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A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Painting Using Adobe Photoshop
By Hannah Sofea, 17 Apr 2017
Image via Shutterstock
If you’re a newcomer to digital painting in Photoshop, this guide from Creative Bloq will introduce you to the basic tools required. The 10 tips were originally listed in an issue of Imagine FX.
Preview five below and check out the remaining tools here.
1. Tools Window
Choosing the tool icon alters your cursor mode. This includes ‘Brush’, ‘Eraser’, ‘Shapes’, ‘Selections’ and many others. Right click on either of the icons to reveal extra options. If you wish to create a free-floating effect, click at the double triangles on the top of the two rows and you will be able to drag the bar off the frame.
2. Blending Modes
Have a go at creating a new layer above an image, paint over it and select from the wide range of options that could help with transforming your shot into something totally different.
Each selection will blend both layers together in contrast. For example, the ‘Darken’ option only allows the pixels in the top layer that are darker than those in the bottom layers to remain visible.
3. Add Textures
Be sure to venture into tabs such as ‘Overlay’, ‘Hard Light’ and ‘Soft Light’, which will reflect entirely on the lightest and darkest pixels in the blending layer, leaving most of the middle subjects translucent.
You could even drag an image with a harder texture into the file and place it over the layer you wish to add feel to. Don’t forget to switch the ‘Blending Mode’ to ‘Overlay’, and erase the coating you wish to rid.
4. Layer Masks
‘Layer Masks’ restraint how much translucency is allowed onto a picture, and is known for its subtler purpose of altering the ‘Opacity’ of the entire layer.
To create a mask on the chosen layer, simply click on the white rectangle with a circle in the ‘Layers’ tab to get started. A sectional layer of translucency can be achieved, too, by painting with the help of dark pixels, whilst painting in white will result in a more opaque look.
5. Selection Tools
The world is in the tab for ‘Tools’, so to speak. To reveal every option Photoshop has to offer, simply have a click on the ‘Rectangular’ and ‘Elliptical Marquee’ tools on the top left. Once you have chosen a tool, drag the cursor over an area and it will create a dotted selection of the option.
Once selected, you are only allowed to paint or erase in the specified place. If you want to select other areas, the ‘Lasso’ tool will do the trick; giving you total control over borders by creating connecting points. Whilst it does that, the ‘Magnetic Lasso’ will fasten itself to a closely-shaped edge as you haul it all over your canvas.
To have a read through the other five points, click here.
[via Creative Bloq, image via Shutterstock]
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