How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop

How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop

How to Draw a Koi Fish in Photoshop
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Step 40

Repeat these same steps you used to make the 'Back fin' onto all the other fins.

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Step 41 Scales

Now we will create the scales for the body of the fish. Make a new layer and fill it with any color then add this pattern overlay. Once you have applied this pattern overlay 'convert it to s smart object' then rasterize.

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Step 42

In this step we will change around the colors. First color is #cd200a, #ffd03f, #FFFFFF

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Step 43

Warp this scale layer to one side of the fish. Erase any parts that go outside of the body.

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Step 44

On the second scale layer do this exact same thing for the other side. Erase any parts that go outside of the body.

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Step 45

Merge both of the scale layers.

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Step 46

Add shadow to the body by grabbing a soft round brush #a16e28 and paint along the body

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Step 47

Change this layer to Multiply

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Step 48

Create a New layer and with a soft brush #734e18 paint along the bottom of the fin like the image below.

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Step 49

Change this layer to Color Burn with an Opacity of 73%

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Step 50

Create a New Layer and grab your soft round paint brush #edc480 again and paint along the back of the fish

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Step 51

Change this layer to Color Dodge with an Opacity of 69%

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Step 52

Create a New layer and place dots onto the red scales by using a soft round brush (14px #734e18)

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Step 53

Change this layer to Color Burn then Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur

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Do this same thing for the yellow scales(7px soft round brush #edc480)

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Step 55

Change this layer to Soft Light

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Step 56

This is how it should look so far.

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Step 57

Change the color of the Head to the settings below then convert it to a smart object then rasterize it.

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Step 58

Next use a variety of brush sizes to achieve this effect for the head of the fish. Note: You may have to use multiple layers with different Opacity Levels

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Step 59 Eye

Now we will make the eye. Create a New Layer and grab your Elliptical tool and make a oval like the one in the image below, fill it with any color.

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Step 60 Layer Settings

Add these setting to your outer eye

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Step 61

Create a New Layer and make another shape like the one below and fill it with #950903

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Step 62

Add this layer style to that layer

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Step 63

Grab a soft brush and paint along the top of the eye(#b81512) on a new layer

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Step 64

Change this layer to an Opacity of 65%

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