Digital Painting Photoshop Tutorial
In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn to create a Digital Painting effect using Mixer brush. So mixer Brush is basically a digital painting brush which we can use on layer directly or we can use it on an empty layer by mark on apply mark on set to all layers. Mixer brush setting you can as per your need but in this Photoshop tutorial i use the setting as per Fig 1.1
So let’s start with the Photoshop digital painting tutorial. Firstly take your photo. You should remove the background by pen tool. Take cloud background. Put on the backside of the cropped layer. Make both layers black and white by using Black and white adjustment layers. Apply on both layers fig 1.2. Place this layer on the top of all layers. Now use the mixer brush. Convert this brush setting to a painting brush setting. As on the Fig 1.1 Now go to the mixer brush setting, apply the setting as in fig 1.1 and apply on the portrait layer directly. Now you can see we are getting a digital paint feel. Apply very gently.
Apply Photoshop layer mask on the portrait layer. right click on the portrait layer and do apply layer mask. Now remove the bottom portion of the portrait by using an eraser. A very special brush is used here that is an environmental brush. Download the brush at the end of this tutorial. Specialty of this brush is that it rotates automatically. Apply gently this environmental brush on the bottom part of this portrait Fig 1.3
Now after painting on face, inactive this layer and apply a mixer brush on the cloud layer that is below the portrait and apply vertically and horizontally. Now you are getting the feel of digital painting portraits.Here Important part is starting: Take a new adjustment layer gradient map. Click the gradient bar to take a different color as per fig 1.5 place this adjustment on the top of every layer.
Now take 2 empty layers. Fill one layer with black color. Set this layer blending modes to screen. Now it is important to have 2 layers upon black layer. One is Empty and another is a gradient map. Apply clip mask to both this layer underneath black layer. Effect of Gradient map will be disappear see fig 1.6
Digital Painting Step
Now select a normal brush. Make it a painting brush by applying the setting on the Fig 1.7 . Apply this brush on the empty layer gently to adjust the opacity of brush as per your need. High opacity of brush in photoshop means, more effect low opacity means low effect of photoshop brush.
Now apply the brush on the face as per light direction. One important main point here is, Try to use wacom tablet for painting purpose. Now a days wacom tablet is not expensive. wacom tablet is easy to carry and handle while you are travelling. Apply on the highlight part of the face and apply only a few strokes on the dark side of the portrait. Paint just like to create highlights on the left top side of the portrait. Apply this brush on the clouds to make red light on the top right corner on the canvas. Now you have a very beautiful digital paint Portrait. This effect is Arunz Creation most favourite effect . i always love to do painting with mixer brush. Moreover Mixer brush is very important because sometime we use this brush skin retouching also.
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