Preview of Final Results


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Paint a Surreal Scene Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1 – Sketch the tree

I have a lot of sketches. Here, I decided to use the tree that was a part of an older sketch. You may sketch a tree of your own and scan it into the computer or use the sketch below.

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Step 2 – Create a new image

Create a new image (Ctrl+N or File > New) with the settings shown below.

  • Width: 640px
  • Height: 948px
  • Resolution: 72

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Step 3 – Create layers

Name your sketch layer “sketch” or any other name you desire. Create another layer for the animal you wish to add to the drawing and name it “squirrel_sketch” or whichever animal you are drawing. Select the “squirrel_sketch” layer and sketch a squirrel.

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Step 4 – Choose a colour palette

For this painting, I chose an earthy palette. You may load these colours into the Swatches palette in Photoshop or choose your own colours.

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Step 5 – Choose a brush

Select the Brush Tool and then right click on the canvas.

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When the Brush Setting window appears, set your brush to the settings below.

  • Master Diameter: 19px
  • Hardness: 100%

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Now add more settings by opening the Brush Presets (F5 or Window > Brushes)

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This will open a new window with extra options on the left.

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From the left panel, check “Other Dynamics”

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Make sure both controls are set to “Pen Pressure.”

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Set Opacity Jitter to 6% and Flow Jitter to 5%.

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Test your brush to see how well you can control it.

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