Create a Painting from a Portrait Photograph

Create a Painting from a Portrait Photograph

Step 22

Now brush* color #F0CCA1 over the entire layer. Layer the color up where there are the highlights of the face, such as on above the eyebrows, under the eyes, and above the mouth area. I have also taken the liberty of taking a transparent red (color #EA9382) and dusting** it lightly across the right cheek, mid forehead and chin. I used a lighter color pink on the left cheek (color #E7B4B1). This second cheek color is the base skin color we started out with, by using it again; it will help create unity within the work. I have also begun some basic definition on the nostrils. This can be done using short strokes and a 10 pixel brush at 45% opacity (hard edged brush) and color #753D1D.
*72 pixels, 53% opacity, soft edged brush **350 pixels, 25% opacity, soft edged brush (this will take some layering on the cheeks and chin, try to leave the forehead to one layer)

Step 23

Now define* the darkest darks with color #753D1D.
*27 pixels, 11% opacity (layering!!), hard edged brush

Step 24

Finish sculpting the nose and face. For the nose, take an 85 pixel brush at 8% opacity, and layer on the darks (color #B27556). The darkest area will be around the left eye. Don’t forget the area underneath the nostrils, or the dark in the nostrils themselves. But something to note is that the darkness in the nostrils is NOT the darkest dark of the nose. This will avoid the gaping hole look that many portraits get when the nostrils are shaded to darkly. Now time for the face. What this will comprise of is lighting up the area above the right eyebrow, above the mouth area, and below the eyes with the dodge tool*. Next take color #B5836B and a 180 pixel brush (6% opacity, soft edge) and darken the temple area above the right eye.
*375 pixels, midtones mode, 6% exposure (you only have to sweep the brush back and forth for about 2-5 seconds to lighten the areas enough).

Step 25

Merge down the eyes layer onto the nose layer. This will allow the eyes to be seamlessly blended into the face. To do this, take the eyedropper tool and sample the area directly below the eyes. Then use a 45 pixel brush (20% opacity, soft edge) and blend the skin into the under eye area. The most important thing to remember here is not to get the color into the eye. If you do, they eyes will look hazy. Next take the eraser tool* and carefully erase the haze of dust that surrounds the face. This will make the image crisper, and will allow you to see the final image coming into play better.
*This will work best if you are using a hard edged round brush and using a steady hand with multiple short strokes around the face. If you do multiple strokes rather than long ones, it will be easier to step back if you make a mistake.

Step 26

This step is the final definition of the face. To do so, take the dodge tool* and run it in the highlight areas of the face three times (about 1.5 seconds in each area) as well as on the jaw line. Finally to add depth to the face, take color #BC8D72 and brush** it onto the left outer side of the face, using the picture as a reference. Then use color #BC8D72 to blend*** it into the face.

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