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8 free watercolour Layer Styles for Photoshop

Aug 11, 2016 | Freebies

Over the last 18 months or so, watercolour themed designs have become immensely popular. Almost everywhere you look these days you’ll find watercolour graphics, patterns, backgrounds, and effects.

Probably the most popular aspect of this trend though is watercolour lettering.

To help you quickly and easily create watercolour pieces of your own, I’ve put together this set of free watercolour Layer Styles that enable you to apply watercolour effects to your type and lettering in Photoshop with just a single click.

How to use the Layer Styles

Loading the Layer Styles

Go the Styles panel (Window > Styles), open the Styles panel menu, select Load Styles, then open the file called ‘Watercolour Styles by Sivioco’.

Applying the Layer Styles

To apply the Styles to your type, simply make sure your type is selected then click the Style of your choice. A watercolour effect will then instantly be applied.

Improving the realism

If you’re applying one of the Styles to type placed on top a textured background, you can quickly improve the the realism of the effect by setting the Pattern Overlay’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Download the watercolour layer styles


  1. Mel W.

    These are exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Esther

    Thank you for sharing so generously!

  3. Patchas

    Thank you for so generously sharing your time and talent.

    • Sam Jones

      Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

  4. happyscrapper

    Thank you! Love watercolors!

  5. Karen C.

    Thank you for your generosity! These are so nice.

    • Sam Jones

      You’re welcome, Karen! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  6. Su Hall

    How cool! Thank you!


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