If you love watercolors but lack the ability to paint them yourself, you can always turn your best digital photographs into colorful and artistic watercolors using Watercolor Studio. This utility offers you a wide range of watercolor profiles and customizable settings to help you convert your images into paintings with just one click and a bit of artistic inspiration.
You can upload any image in any of the most common file formats to the program’s main interface. Its oversized canvas and its zoom capabilities will let you view your best shots to the tiniest detail. The next step is to select one of the many watercolor profiles provided, which appear as thumbnails in a ribbon located at the bottom side of the interface. Just click on one of them and check the result. Try as many presets as you wish, and fine-tune your selection by applying a number of easy-to-use settings related to the lighting, contrast, detail, edge bleed, liquidity, or the depth of the shades, to name but a few.
You’re also offered a few brushes to add an artistic touch to your watercolor and to remove certain blemishes in specific areas of the “painting”. You can also crop your image easily to make a certain section stand out from the rest. The program’s support for masks and layers will let you play with all the possibilities until your creation looks just right. Finally, the program’s set of “Artistic Finishes” will allow you to apply that definitive touch by adding an extra textured layer to the resulting painting.
Watercolor Studio has been designed to be of use for all watercolor lovers regardless of their image editing skills – its simplicity of use, however, contrasts with the high quality of the resulting images and the pro-like price tag that goes with it. Unlike similar tools that merely offer a limited set of presets, Watercolor Studio offers you enough alternatives to produce the most amazing and varied watercolors from all kinds of pictures and for both landscapes and portraits.
- Layer support
- One-click watercolor presets
- Customizable quality settings
- Brush-based easy correction tools
- A bit pricey