Web design trends come and go. You should be very wary not to jump on the latest ones that have no real staying power. An over abundance of glossy-iconed 2.0 sites are sure to look really outdated, real soon. I’d argue they already do. However some trends, can look awesome long after the trend has peaked. I think watercolor designs, when done right, are one of those trends.
Recently, I’ve spotted more and more gorgeous watercolor effects in web design. I’ve created this post to serve as a bookmark for inspiration, resources and tutorials on designing these effects.
Inspiration Web Designs
Here is a showcase of some beautiful examples of watercolor effects in web design.
Billy Hughes At War
A bunch of awesome freebies that will help you produce the look.
Free Watercolour Brush Strokes: Hi-Res PS Brushes + Source Files
106 Delicious Water Color Illustrator Brushes
Photoshop Freebie: Watercolor Brush Set
Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes: Grungy Watercolor
WaterColor .1. Brushes Pack
Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop
A list of some great tutorials to help you learn how to create watercolor effects
Watercolor Brush Tutorial
Create a Watercolor Vector Flower Illustration
Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop
Design Watercolor Effect Menu
Create Convincing Watercolor Effects Using Photoshop
This compilation could have included even more resources, but I wanted to focus on some of the best that I’ve found and not flood it with average ones. I hope you find this useful. Let me know what you think of watercolor effects in web design. Is the trend here to stay?