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Scott Gilmore
How to add antique watercolor effect to map.
on Aug 17, 2012 at 1:52:59 am

I am trying to turn a map that looks like this:



Into one that looks more like this:



Specifically, is there a Live Paint Bucket effect I can use that mimics the blue watercolor border used on the lakes in the old map?

Thank you in advance for any guidance you can give me!


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: How to add antique watercolor effect to map.
on Aug 18, 2012 at 6:40:00 pm

I would use the shape blender: copy one of your lakes, paste in front and resize, change the colors to match the blue water and beige-y map color you want and use the blend tool to get the gradient effect from the water to the map color. Creating a gradient could work, too, but it would take longer I would think. Then again i'm still using CS3.

Reply back if you want a step by step and I can make up samples.

Jonathan Ziegler
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Tom O'Sullivan
Re: How to add antique watercolor effect to map.
on Aug 20, 2012 at 11:40:34 am

I'd love to see the end results and hear how you get on.

You didnt ask about ageing, but I know a photoshop tutorial that might help:

you need an nice old piece of blank paper -
- photograph it or scan it in
- give it a layer and set blend mode to multiply

See steps 10 to 12 here (other ageing effects included):
http://rosalarian.deviantart.com/art/Golden-Age-Tutorial-132295096


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