Create a Painting from a Portrait Photograph

Create a Painting from a Portrait Photograph
*102 pixels, 22% exposure, soft round brush **102 pixels, 40% exposure (layering until desired effect is achieved), soft round brush ***Same brush as dark color

Step 27

Make a new layer above all other layers and title it “hair”. Take color #430704 and indicate the hair over the shoulder. This can be done with a 45 pixel, opaque, hard edged brush in a few short strokes. We will come back to the hair later, but this added support will make finishing the picture easier.

Step 28

Now we begin to work on the lips. Make a new layer above the nose layer. (You may want to turn on the outline you drew earlier to help you get the right shape for the lips in this layer. After the outline is drawn, the outline may be turned off again.) Begin with the top lip*, outlining the outer edge and then filling it in. Then take the same size brush and outline the bottom lip with color # B15A5C. Then use the eyedropper tool to pick up the upper lip color and fill in the bottom lip with this color (#CA7072).
{articlead} *color # CA7072, 35 pixel brush, 100% opacity, hard edged brush, pen pressure must be turned on

Step 29

Use color # 762A2C to outline* the darkest parts of the bottom lip. This color will be mostly concentrated on the left side and between the lips.
*14 pixel brush, 38% opacity, hard edged brush

Step 30

Using the same brush as before, block in the shadow areas on the lips with color # B35E5F.

Step 31

Again using the same brush, take color # DA999A and indicate the highlights on the lips. You can then take the dodge tool (set to highlight mode) to brighten the highlights.

Step 32

Now for the finishing the lips use the burn tool* to darken the darkest parts of the lips. Again like when we were lining them, it will be mainly concentrated on the left side. If you wish to add lines to the lips, use the burn tool again, this time set to 11% exposure and switching between brush sizes 14 pixels and 5 pixels. This will allow for realistic and more detailed lips.
*32 pixels, 55% exposure, midtones mode, soft round brush

Step 33

The last thing we have to do with the lips is integrate them into the face. Without this, they will appear to be pasted one, and have no depth. It will also require another layer titled “mouth” above the “lips” layer. To begin, use color # DB8779 to define the little dip above the mouth*. The best way I have found to do this is in tens of layers. This will allow you to build up the area around the lips and create a soft edge. Using the same color and brush, work your way around the mouth concentrating the color on the left side of the mouth, and in a little hook shape at the right corner. To finish off the little “hook”, take the burn tool (62% exposure, midtones mode, 35 pixels soft brush) and darken it until it is the same darkness as the crease between the lips. And now, the lips are done!
*Use a 60 pixel soft brush (but use a soft hand, this will make the line very thin, but will give you more control) at 7% opacity

Step 34

So moving on to the hair, actually create a new layer above the hair layer and title it “hair highlights”. Just like the title says, we are going to begin by highlighting the hair.

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