Re­fin­ing the head­dress

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I take a rake brush with a rust tex­ture inside it and paint lights and shad­ows so that the head­dress matches the rest of the paint­ing. You can make your own tex­tures to put inside your brushes by open­ing a tex­ture photo and then se­lect­ing Edit> De­fine Pat­tern. It now ap­pears inside your tex­ture tab in the brush pre­set win­dow. Re­duce Flow to bet­ter in­te­grate the tex­ture.

Cus­tom brushes can be used for paint­ing, but also for smudg­ing, eras­ing , dodg­ing, burn­ing and so on! For ex­am­ple, you could paint a dec­o­ra­tion on the clothes with a pat­tern brush and then erase inside your pat­tern us­ing another pat­tern brush to achieve more cool ef­fects and pat­terns. Dodg­ing with a dirt brush can also be a great way to ob­tain re­al­is­tic metal­lic sur­faces.

De­pict­ing folded cloth

For my character’s ki­mono out­fit I cre­ate a sim­ple rake brush. Then I set An­gle Jit­ter to Pen Pres­sure and add a dirt tex­ture in Color Dodge mode. I give it a dual-brush setup with a sim­ple Hard round brush, se­lect Other Dy­nam­ics and choose Pen Pres­sure. Now my rake brush spins around it­self in an ir­reg­u­lar way – per­fect for paint­ing re­al­is­tic folded cloth!

I drop all my lay­ers and du­pli­cate my back­ground. Then I add a noise ef­fect to the layer above (Noise set to 400 per cent). I re­peat my noise ef­fect a cou­ple of times and then set the layer to Over­lay with be­tween 2 and 5 per cent Opac­ity. I also use Gaus­sian Blur and Fil­ter> Other>High Pass to ad­just fo­cus through­out my im­age. Then I drop all my lay­ers again and then go to Chan­nels. I move the red, green and blue chan­nel each one by one pixel. This cre­ates a pseudo 3D ef­fect. Fi­nally I play around with Color Bal­ance to do my fi­nal colour tweaks.

March 2015

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