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In this simple tutorial I’ll show you how to digitally paint a fantastic girl character in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Beginners and also Advanced Artists can study this tutorial…I’ll be showing you some great techniques., and I hope this will be of some help to others. For this image, I used my favorite software: Adobe Photoshop. For my other works please visit my website http://www.3d2dizayn.com/ Should you have any questions or comments, please contact me at: email@example.com
• Photoshop CS3
• Wacom Graphire 3 USB (Blue)
• You can download the main tutorial file for free.
Preview of Final Results
Download the PSD
Step 1: The very first step of this tutorial is to draw the base sketch for the main idea . First of all Let‘s open a new document (approximately 700wide and 826 high, around 72 dpi) and make a preliminary sketch. (Ctrl+N or File > New). For now it is in 72dpi, but after changing the resolution to 300dpi (without re-sampling image) you can able to print it on A3 format in pretty good quality
* Width: 700px
* Height: 826px
* Resolution: 72.
Step 2: Let’s begin by first sketching the girl portrait. In my tutorial, I sketched it directly into Photoshop using my tablet. If it is easier, feel free to sketch your portrait on a piece of paper and scan it into Photoshop. If sketching isn’t your strength, you can download my sketch here. Now, here is the main sketch work which I draw, pretty simple….let’s not to try to make it super detailed because the lines will be covered up., you will go over it later. Choose a blue colour for the sky. Fill (G) the background layer in with blue (#6594d8).
Step 3: Now finishing the the sketch, I set the sketch layer to “multiply” … so you‘ll be able to see the before layer while you painting… When I felt my sketch is quite nice I named my new layer name as ”sketch” . Ah by the way I forget to tell you that I am giving my first psd file with the main sketch. You can use my psd file for the start. When you download the first psd file you will see the sketch layer. And now here as you see I have 4 layers. You must give a name to your sketch layer too.
Step 4: My color palette. An important stage in creating your artwork is to decide which colors are best for your painting. When you start a painting it is really very important to have a color palette…preferably at the corner of the painting. Here my colors don’t look attractive at first, but it allows you to control the scene from the very very beginning.
Step 5: Then I click on the Brush Tool (B) and choose a very thin, hard brush. As you know, soft brushes are the blurry ones and hard brushes are more solid. Note that you can have any color selected as your brush color because we’ll go over it with a layer style shortly. Here I am going to use only standard brushes with some different pen pressure settings. Here let me show my brush settings and these are the brush categories that I mostly use for this kind of paintings. And try your brush. See how soft it is and make some strokes with your new brush settings.
Step 6: We have basic colors and brushes , now we’re ready to paint. There are no need to go into the details. Try to see the image as a whole in this step. Make sure the layer of the color selected..not the layer of the sketch. We are going to use a large brush to put some general shading on the overall shape of the head and the neck. As you can see in the screenshot… nothing is detailed at this step.
Step 7: We are now starting to detail the face…adding more pink to her cheeks… and a little bit contrast to the sides of her face. A reminding; pay attention to your layers and make sure they do not clash with the skin or the hair. You can lock or hide all the layers except the hair layer. I use different layers for each part of the body… it is more easier that way to keep them seperated… so you don’t have to erase when you go over a line. Well, I delete the colors on her lips because I don’t want such detail on this step. Don’t be afraid to erase something..the more you draw the better anyway