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How to paint from scratch in Photoshop

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June 12, 2013

Create a still-life painting with essential Photoshop tools and techniques
In the steps below we explain the main techniques to use Photoshop to paint pictures. We have the ultimate guide to that all-important Brush tool in the latest issue,  where we explore various brush tips, settings and presets. The print edition even comes with a bumper brush pack on the CD with over 600 free fantastic brushes!
To get you started in your quest to become a painting pro, practise a few of these essential skills:
1. Sketch it out
Start by using a …

Create a still-life painting with essential Photoshop tools and techniques

In the steps below we explain the main techniques to use Photoshop to paint pictures. We have the ultimate guide to that all-important Brush tool in the latest issue,  where we explore various brush tips, settings and presets. The print edition even comes with a bumper brush pack on the CD with over 600 free fantastic brushes!

To get you started in your quest to become a painting pro, practise a few of these essential skills:

How to paint from scratch in Photoshop1. Sketch it out

Start by using a Pencil brush to sketch out the main shapes of the still life. If possible, use a photo reference to help establish the forms. Indicate the light direction with some basic shading to create shadows.

2. Base colour

Establish layer groups for each of the subjects and begin to lay down the primary colour tones for each. Explore colour combinations by using a swatches layer with small painted areas for each colour shade.

3. Add shadows

Use a dark grey or deeper tone of each fruit’s colour to apply shadow areas. Reduce the brush opacity or flow to gain greater control over the paint application. Gradually build up the shaded areas with multiple strokes.

4. Reveal highlights

Use a smaller tip brush and bright white to create the highlights on the fruit. The sharper the highlight spots, the glossier the fruit will appear. The highlights on the cloth should be more diffuse.

5. Final details

Each fruit will have its own set of specific details, such as the stem on the apple and the wrinkles on the orange. This step is the most critical for a life-like painting and requires the most time and care.

 

 

Don’t miss the 8-page special on how to master the Brush tool. Pick up the print edition or download the digital version now.