Colour your work with blend modes

Photoshop Creative - - BRUSH TOOL -

Cre­ate in mono­chrome

01 Some artists find it eas­ier to draw a char­ac­ter first in black and white be­fore in­ject­ing the colour into it. Use ref­er­ence pho­tos to build up the light and shade in your sub­ject and use cus­tom brushes to get a real paint ef­fect.

Bring in more colour

03 Us­ing the Color blend mode will help you to colour your pic­ture even more, and if you in­ter­sperse Nor­mal lay­ers in be­tween with brush­strokes here and there, you can start to build up a tex­tured por­trait.

Over­lay lay­ers

02 Cre­ate a new layer and set to Over­lay. Use dif­fer­ent colours on this layer to give your pic­ture some sat­u­ra­tion across the mono­chrome base you’ve built. Use a strict colour pal­ette to keep your im­age co­he­sive.

Build up the im­age

04 Keep lay­er­ing more and more brushes to cre­ate a big­ger, brighter im­age with a range of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and strokes all merged into the por­trait. Use ad­just­ments such as Curves to get all the colours to har­monise.

Artist: Mark White

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