Painting “Girl With the Rainbow” in Photoshop

Painting “Girl With the Rainbow” in Photoshop

Painting “Girl With the Rainbow” in Photoshop

Learn how to create a detailed 2D painting in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. This tutorial will show you some techniques and methods that the author uses for coloring.


Preview of Final Results

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Painting "Girl With the Rainbow" Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1

First I opened a new Photoshop file.

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And after that I created a new layer with the name "sketch" And I draw a quick sketch on this layer. You can draw a sketch like this by using either the traditional paper and pencil method or drawing on the computer. Ä°f you do a pencil sketch, you will, of need to scan the image into your computer.

Here is my sketch. I decide to paint a cartoon girl with some gift box and a rainbow. So my illustrations' name will be "Girl with the Rainbow". Here is the simple sketch work I did with Photoshop for the initial sketch work. On this stage the sketch is still visible as a multiply layer over the painting layer.

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Step 2

This is a very important stage in creating your artwork is to decide which colors are best for your painting. Here are my colors selection. I want to do something really colorful and cold colors for the cartoon girl painting . I decided for background a dark blue color . Other colors are for the character face and his clothing. Open an another file and save your colors. And always keep open that new file when you are painting.

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Step 3

Chose a simple standard brush. Here as you see I marked with red the brushes which I want to use. I'll use first one for the basic coloring and I'll use the other soft rounded brush for the smoothing areas on my illustration.

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After that from brush panel choose "Other Dynamics" with the numbers as shown on the picture.

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And now we are going to begin adding colors and some details. Please select the Gradient Tool and do as you see an the picture.

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So we have opened a new layer with the name "character color" And now here as you see I have 5 layers. You do the same on your project. Why so much layer for such simple artwork ? Because if I am not satisfied with the color and want to change I can make some changes via help of those layers. This step is very important. Working carefully like this gives you tremendous control.

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