Step-by-step: Make your dig­i­tal art look tra­di­tional

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1 Af­ter sketch­ing out your sub­ject, block in some large ar­eas of colour. I like to start with a high chroma shadow and re­serve the white of the can­vas for my light­est val­ues. It’s not nec­es­sary, but I usu­ally pre­fer to work with Pho­to­shop’s Nat­u­ral Me­dia Brushes, be­cause I can achieve a nice brush­stroke aes­thetic. 2 Add a wa­ter­colour photo tex­ture (set to the Color Burn layer style) to cap­ture that grainy wa­ter­colour look. Ap­ply a thin In­ner Glow on Mul­ti­ply to de­pict the dark edge- ef­fect of wa­ter­colours. Then lock the layer’s trans­parency and blend in some lighter value of the same hue into the mid­dle of the colour space. 3 Tighten up the de­tails and add more lay­ers of colours to en­hance the wa­ter­colour glaze ef­fect. I’ve set my top layer of de­tail to Mul­ti­ply to achieve this. For ex­tra re­al­ism, use gra­di­ents of colour and slight hue changes in your colours to sim­u­late the slightly in­ac­cu­rate blend­ing of pig­ments on a pal­ette.

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