How to Paint Clothes and Hair Using Blending Techniques

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Paint Clothes and Hair Using Blending Techniques

The aim of the tutorial is to explain how to use blending techniques to paint clothes and hair.


I have chosen my drawing 'First Snow' as I have received some requests from my friends about this. I would like to thank yana-stock for the snow brush.

End result:

Step 1

Before going any further I just want to stress the importance of ALT modifier in Photoshop, especially with the brush tool. The brush tool behaves like a color picker when ALT is pressed and when released its just a brush tool. Trust me when I say it makes your job a whole lot easier.

Step 2

Create a new document(CTRL+N) of size preferably 2000x2000 px. I usually like to work on high resolution pictures because it lets me add a lot of details if I want to. Start with a rough sketch. It doesn't matter how it looks because that is just a skeleton. So don't dwell on it trying to make it look perfect.

Step 3

Color Palette: It's always good to have in mind, a basic color scheme (like color of the jacket/hair/scarf) and mood of the picture that you wish to portray. Choosing the right colors makes a huge difference. If you are a beginner don't think much about the color palette just ensure that your drawing has a few darker, lighter and mid tone shades of a color. Don't be afraid to experiment and have fun. If you ask me to paint 'First Snow' again, I would choose some different shades of Red color.

Step 4

You can just pick up (ALT+Brush Tool) some colors from the background and use them on your subject or foreground. Here's a little chart of the colors I have used in this painting.

Step 5

Background: For this particular piece I wanted the girl's face/scarf to be the primary focus.


So I kept the background simple. Create a new group, call it 'Background'. Create a new layer 'B1' and fill it with color f7e7ce.

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