Step-by-step: Paint­ing mag­i­cal runes

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First I paint the book pages with­out any runes. I use the Flat fan high bris­tle count de­fault Pho­to­shop brush in var­i­ous shades of brown to give the pages a weath­ered and aged look. I pay special at­ten­tion to the edges of the pages, mak­ing them crin­kled and torn.


On a new layer, I use a de­fault hard Round brush to draw some runes in a solid, light yel­low colour. These sym­bols are my own de­sign. For this tech­nique (and just in gen­eral) it’s help­ful to keep your lay­ers well- or­gan­ised, so I name this layer “rune layer”.


I du­pli­cate the rune layer and name it “glow layer”. Us­ing the Hue/Sat­u­ra­tion win­dow, I change the glow layer to a medium gold colour. Then I use the Gaus­sian Blur fil­ter to soften and cre­ate the glow­ing ef­fect, ad­just­ing the Blur and Layer Opac­ity to en­hance the look.

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