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Tips for painting in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by The Photoshop Creative Team
January 29, 2014

Here are some of the secrets behind creating this style of art, using brushes and colour adjustment layers

These two elements are very important. Good tools to use are a graphics tablet and a mouse.

Start by adding a new layer and trace over the photo with a low-opacity brush. Duplicate the layer and draw all other details, such as hair and eyes, on top.

Next, duplicate the same layer again, use a mouse to draw the thicker strands of hair and then a tablet to create the finer ones.

Merge all layers using Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Opt/Alt+E and reduce the opacity of the layer.

Apply the skin colour, shadows and hair tone by sampling as you go, using Opt/Alt and the Brush tool, then merge them.

The trick is to use the Color Balance, Hue/Saturation and Selective Color adjustments, with blend modes to create an artistic pattern.

Last, sharpen the image by going to Sharpen>Unsharp Mask to make the painting look authentic.

  • Well… 2 possibilities: 1.You’re already very familiair with PS, know what to do and do not need this summary tutorial. Or 2. You are a beginner and do not have a clue what it’s all about with so little instructions. Please comment if you think this tut was really useful…

  • Lamprou Dimitris

    It’s like NASA instructions : Build a rocket, go to March, done!

  • Khalid Mohamed Osman

    Instead you have to say go to photoshop filters choose what kind of filter,sketch ,water coloursand paint and one click it’s all over

  • Render Nex

    It was useful. I admit, i am very familiar with PS. But there needs to be a platform for advanced users. Otherwise it is boring.

  • JurgenDoe

    very useless tutorial and it does sounds like a NASA instruction as Lamprou Dimitris said it before .. build rocket .. fly to mars .. land … done