Step 34

Like before, paint the third shadow on these particular areas with darker color (use #c27545) on a new clipping masked layer with “multiply” blending mode. Set thicker opacity and you may adjust the size of the brush to suit your need. On this step you can add facial wrinkle to impress fierce expression.


Step 35

You also need to add the darkest shadow (you can use black) near the headband and eye’s cover because those areas are darker than others. And after that, add the highlights on a new clipping masked layer with “screen” blending mode. Paint softly using #ebbda1 on these areas which shown by yellow arrows at the right picture below.


Step 36

To add depth to the mouth, create a new clipping masked layer in front of mouth’s layer. Paint soft black shadow with soft round Brush Tool (B), low opacity and 0% hardness.


Step 37

Add details for the headband like previous steps. Use “Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N” to create a new layer above the headband’s layer. Then create clipping mask and choose multiply blending mode. Give name for this new layer “Shadow 1” and prepare your Brush Tool (B). Use soft round type, low opacity and 0% hardness. You can increase or decrease the size of brush according your needs. Start to paint on right and left parts because there are no much lights reach those parts. And paint on the other part if you want to make a curve so that it will seen as if it’s a bent object. Paint with #a42335. Then use a darker color (#940c1f) to paint on a new clipping masked layer. Next, use #770213. And use soft black for the darkest areas.


Step 38

Then give the highlight area using #a42335 on a clipping masked layer with “screen” blending mode.


Step 39

For these parts you can only add shadows.


Step 40

Next, paint soft white for the highlight of the eye’s cover. Of course on a new clipping masked layer.


Step 41

Create new layer above beard, mustache and hair. Activate Brush Tool (B) and choose “Dune Grass” brush. Open brush’s window (F5) and enter following setting.


Set foreground color to black and background color to #2a2b2b. Use 100% opacity and paint like this. You can adjust the brush size and its flip as you need.

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30 responses to “How to Draw a Cute Pirate Character in Photoshop”

  1. Ps freak Avatar
    Ps freak

    Great tutorial thanks for sharing .pls we need more of this,and little more details on reasons for choice of colours

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  3. moo Avatar

    you’re not alone bud

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    i hate this

  5. jim jim jr (jjr) Avatar
    jim jim jr (jjr)

    Great tutorial it was fun and entertaining so much that i couldnt do it

  6. dn Avatar

    awful. I hate this so much.

  7. b Avatar

    terrible tutorial.

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  9. Olanrewaju Majente Avatar
    Olanrewaju Majente

    pls is ps use for publishing comics

  10. Advices for all Avatar
    Advices for all

    quite interesting :)

  11. Trevor Garratt Avatar
    Trevor Garratt

    It is hard for me to comprehend the detail that is needed for this to go through photoshop.

  12. seputar android Avatar
    seputar android

    Thanks for sharing

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    nice demo

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    allie rose


  15. Josiah Avatar

    Some pen instructions could be clearer on how to do them

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      yes i can’t do the anchor selection on headband

  16. Sandeep moun Avatar
    Sandeep moun

    TOOOOO GOOOD . This site made me to learn photoshop,i love these tutorials

  17. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    I like the idea of this tutorial, it’s very creative and the result looks great.

  18. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    This is a really inspiring collection for all, I like it, thanks for shearing!

  19. Maria Avatar

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial! I learnt a lot from this! Keep posting more! <3

  20. Doug Avatar

    hello guys! i’m new on photoshop and i having trouble at textures in step 19, can anyone tell more details about this step? thanx! :)

    1. Faqeeh Avatar

      Go to layer palette, put your cursor on the black “front part” of the hat, click to activate it. Then Create a new layer using “Ctrl+Shift+N”. Fill it with black, and then create clipping mask using “Ctrl + Alt + G”. Click menu “Filter > Sketch > Chalk & Charcoal” and set like the example.

  21. Simone Avatar

    Thanks, I learned a lot from this

  22. LOLOzwloki Avatar

    Hey, thanks for the pirate. I have learned some new blending techniques and fogging

  23. shaun Avatar

    I have to do this in class and I find it extreamly difficult so i decided to copy and paste it.

  24. Abdullah Al Hamdan Bappy Avatar
    Abdullah Al Hamdan Bappy

    I will try.

  25. Maria Kjartansdottir Avatar
    Maria Kjartansdottir

    Great tutorial, can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for putting so much work and effort into making it clear.
    Happy Photoshoping,

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  28. Shawn Rubel Avatar
    Shawn Rubel

    It wasn’t as hard as it initially felt like it would be. Thank you for the another amazing tutorial, might pass this on to some of my game dev friends :)

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