I am going to show you how to use Paint Shop Pro to print some guides when trying to layer watercolors.
My layers are usually, yellow, red then blue. In that order because yellow is usually not a very transparent pigment, so it’s better to place it under in the staking order so colors won’t get muddy. I then try to use a transparent blue and red.
In this demo I am using Corel Paint Shop Photo pro X3, you can download a trial version for free if you want to give it a try. And I am sure other softwares will have the same features.
Tutorial : Corel Paint Shop Pro for layering watercolors
This is the picture I used to paint this watercolor. Note that I already modified the picture, in paint shop pro, cropping it, adjusting the contrast and color balance.
My reference picture.
I open this picture with Paint Shop pro, then will go to the Image Menu, then Split Channel, then split to CMYK, as shown on the following screenshot :
I then will have my original picture, plus 4 black and white pictures, yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black.
I am usually not using the black one. Starting with my yellow picture I will try to paint my yellow under-layer using my black and white picture as a guide, the more black, the more yellow I will use. I guess you could try to colorize the b&w picture in yellow if that’s easier that way, but I like better working with the b&w.
So this is my yellow layer in Paint Shop Pro :
And my yellow layer in watercolors :
I do the same for the blue and the red layer, using my pictures as a guide :
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