Watercolor Stop Motion Style?


So recently I’ve been working with a client that really wanted that ‘semi real, semi watercolor’ effect, you know, the effect where you usually have ink drops, paint splatters, and organic fades? The goal was to achieve this particular effect with a touch of ‘stop motion’ applied, meaning very choppy frame rates to existing footage(s).


This was actually my first time attempting such an effect, and the client actually loved it (surprisingly). The images above are just quick examples I did to show you guys what I meant by ‘watercolor effect,’ the actual project has a lot more detail and fine tuning. As you can see, I gave it a paper texture to really add more imperfections to the overall color and feel to the project. I could’ve gone more extreme with the ‘watercolor’ effect, but I realized more was less in this example. Tuning things down a little and blending the watercolor effect with the original shot gave it a more convincing look with finer details.

The great thing about freelance work is you get to play around and find new techniques all the time. As a tutorial guy, this value is priceless! In the upcoming week, I hope to release a tutorial or at least a breakdown of how I achieved this particular effect as I know some of you have requested for something like this in the past. This is going to be fun and artistic tutorial, stay tuned!

10 comments
  1. Amazing effect. Can’t wait to see the finished video, and also the tutorial.

    I’m assuming you desaturated it, did some sort of comic-book outline thing, then put the watercolour technique on top (hard to know without seeing the video), and brought back a little of the original layer with it’s colours?

  2. nice, looks real good, definitely looking forward to the tut. as a sidenote i’m still a bit confused as to how frame rates work when they’re uploaded on sites like vimeo/youtube where they force 29 fps (or 30fps, i forget). i can upload a 12fps video on there and it’ll look basically the same on my computer as it does on youtube

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