How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop

How to Create a Breathtakingly Artistic Winter Horse Illustration in Photoshop
Above Gradient Map layer add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Layer opacity 10%. Layer name splash. Now use custom brushes and make the background dirty J This layer set to opacity 100%.
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Next, we’re going to add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels). Here are the settings:
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Next, we’re going to add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness / Contrast). Here are the settings:
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Step 7

In this step we will create the lines. For this I will use Root picture. Folder Resources/Root.psd Now use Liquify (Filter/Liquify). Brush settings.
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Steps.
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Now we are ready add some lines to the image. Steps
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Layers structure at this stage.
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Step 8

Time to add some colour, as first I will use Color Lookup (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup). Settings:
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Use huge soft brush and paint with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 50-70%
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Above Color Lookup layer add Gradient Map layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map. Layer set to Color Burn, Opacity 10% Use this gradient.
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Above Gradient Map create Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels) Settings:
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Use huge soft brush and paint center of the image with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 30-50%
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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Color, opacity 50% Use huge brush and paint with color #7c59e0.
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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Linear Dodge. Use huge soft brush and paint over Horse leg, color #faf4da.
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Now I want to make borders darker. Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Subtract. Use huge soft brush and paint border with color #eae2d4. Brush opacity 10-20%
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Above add Solid Color layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color) Layer blending mode set to Darken, layer opacity 70%, color #f6ff68
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Use huge soft brush and paint bottom of the image with black # 000000 on the layer mask. Brush opacity 30-100%
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Above add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Blending mode Color. Use huge soft brush and paint top of the image with color #291988. Brush opacity 50%. If you paint to much use Eraser Tool (E).
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I decided that the bottom of the image should be white, for this I will use white # ffffff Gradient layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient) Settings:
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Use huge soft brush and paint bottom of the image with black # 000000. Paint of course on the Gradient layer mask. Brush opacity 30-50%
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Layers structure.
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Step 9

In this step I will make drops, then I will add them to the image. Use Pen Tool (P) and make shape like this. Shape color # ece8d7
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Now I will add some effects. Open Layer Style window by double click on the shape layer. Settings:
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Should look like this.
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Add drops to the image.
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Make a copy folders with LINES and DROPS (right click on the folder then chose Duplicate group) and merge them (select folder then press Ctrl + E) Now merge LINES and DROPS and load selection (select layer then press Ctrl and click on the layer)
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Select Gradient fill layer and paint on the layer mask with black # 000000

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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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