This post is in partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018. All opinions and ideas are my own.  The possibilities for creating works of art for your walls are endless and I am thrilled I get to share this fun technique with you.

Turn a favorite photo into a beautiful watercolor and display it on your own DIY wrapped photo canvas. It’s easy and you only need a few supplies. Grab a photo and let’s get started.

DIY wrapped canvas

DIY Wrapped Photo Canvas Supplies

  • Photo -Photos that don’t have high contrast work best with this technique. Also, choose photos with high resolution.
  • Computer
  • Photoshop Elements 2018 (download your free trial here)
  • Printer
  • Printable canvas fabric
  • 5″ X 7″ wrapped canvas or stretcher bars
  • Staple gun
  • Staples

wrapped canvas supplies

DIY Custom Watercolor Photo Wrapped Canvas

Use Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018, to transform a photo into a work of art. In this quick video, I will show you how easy it is to transform a photograph into a watercolor using the Watercolor Effect Guided Edit.  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 offers many Guided Edits that provide step-by-step instructions to make it easy to give your photos amazing effects. I love how easy it is to edit my photos without tons of guesswork and training! Adobe has made it possible for me to easily edit like a pro!

How to use the Watercolor Effect Guided Edit in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018

Choose the Guided mode at the top and then choose Special Edits. Then select Watercolor Effect. The Watercolor effect helps you add all the special details to make your photograph look like a painting.  This technique is perfect for printing and displaying photos on your walls.  It gives them a special touch that will showcase your memories perfectly!

adobe photoshop elements 2018 guided edits

Choose a watercolor effect on the right side.  I chose Effect 1.

watercolor effects Adobe Elements

Next, choose a watercolor paper. This is where the magic happens.  The watercolor overlays give the photo all the details of a watercolor painting.

watercolor effect guided edit

Choose a canvas texture. The slider allows you to change the intensity of the effect.

canvas texture watercolor effect

If there are any brush strokes you would like removed they can be easily removed with the Refine Effect Brush. I took away the dark brush stroke under the left eye.

Now you are ready to print.  For this wrapped canvas project choose actual size 8 1/2 X 11″. Select, Center Image on the page. Place the printable cotton canvas in the printer and print. Don’t forget to grab your Adobe Photoshop Elements free trial so you can try it out!

print with Adobe


How to make a wrapped photo canvas

Following manufacturer instructions,  print your photo onto one sheet of the cotton canvas.

photo on printable cotton canvas

Remove paper backing from the canvas. The back of the cotton canvas is sticky. Place the wrapped canvas on the back of the printed canvas.

wrap printed photo around the canvas

Wrap the printed canvas around to the back. Use a staple gun to fasten.

staple canvas to frame

Continue stapling the canvas to the back. There is just enough room to staple in some areas, but it will work.  To keep the canvas tight, staple, then move to opposite side to staple.

wrapped canvas tutorial

Are you ready to decorate? Photos make a home warm and inviting and with these simple techniques you can turn your photos into a beautiful display. You will love how easily you can edit your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 to make your photos works of art!

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  1. Great DIY video lesson and wonderful directions. The possibilities are endless. Thank you!

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