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10 free Photoshop brushes for painting skin and hair

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Marta Dahlig explains how to make best use of custom brushes in Photoshop and Corel Painter.Thanks to painting software, artists are not limited to traditional brushes any more, but are encouraged to create their own. There are many brilliant free Photoshop brushes out there to download, and in this three-part workshop I will be describing how to use custom brushes to create characters, costumes and the environment.While this workshop is mainly designed for Photoshop users (CS2 and above), I will also share tips for Corel Painter users to achieve similar effects. Download all 10 brushes here, and stay tuned for part two next week!01. Ragged hard round brushThis is the first brush I use for any painting. An altered Hard Round brush with ragged edges is perfect for t...
How to Create a Dramatic Digital Painting in Photoshop

How to Create a Dramatic Digital Painting in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a dramatic digital painting in Photoshop by showing you how to illustrate an eagle and falcon battling it out in the sky. Let's get started!1. Create a Rough SketchStep 1The first step is to create a rough sketch of the whole image. Use Chalk brushto block out some basic shapes of the eagle and falcon.Use colors similar to these, its a basic color scheme to start out with, there will be a lot more colors later. 89604a - background color b8a69c - eagle color 7b6568 - falcon highlight color 22202b - falcon shadows color Step 2Mark the placement of the eagle's eye and falcon's beak. Also add some highlights to eagle's beak with light yellow color. Then, choose Soft Round Brush and darken the right-bottom corner of the image.Step 3Using th...
Create a Soil Cake for Pie Charts and Infographics

Create a Soil Cake for Pie Charts and Infographics

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Infographics are an efficient and fun way to present data. You may notice, however, that infographics are often flat vector illustrations. What if you wanted to create something a bit more photo realistic? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a soil cake using photographic elements for use in pie charts. Let’s get started!Tutorial AssetsThe following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Please download them before you begin.Texture: Sand cliffTexture: Rock cliffTexture: GravelTexture: Dead grassPhoto: Wheat fieldPhoto: Grazing cowPhoto: Grass1. Draw a SketchStep 1Create a new document (Command/Ctrl + N) sized 600 x 700 pixels. Draw a simple b/w sketch any way you prefer (shapes, scan, etc.). In this case it has been drawn with a pen tablet. It’s ne...
The Making of “Heavy Heroes”

The Making of “Heavy Heroes”

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   When you are reviewing artwork, you will might find that the idea behind the artwork is just as important as the quality or execution of the final product. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a humorous illustration depicting a team of over-weight (X-Men) superheroes using several techniques in Photoshop. Let's get started!1. Sketch the IllustrationStep 1Open a New Document, Letter Size at 300 dpi. Step 2Start by drawing the basic shapes using circles, this is only to determine the balance and the general composition. Step 3Then start defining the details of the characters and background. The accuracy of the sketch depends on the artist, in this case use it for the general details. ...
Create a Horror Movie-Themed Photo Composition in Photoshop

Create a Horror Movie-Themed Photo Composition in Photoshop

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Creating a horror movie-themed photo composition in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. Choosing the right photos is an important step in the process, but it is also important to blend those photos together in a realistic and believable way. In this tutorial we will show you how to do this using the appropriate light balance, use of midtones, depth of field, blending, and more. Let’s get started!Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Girl Room Armchair Stroller BrushesStep 1 First of all let’s create the document we are going to work in. We will use a standard A4 format canvas at 300 Pixels/Inch in RGB Color.Step 2 Drag the Room stock photo to the canvas. Before placing it, right – click and select Flip Horizontal so ...
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Create a “Two-Faced” Digital Painting in Photoshop    Creating a nice character painting in Photoshop can be a difficult but rewarding task. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a classic Batman villain in Photoshop. Let’s get started!Tutorial AssetsThe following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Brush FileStep 1Go to ‘File’ > New.Step 2The next step is to decide on the dimensions of the canvas you’d like to work with. For portrait work, it’s a good idea to work with a size roughly associated with the standard paper size. For this image in particular, around 9 inches by 12 inches would suffice. Always remember to use 300 DPI to ensure that the image is suitable for printing purposes. Working at high resolution also helps for...
Create a Cute Zombie Illustration in Photoshop

Create a Cute Zombie Illustration in Photoshop

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Zombies have been a staple of science fiction and horror films for decades. Recently, the T.V. show "The Walking Dead" renewed the public’s interest in these gruesome creatures. While "The Walking Dead’s" interpretation of zombies is quite scary and horrific, in this tutorial, Liran Szeiman will show you how to create a cute zombie illustration that might be more appropriate for less mature audiences. This tutorial also includes a speed painting video that demonstrates the entire process. Let’s get started!Tutorial AssetsThe following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Texture 1Texture 2Texture 3 by Kamina Kapow1. PreparationStep 1Create a New File by going to File > New (Command/Ctrl + N). In Preset select Custom and set the size as in the image below. S...
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Create an Evil Queen in Photoshop    Tutorial AssetsThe following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Texture 1Brush setStep 1Let’s start creating a new file by going to File > New (Command/Ctrl + N).In Preset select International Paper and in Size, A4.Now we have a brand new canvas.Let’s choose a middle tone for that background in order to make easier to work with lights and shadows. I like this “chocolate”.Now fill the canvas.Step 2The first step is to draw the shape of the bust. For this we are going to the pencil tool.Select a hard circular pencil shape, 100% opacity, 1% spacing. Select Transfer and apply opacity jitter with pen pressure.Now click (D) to set the main color to black, imagine where the head is going to be and drop a big black...
HYSTERICAL MINDS 8 : SHADOWNESS

HYSTERICAL MINDS 8 : SHADOWNESS

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This is my work for HM 8th exhibition:"The Hysterical Minds artistic collective, in collaboration with the artistic community Shadowness.com, presents its eighth expression, HM8:SHADOWNESS, exhibition for which each artist has his personal vision of his darker side, through different styles and a variety of concepts, creating a disturbing set, of high quality and facing the tough challenge of raising a qualitative step in our growth dynamics, reasons why, together, we are sure you will not go unnoticed.Focusing on a more illustrative esthetic dynamic and a dark concept, facing an art book project that will be released soon commissioned by a publishing company, we have developed this exhibit midway between the usual way of working the grupal exhibitiones of a collective on the on...