How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop

Learn how to create this amazing photo manipulation with a variety of blending techniques, custom brushes, and more. This intermediate-advanced tutorial also comes with its own set of raw ink splatter scans so that you can practice creating your own Photoshop brushes. And of course, the full layered PSD is included as well.

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

In this step I will show how to create custom brush. For this I used scan of splashes made with ink.

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Use the Crop Tool (C) (by pressing shift key you will select square)

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Add a Black & White Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White. Set to “High Contrast Red Filter”

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Go to Channels panel and duplicate Red Channel. Right click on Red channel and chose Duplicate channel.

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Go to Image/Adjustments/Levels. Move the sliders so that the splatter was dark and the background white.

Settings

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Load selection

Press Ctrl then click Red channel.

Invert selection

Select/Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I). Before you come back to Layers panel don’t forget select RGB channel.

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Go to Layers panel select splash layer then press Ctrl+J you will cut your selection.

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Try to use different ways for selection like Color range or even Magic Wand Tool.

Color range (example)

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Now clean up parts which you don’t like. For this you can use Eraser tool (E) Also if you like change splash position.

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Create brush.

I use 2500x2500px 300dpi canvas for my brushes. Go to Edit/Define Brush Preset.

Please see my brush settings.

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Step 2

Create new document (File > New or Ctrl/Cmd+N)

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Add Horse photo.

Folder: Resources/Horse.psd

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Add a black to white gradient map by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

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Right click on your layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).

Settings:

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Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.

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Select the Brush tool (B) then paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask. Usually, I just use the first default brush. Brush opacity 50%.

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Use this brush and paint on layer mask with white color.

Just move brush above the place you want to uncover and click once or twice.

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Use this brush and paint on layer mask with white color.

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Step 3

In this step you will apply a Roots photo layer (Folder: Resources/IMG_5602) to the Horse layer.

Add roots photo above Horse layer.

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Right click on your layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).

Settings:

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Use Oil paint filter. Filter/Oil paint.

Settings:

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Apply a Roots photo layer to the Horse layer

To do this, press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and point your cursor above the red line. You will see an icon – click on it.

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Change blending mode on the Roots layer to Soft Light

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Above roots layer add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now go to Edit > Fill, set the contents to 50% Gray, then click OK.

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Apply 50% Gray layer to the Roots layer.

Set the layers blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. Now use Dodge Tool (soft brush) and paint on this layer. For the brush settings, I used an exposure of around 20-50%.

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This is the layer set to Normal

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By mistake I deleted layer with this Horse version, so my horse looks like this.

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Layers structure at this stage.

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Info: Cienie / Podświetlenie mean Shadow/Highlights (Sorry about that, I use the Polish version of Photoshop)

Step 4

In this step I will add more roots. It is really hard to repeat all painting steps, so I will show how I do this in the following example.

Open IMG_5598 Folder: Resources/IMG_5598

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Add layer mask.

Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.

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Use soft brush, opacity 50% and paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask.

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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask.

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Use the same brush, but this time paint with white #ffffff on the layer mask.

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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with white # ffffff on the layer mask.

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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask.

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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with white # ffffff on the layer mask.

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Now when you know how to create this, I will start add roots to the image.

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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).

Settings:

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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).

Settings:

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IMG_5596.psd

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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).

Settings:

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Layer structure.

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Between roots layers add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N).

Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff, it will give us some lights. Brush opacity 30-50%

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Screen with selection of the light layer.

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Add another light layer between roots layers. (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N).

Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff. Brush opacity 30-50%

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Screen with selection of the light layer.

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Above Horse folder add another light layer. (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N).

Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff. Brush opacity 30-50%

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Change layer opacity to 20%

Screen with selection of the light layer.

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Layers structure at this stage.

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The whole image at this stage.

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Step 5

In this step I will paint Horse hairs. For this I will use Smudge tool.

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Use this brush. Brush size 70px.

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Brush settings.

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Before you start painting turn off roots layers, we need only horse visible.

One more thing, we need to apply image, to do this add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N) then go to Image/Apply image. Don’t change anything, just click OK.

Now we are ready to paint.

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Paint in the arrows direction.

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Quick steps.

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Use Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) make the selection, then press Ctrl+J and cut out the head.

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Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.

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Select the Brush tool (B) then paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask.

Mask view.

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When you finish, change layer blending mode to Darken

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Step 6

Add dirty background.

Above Gradient Map layer add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Layer opacity 10%. Layer name splash.

Now use custom brushes and make the background dirty J

This layer set to opacity 100%.

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Next, we’re going to add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels).

Here are the settings:

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Next, we’re going to add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness / Contrast).

Here are the settings:

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Step 7

In this step we will create the lines. For this I will use Root picture. Folder Resources/Root.psd

Now use Liquify (Filter/Liquify).

Brush settings.

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Steps.

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Now we are ready add some lines to the image.

Steps

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Layers structure at this stage.

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Step 8

Time to add some colour, as first I will use Color Lookup (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup).

Settings:

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Use huge soft brush and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 50-70%

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Above Color Lookup layer add Gradient Map layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

Layer set to Color Burn, Opacity 10%

Use this gradient.

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Above Gradient Map create Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels)

Settings:

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Use huge soft brush and paint center of the image with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 30-50%

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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Color, opacity 50%

Use huge brush and paint with color #7c59e0.

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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Linear Dodge.

Use huge soft brush and paint over Horse leg, color #faf4da.

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Now I want to make borders darker.

Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Subtract.

Use huge soft brush and paint border with color #eae2d4. Brush opacity 10-20%

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Above add Solid Color layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color) Layer blending mode set to Darken, layer opacity 70%, color #f6ff68

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Use huge soft brush and paint bottom of the image with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 30-100%

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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Color.

Use huge soft brush and paint top of the image with color #291988. Brush opacity 50%.

If you paint to much use Eraser Tool (E).

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I decided that the bottom of the image should be white, for this I will use white # ffffff Gradient layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient)

Settings:

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Use huge soft brush and paint bottom of the image with black # 000000. Paint of course on the Gradient layer mask. Brush opacity 30-50%

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Layers structure.

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Step 9

In this step I will make drops, then I will add them to the image.

Use Pen Tool (P) and make shape like this. Shape color # ece8d7

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Now I will add some effects. Open Layer Style window by double click on the shape layer.

Settings:

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Should look like this.

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Add drops to the image.

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Make a copy folders with LINES and DROPS (right click on the folder then chose Duplicate group) and merge them (select folder then press Ctrl + E)

Now merge LINES and DROPS and load selection (select layer then press Ctrl and click on the layer)

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Select Gradient fill layer and paint on the layer mask with black # 000000

You can hide selection by clicking Ctrl + H

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Layers structure.

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Step 10

Apply the image, add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N) now go to Image/Apply image. Don’t change anything, just click OK.

Duplicate layer Ctrl + J

Now go to Filter/Oil paint

Settings:

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I don’t want this effect on the background so add the layer mask and paint with black to show layer without effect.

Mask view.

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Apply the image, add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N) now go to Image/Apply image. Don’t change anything, just click OK.

Select this layer then go to the Channels panel, select Red channel then make selection Ctrl + A, and copy the channel Ctrl + C

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Before you come back to the Layers panel don’t forget select RGB channel.

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Now go to Layers panel and press Ctrl + V

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Change blending mode to Soft Light, layer opacity 50%

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Apply the image, add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N) now go to Image/Apply image. Don’t change anything, just click OK.

Now sharp the image, go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen more.

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Step 11

Final touch up.

Because my PC is “dying” I will change picture resolution for this step.

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Use Sharpen Tool

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Settings:

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Paint with soft brush.

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Some close-ups

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Download the PSD

Tutorial by Dariusz Markiw

I hope that you enjoy the tutorial. Best regards!

– Dariusz Markiw

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Create a Wonderfully Colorful and Everlasting Dream” Fantasy Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy, heavenly scene with a beautiful dreamer. You’ll learn how to play with color, blend using adjustment layers and brush, add texture, work with lighting effect and more.

What you’ll be creating

We’ll start this tutorial by creating a beautiful lake scene from a sky image. Then we’ll add nebula texture to increase fantasy effect for the scene. Later we’ll add clouds, paper boat, model, castle and blend them using adjustment layers, masking and brush. Then we’ll continue to build up the color and light of the image with light and nebula textures. Finally we’ll use an adjustment layer to enhance the final effect. I recommend you to use Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial properly.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the given settings:

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Step 2

Open the sky stock. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection of the sky part:

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Use the Move Too (V) to drag this selection onto the top of our white canvas:

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Name it “sky”.

Step 3

Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical, move it down then place this layer under the sky one.

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Go to Filter > Blur >Motion Blur and pick the settings below:

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Name this layer “lake”.

Step 4

To add some red and blue to the scene, I used an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance:

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Step 5

I used a Curves adjustment layer to add some nice cyan tone to the picture:

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Step 6

To change the contrast of the pic, I used a Levels adjustment layer:

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On this Levels layer mask use a soft black brush with opacity from 20-25% to erase the center and right side of the pic. You can see how I did it on the layer mask and result on the picture:

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Step 7

To create more light for the sky I used a soft brush with color #f9e398 to paint over the right of the horizon. Change the mode to Overlay 100%:

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Click the second button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to reduce the light effect as the image below shows:

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Step 8

Place the nebula 1 image over the picture, then change the mode to Hard Light 100%:

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Add layer mask to this one. Use a soft brush to reduce the nebula effect in the sky and on the lake:

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Step 9

Duplicate this layer, flip it vertically and move it down to create reflection for this nebula effect:

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Apply Motion Blur to this layer:

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Step 10

Make the nebula 1 layer and its reflection selected then press Cmd/Ctrl+G to create a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Hard Light 100%. Make a Curves adjustment layer on the top of the layers within this group to change the color of the nebula effect:

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Step 11

I used a Color Balance adjustment layer to make this effect more vibrant:

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Step 12

Make a new layer on the top (above the nebula 1 group). Change the brush to the cloud ones. I used number 1252, color #fcf5db to paint a cloud at the middle section of the lake:

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Duplicate this layer, move the lower down to make reflection for this cloud after flipping it vertically. Lower the opacity of this reflection layer to 50%:

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Use layer mask to reduce the top of this reflection then apply Motion Blur :

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Step 14

I painted another cloud (number 1369) at the right of the first one:

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Make reflection for this cloud as done with the first:

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Step 15

Paint two other clouds at the left of the first and make reflections for them:

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I used a Curves adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to darken a cloud a little:

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On this Curves layer mask use a soft brush to erase the top to keep it a bit darker than the bottom:

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Step 17

Group all the cloud layers and their reflection ones. Change the mode of this group to Normal 100%. Add a Selective Color adjustment layer to add some yellow to the white clouds:

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On its layer mask, use a soft brush to reduce the yellow effect on the cloud at the left edge:

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I used a Curves adjustment layer to darken and change the color of the clouds:

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Apply brush masking to refine the light on them. You can see the result on the mask and on the picture:

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Step 19

Open the paper boat stock and extract it from the background.

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Make a new layer and active the Clone Tool (S). Use this tool to remove the splash on the boat:

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Hide the background layer. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+Shift+E to merge the extracted boat and the clone layers. To reform this boat, use the Lasso Tool to choose the bottom of the boat, right click it, choose Layer via Cut:

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Use the Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) to scale this bottom down to fit the top of the boat:

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Merge all transparent layers.

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Place the merged boat at the cloud on the right edge. I set this layer under the clouds group:

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Make reflection for this boat as done with another elements:

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Step 22

Group the boat and its reflection layers. I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to reduce the saturation of the boat:

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Add some vibrant color to the boat with Color Balance:

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I used a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the top of the boat:

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On this Curves layer mask erase the bottom with a soft black brush as it should be darker than the top.

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Step 25

Open the model stock. Use your own method to extract her from the background.

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Make a new layer and use the Clone Tool to remove the tattoo and branches on her legs:

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Make a new layer. Active the Brush Tool with the basic ones and color #989079. Press F5 to change the settings of this brush:

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Use this brush to paint flying hair strands for the model.

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Make another layer and pick the lighter color (#deddc8) for this brush. Paint more hair for her:

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Merge the model, clone and hair ones.

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Place the model onto the biggest cloud (at the center):

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Use layer mask with a cloud brush to blend the model legs with this cloud:

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Make reflection for the model as done with the others.

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Group the model and her reflection layers. Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer within this group to reduce the redness on two these layers:

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Use Color Balance to add some vibrant yellow to the model:

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I used Curves to darken the front of the model then erase the rest of hers to keep its brightness:

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To add some bright yellow light of the scene reflected on the model and her reflection I made a new layer, used a soft brush with color #ecc886 to paint on the right of them. Change the mode of this layer to Overlay 100%:

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Cut out the castle and place it onto a left cloud. Pick a cloud brush (I chose the number 1369) to blend this castle with the cloud:

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Make reflection for this castle as done with another elements:

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Now come back to the clouds group. Select the mask of the cloud’s reflection mentioned in previous step. Choose the cloud brush you used to mask off the castle and press F5 to flip its position:

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Paint on the top of this reflection to create a likeness between this cloud and its reflection through the lake:

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Group the castle and its reflection layers. Use Color Balance to add some warm color to them:

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Use a Curves adjustment layer to darken them a little:

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To change the contrast of the whole scene, make a new layer on the top . Active the Gradient Tool (G), choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white). Change the mode to Soft Light 100%:

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Apply layer mask to refine the contrast of the image:

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In this step I use a soft brush with the color #ecc886 to paint over the model and her reflection to give them a glowing effect. Change the mode to Overlay 70%:

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Open the light 1 images pack. I chose “starry4” to cover the working image then set the mode to Screen 100%:

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Use a soft brush with opacity about 20-25% to reduce the red effect on the top of the scene:

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I used Hue/Saturation to turn some of the glowing dots on the lake into blue:

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Erase the higher parts to keep their color as before adding Hue/Saturation:

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Duplicate this light layer and lower its position at the center. Apply layer mask to smoothly blend it with the scene: :

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After duplicating it again , move it to the top right and erase gently this effect with layer mask:

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I used a Levels adjustment layer to reduce the saturation of this part:

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On its layer mask use a soft brush to erase some of the glowing dots :

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Add this texture to the part around the paper boat:

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I used Hue/Saturation to turn the color into a bright yellow:

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Place the nebula 2 image at the model position. Use the Warp Tool (Edit > Transform > Warp) to bend this image as shown below:

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Change the mode to Screen 100% and use layer mask to remove the hard edges:

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Duplicate this layer and alter the mode to Color Dodge 100%. Here are the results of its layer mask and the picture:

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Open the light 2 images pack and choose number 38 (feel free to take the one you like). Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate this layer. Go to Filter > Liquify and choose the Forward Warp Tool with the settings below:

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Use this tool to turn the form of this light into a curve:

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Drag this result onto the model part and bend it a little with the Warp Tool:

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Change the mode to Linear Dodge 100% and use layer mask to reduce the light effect:

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Use Hue/Saturation to change the light color to a bright yellow:

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Add a Vibrance adjustment layer to the top of the layers:

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On this adjustment layer mask use a soft brush to reduce the effect on the following parts:

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Final Results

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Download the PSD

Tutorial by Jenny Le

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I hope that you enjoyed it. If you want to view my other arts and tutorials you can follow me on Facebook or look at my Deviantart page .

– Jenny

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Create a Fantasy Warrior Painting From Scratch

Let’s face it – everyone likes fantasy. And girls. And fantasy girls. Not everyone can draw them though. Follow this tutorial and hopefully you’ll learn a lot about painting your own fantasy character!

Preview of Final Results

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Start with a basic sketch of the pose of your character. No details, just rough lines. If you don’t feel so sure about your anatomy/pose skills, don’t hesitate to use one of SenshiStock references (link above). One tip about it: if your goal is to be able to draw any pose without references in the future, don’t just trace the picture, place it next to you and try to draw the lines you see. DON’T DRAW OVER THEM! You’d get a perfect copy this way, but it would not teach you anything.

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Step 2

When your sketch is done, change the resolution of your picture to 300 dpi (go to Image > Image Size or just click Ctrl + Alt + I). The bigger the picture, the more detailed your work can be, so use the biggest one your computer can handle. Final picture should be less than 25% of the original size.

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Step 3

Now you need to prepare a base for the character’s body. Choose hard brush (you can use one of Dan Lu Visi – link above) with 100% Opacity and Flow, and draw the border of the silhouette on a new layer. You can use #c6b19c color, it’s a base color of skin.

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Use Magic Wand (W) to select everything around the silhouette, then click Ctrl+ Shift + I to inverse the selection. If you filled the selection now, you’d probably fully fill the soft edges you can’t even see (because you used a brush, not a pencil), but they need to be there for anti-aliasing effect. So, go to Select > Modify > Contract and choose 2-5 pixels. This way you’ll recede from the soft edge and will be able to fill the inside without any problems (use Paint Bucket Tool (G) or go to Edit > Fill).

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Now use Zoom Tool (Z) to check if you did any mistakes in the silhouette. Smudge Tool (S) is good for this, but use it very carefully – don’t make your edges blurry.

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Step 4

Now it’s time for a background. When you design a character, you don’t want the background to be too disturbing, still, without it the character looks fake (as if it don’t live in any world). To get a nice effect you can use a dark-light trick – one part of the background is dark, and the light source is quite strong and visible. So, our warioress is standing on the ground – paint it with hard brush with low Flow – and there’s a sky behind her – paint it with soft brush/cloud brush. Use glum, unsaturated colors, as it’s just a background for the real background.

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Define the background with more saturated colors. In my scene it’s night (so the sky is dark-blue) and there’s a fire somewhere near (maybe the warioress has something to do with it?). Blue-orange is the most classic combination and it works everywhere, trust me. Even in the day scene it’s good to use both colors to light (orange as sun’s light, and blue as sky’s reflection).

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Now I’ll show you a trick for strong lights – pick a light color and choose Linear Light mode for your brush. Before touching anything, make sure your background is on one layer. Then paint the light on it, using this mode frugally, since too much light could kill the scene (unless it’s your style, then go on).

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Step 5

Select the layer with the sketch (make sure it’s right over the body base) and choose “Make Clipping Mask” from the Layer menu (or click Ctrl + Shift+ G). This way all the parts of the sketch that are over the body base will be clipped. There may be a lot of layers within the clipping mask. Create a new one under the sketch, it’s going to be used for shading. Lower the opacity of the sketch to make it a non-disturbing template.

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Take a hard brush with low Flow (15-20%) and paint the shadows. Don’t dive into details, this phase is supposed to help you get rid of the sketch. Remember about light source!

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Step 6

Before we dive into details of the body, it’s good to complete the outfit – it’s going to cover a lot of skin, so painting these parts of skin would be a waste of time. Sketch the outfit with strong lines on a new layer outside of the clipping mask.

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Now do the same as with the body – paint a base for the outfit, clip the sketch and lower its opacity.

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Step 7

Hair can be considered as a part of the outfit too. Paint the strands with hard brush (60-70% Opacity), then fill empty spaces on a lower layer to fully cover the head. Cross the strands all the time, even the straightest hair tangle. It’s good to draw the strands as X’s, not lines.

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Step 8

Let’s come back to the outfit. Part of it will be made of red leather, the other part – of metal.

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Red should be shaded with dark green (according to color theory), so use it to shade all the leather parts. I used the same shade to change the color of boots and pelts too, too much red would look… weird. When it comes to the metal, shade it with everything that surrounds it – sky, light, red leather…

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Some people have problems with making lineless artwork sharp. A good trick helping it is not to use a light on a whole lighted surface. Leave some base color at the border – very thin one – and you’ll see how good it looks from distance.

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Use the colors of the sky to put lights on every surface. Try to add some depth to it, and follow the trick from the step above all the time.

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Step 9 – leather brush

Create a new file and draw some scratches there. Avoid putting any details, it should be consistent and almost round in shape. Use only black. When you’re done, choose Edit > Define Brush Preset. Now you’ve got a new brush!

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Now you need to adjust the preferences to your needs. These are my options – you don’t need to follow them, feel free to experiment.

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Now create a new layer within the outfit’s clipping mask and use your new brush to paint leather texture. Don’t leave it as it is, shade it too, cover a little with other tones – make it natural.

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Step 10

Shade all the outfit carefully, draw the borders – finish all the leather elements so that you can leave it for now.

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Step 11

Color the pauldron roughly – simulate some scratches, then put some colors and cover them with soft painted grey.

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When metal’s surface is polished, it reflects everything around it. So, look around and paint it on the pauldron. Use hard brush, paint quickly, and use Screen Mode when you need to stress any light.

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The heels are in the shadow, so they won’t reflect so much light. Paint them with dark colors and don’t forget to blend them into the ground.

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Use the method you’ve just learnt to every metal surface in the outfit. You can also add some details, like buckles.

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Step 12

To create a chain-skirt we’ll need another brush. It will save you a lot of time – who’d like to draw a link by link?

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Use this brush to paint the skirt. If you’ve got any problems with it, try to change some brush options – you may find a better way than mine.

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Some part of the skirt is exposed to light – and since it’s metal, it should strongly reflect it. You can also change the skirt’s edge by making a holes in it with Eraser Tool (E).

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Step 13

It’s time to complete the hair now. First shade it in normal way, according to color theory (green on red).

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Now use environmental lights to cover the hair, just like you did with the outfit.

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Step 14

We completely forgot abut the sword! Sketch it using Line Tool to stress its direction, then sketch the hands that we skipped. If you have problems with them (who doesn’t?), there’s one tip for you: take a picture of your own hand in the position you need, then use it as reference. Works every time!

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Shade the hands without details, just to get rid off the sketch.

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Prepare a base for the sword – when it comes to the blade, it’s good to use Pen Tool (P) to keep the shape. If you prefer to use Brush, do it with 100% Opacity and Flow.

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Create new layer over the sword’s base and convert it to Clipping Mask, then put basic colors on it. No details yet!

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Ok, now you’re allowed to put details. First make sure what the elements are made of, and use a proper technique for them. Should they be mat or shiny? Do they reflect every color around them?

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Use advice from Step 11 to simulate metal surface of the blade. It should be easy for you now. Tip: when you want some little part to shine stronger, first draw the light with Hard Brush, then stress it with Soft Brush in Screen Mode.

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Step 15

Now it’s time to come back to the skin (of course, we could’ve start from it, but then you wouldn’t want to cover it with the outfit…). Use dark green to paint the shades (hard brush, low Flow). She’s going to look a bit dirty, but let it be for now.

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Take a soft brush and paint the skin with it, just to blend the darker parts with base color. It’s a great trick, gives almost glossy effect.

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Step 16

We’re going to repeat Step 15 with the opposite shade now. Use very light green with Linear Mode of the brush and paint the lights carefully (hard brush, low Flow).

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And again, use soft brush to blend the color of the skin.

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When adding life to the skin you can realize some of the things you’ve finished before don’t look finished anymore. For example, metal parts should be much more shiny than the skin. Add some light to them with Screen or Linear Light Mode.

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Step 17

For now we’ve just use universal lights – it means they don’t depend on the colors of environment. They can’t stay like this, so use warm, red/orange color to put some light on the character again. Vivid Light Mode will be perfect for this.

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Step 18

Time to add some details on the face. When it comes to the eye, it’s a good habit to always put blue light on it, using hard brush in Linear Light Mode. Whatever the colors around, I always use blue. Don’t ask me why, it just works

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Step 19

There are a lot of “skin brush” packs on the Internet, but if you want to make your own and not to care about any credits, you should be able to do it now. It may look like this below, but I’m sure you can do better. When it comes to the options, the ones from leather brush should work here too.

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Use your brush to cover all the skin (light green, Linear Light, very small brush). You may not see the difference, but it’s a detail that looks great when printed.

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Step 20

The last thing here will be adding texture to… everything. There’s certainly some dust in the air, so it can’t be smooth. I’ll show you the trick that’s used by the greatest artists: create a new layer on the top and fill it with some dark color. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

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The options can change something, but it’s all up to your style. Experiment!

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Change the layer blending mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity. The grain shouldn’t be visible, but it can’t be invisible either. You need to feel this moment.

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Final Results

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Download the PSD

Tutorial by Monika Zagrobelna

profileI hope I was able to teach you something and didn’t bore you to death. If you want to see any more tutorials from me, don’t hesitate to contact me through my dA page or by e-mail, monika.zagrobelna@gmail.com.

– Monika Zagrobelna

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Create a Pixel-Perfect Notebook Icon in Photoshop

Learn how to create a beautiful notebook icon with Photoshop! This beginner drawing tutorial will show you how to create shapes, add texture, and use layer styles to create a quick and easy notebook icon.


Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

· Wooden Background – sxc.hu


Step 1

Open up Photoshop and create new document


Step 2

Open the Wooden background , press Ctrl+ T to scale it fit to our background.Now Image > Adjustment> Curve, like this image



Step 3

And this is result


Step 4

Create a Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with fixed size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 742b00


Step 5

Now press Filter > Noise > Add noise


Step 6

Then right click for Blending Option > Drop Shadow


Step 7

And we got result like this, we name it ” cover 1″


Step 8

Next, we create second Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with same size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 5c3016. Then press Ctrl + T to scale it a little bit smaller than first rectangle which name “cover 1”. And we name the second rounded rectangle as “cover 2”


Step 9

Duplicate the “cover 2” ,click on Layer thumbnail and change the color with # 742b00. We name this layer as “cover 3” . Go to Filter > Noise > Add noise


Step 10

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Motion blur.


Step 11

Change the layer which name “cover 3” to Multiply and we got a result like this


Step 12

Next, we create the fourth rounded rectangle with fixed size 660px x 520px, fill the color #571803,add the layer style like this image. We name it as ” cover 4″


Step 13

And this is the result


Step 14

Now, we create the fifth rounded rectangle with fixed size 610px x 490px , fill it with color #ffffff .


Step 15

Add Layer style for Drop Shadow


Step 16

Then add layer style for Inner Shadow


Step 17

And add layer style for Gradient


Step 18

Here is the result


Step 19

Create next rounded rectangle with size 610px x 490px,fill color #ffffff and we scale it a little bit smaller like this image . We name this layer as “Paper”


Step 20

Add layer style for Drop Shadow


Step 21

And add layer style for Inner Shadow.


Step 22

We got a result like this


Step 23

Next, we create new layer and name it as “Middle line”, we set up the hard brush(shortcut B) with size 2px and set foreground color #742b00, then pick the Pen tool (shortcut P) and create a vertical line in middle of “Paper” layer. Right click to stroke path and choose tool as brush


Step 24

And this is what we got


Step 25

Create a new layer and name it as “Horizon lines” , put it under ” Middle line” layer. We set the foreground color #017d93 and set hard brush with size 2px. We draw some horizon lines with same ways as we draw middle line(Step 23). Then we set the ” Horrizon lines” layer as Multiply and lower the opacity 50%. And we got the result like this


Step 26

Next, we create a new layer and name it ” Vertical lines”, set the foreground color # ff0000 and hard brush with size 2px.We draw 2 vertical line (use same ways in step 23), then we set the “Vertical lines” layer as Linear Burn and lower opacity 50%


Step 27

Next, we pick the Ellipse tool to draw some circles with color # 000000 and put it like this


Step 28

Now, we pick the Rounded rectangle with Radius = 40px to create a rounded rectangle like this


Step 29

Now, we add these layer style for it


Step 30


Step 31


Step 32

Here is the result


Step 33

Now we duplicate it,right click to clear the layer style,change the color #000000, put it under the metal circle, then go to FIlter > Blur Gaussian Blur


Step 34

And we got the result like this


Step 35

Now we duplicate the metal circle and the shadow and put in like this


Step 36

Next, we create a small rectangle with Radius =40,we name it as ” Red bookmark”, put it over “cover 4” layer and add these layer style for it


Step 37


Step 38

And we got an image like this


Step 39

We duplicate the “Red Bookmark” layer and rename it as ” Blue Bookmark”, in the layer style,we keep the Drop Shadow as it is and and change the Gradient like this


Step 40

Here is the result


Step 41

And we duplicate “Red Bookmark” again, rename it as ” Green Bookmark”,like the step 39, we just change the Gradient for it


Step 42

Here what we got


Step 43

We’ve almost done. Now, we create a Group name “notebook icon” , put all the layers we made into this group (except the Wooden background)


Step 44

Now, we press Ctrl+ T and rotate a little bit to left side. And the final result will look like this


Final Results


Tutorial by Kim Chen

Thank you for following this tutorial. Hope you enjoyed it!

– Kim Chen

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How to Use Luminosity Masking in Photoshop

Learn how to use luminosity masking in Photoshop. Luminosity masking lets you make a layer visible according to the brightness value of your photo. For example, you can brighten your photo and then apply luminosity masking so that it doesn’t overexpose the areas that are already bright to begin with. You can also apply color grading effects to different tonal areas. You can do HDR tone mapping with it… and a lot more.

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