How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop

How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop
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This is the layer set to Normal
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By mistake I deleted layer with this Horse version, so my horse looks like this.
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Layers structure at this stage.
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Info: Cienie / Podświetlenie mean Shadow/Highlights (Sorry about that, I use the Polish version of Photoshop)

Step 4

In this step I will add more roots. It is really hard to repeat all painting steps, so I will show how I do this in the following example. Open IMG_5598 Folder: Resources/IMG_5598
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Add layer mask. Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.
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Use soft brush, opacity 50% and paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask.
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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask.
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Use the same brush, but this time paint with white #ffffff on the layer mask.
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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with white # ffffff on the layer mask.
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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask.
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Use this brush, opacity 100%, and paint with white # ffffff on the layer mask.
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Now when you know how to create this, I will start add roots to the image. IMG_5598_ver.01
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IMG_5598_ver.02
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IMG_5598_ver.03
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IMG_5598_ver.04
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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Settings:
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IMG_5603
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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Settings:
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IMG_5596.psd
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Right click on the layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Settings:
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Layer structure.
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Between roots layers add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff, it will give us some lights. Brush opacity 30-50%
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Screen with selection of the light layer.
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Add another light layer between roots layers. (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff. Brush opacity 30-50%
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Screen with selection of the light layer.
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Above Horse folder add another light layer. (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Use soft brush and paint with white # ffffff. Brush opacity 30-50%
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Change layer opacity to 20% Screen with selection of the light layer.
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Layers structure at this stage.
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The whole image at this stage.
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Step 5

In this step I will paint Horse hairs. For this I will use Smudge tool.
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Use this brush. Brush size 70px.
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Brush settings.
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Before you start painting turn off roots layers, we need only horse visible. One more thing, we need to apply image, to do this add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N) then go to Image/Apply image. Don’t change anything, just click OK. Now we are ready to paint.
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Paint in the arrows direction.
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Quick steps.
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Use Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) make the selection, then press Ctrl+J and cut out the head.
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Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.
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Select the Brush tool (B) then paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask. Mask view.
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When you finish, change layer blending mode to Darken
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Step 6

Add dirty background.

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21 comments on “How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop”

  1. so, for those who don't get the line-
    “Apply a Roots photo layer to the Horse layer
    To do this, press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and point your cursor above the red line. You will see an icon – click on it.”
    I'm using CS6 and for rest of you guys are not using this version no problem the method I've used compatible with all versions.
    1)take lasso tool(i took polygonal lasso)
    2)selection around the horse pic because we want enter the root image into the horse image.
    3)take the root image file>open
    4)CTRL/CMD +A to select the whole root image then CTRL/CMD+C to copy
    5)edit option>paste special>paste into
    6)the root image will be entered into the horse image as based on your selection

  2. I don't get this step:

    "Apply a Roots photo layer to the Horse layer
    To do this, press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and point your cursor above the red line. You will see an icon – click on it."

    I don't see an icon show up and I am using CS6, as shown in the tutorial. If the short cut method does not work, what is the manual process .

  3. I agree! haven't seen these type for a while! But I am happy to see different artists sharing their techniques and knowledge, its becoming more and more open! I appreciate every bit of it! thanks to pstutorials for grabbing this one! cheers to Markiw!

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