trying to do something in photoshop - could use some help!

posted March 8th, 2018
there's an effect i want to achieve in photoshop and i don't think it's asking too much, but for the life of me, i can't figure out how to do it... i'm hoping someone can help guide me on what PS functionality i need to invoke...

what i want to do is create the effect of a brush stroke like the black ones in this image
https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/paint-brush-stroke.html

my idea is to add a wash of colour onto a black and white image using this type of brush stroke at less than 100% opacity... i've tried all sorts of brushes in PS without success...

any insight? am i using the wrong brushes? the wrong technique (I don't use a wacom tablet)? or is what i want to do just not possible with a brush?

i wish i could find an example of an image with the effect i am after, but nothing i've come across so far is quite what i am looking for...

anyhoo - any help would be most appreciated...

tx!!
posted March 8th, 2018
@northy I think you need dry brushes...may need to download some. or watercolor brushes.
posted March 8th, 2018
@jackies365 tx Jackie... i actually do have some... but they don't seem able to produce the effect i'm after... not sure if i'm using them wrong or they just aren't what i need... i've tried messing about with all the brush settings i can think of and not happy with any of the results...
posted March 8th, 2018
@northy how about watercolor brushes?
posted March 8th, 2018
@jackies365 yep.. tried those too.. and oils... nothing looks right... possibly using a stylus and tablet would help, but I really don’t think so... I think I’m missing something about brushes entirely, or I need to try a completely different approach...
posted March 8th, 2018
@northy You may need to download free high res brush strokes. there are a few on the Internet. https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/1990-free-hi-resolution-paint-stroke-photoshop-brushes


This one may still be active. If not, just put high res brush strokes photoshop into google.
posted March 8th, 2018
You need to put the brush strokes onto their own layer. This will mean that you can then alter the opacity of the layer to get the effect you want. Or you could try it the other way around. Brush strokes then the opacity of the image. There are also a number of free photoshop actions around that would allow you to create a 'painting' or 'drawing' I have a water colour one that might work.
This site has LOTS of actions that might work https://graphicriver.net/item/mixed-media-photoshop-action/20449556?ref=sevenstyles
I have the hand drawn, watercolour and a couple of others. Feel free to email me and I can maybe help out.
posted March 8th, 2018
@k1w1 I don't suppose you know if those actions would work on Photoshop Elements? I've got Elements 11
posted March 8th, 2018
@carolineb7 I think they are only Photoshop. They do have a pretty good forum section so maybe you could look through there to see if there is an answer
posted March 8th, 2018
@k1w1 thanks will do, it looks quite good :)
posted March 9th, 2018
@onewing tx Babs... exactly what i needed...

@k1w1 - those look VERY cool... i've never really played much with actions but will definitely check into this...
posted March 9th, 2018
@northy There are great video tutorials with all of them and they are very easy to use.
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