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This the second part of a three-part Roman House tutorial. Roman House Painting Part I - The Drawing describes how to draw the scene and this part shows how to finish the background. Roman House Part III – Finishing how to add a woman to the scene.
Preview of Final Results
Roman House Part II - The Drawing Photoshop Tutorial
- Program: Photoshop 7
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
This is the second part of a three part drawing series. Roman House Painting Part I - The Drawing shows now to create the initial outline sketch.
Create a new layer below the sketch titled “wall”.
Block in the wall and ceiling with color #FFD2A2 and an opaque hard-edged brush.
Make another layer above the “wall” layer.
Block in the roof with color #BE2D00.
Make another layer above that layer, it will be merged down later.
On this layer, add shadows to the right side of each of the columns with a soft edged brush set to 57% opacity (color #701B00).
Darken the shadows even more with a 41% opaque brush.
Using the same brush, highlight the tiles with color #E14616.
Fill in the arches under the tiles with color #701B00 with an opaque hard-edged brush.
With color #4B1200 fill in the line under the arches.
Merge the layer down onto the “roof” layer.
Using the same brush, add a slanting shadow beneath the roof on the wall layer (color #F2AA78).
Darken the shadow with color #C57338 (48%, soft-edged brush).
Add a shadow to the ceiling with the brush set to 20% opacity.
Erase the part of the wall that overlaps the back pillar.
Add a highlight to the left side of the wall (color #FFD6B8, 500 pixel brush, 20%) , and in-between the two pillars.
Create a new layer beneath the wall and title it “sky”.
Block in the sky area above the roof with color #CADEFF (opaque brush).
Use a soft-edged brush to lighten the sky with color #F1F6FF (41% opacity, 260 pixel brush).
Create a new layer above the sky and name it “trees”.
Block in the trees with color #5A9900 using an opaque hard-edged brush.
Bock in shadows around the leaves with color #386000 using a soft edged brush set to 55% opacity.
Highlight the leaves with color #96E426 with a 13% opaque brush.
Now, make a new layer beneath the “vine” layer.
Fill in the vine with color #386000.
Add shadows to the vine with color #294300, using a soft-edged opaque brush.
Using the same brush, add a highlight to the middle of the vine with color #6DBA00.
On “trees” layer, block in the ground area with color #B17235.
Add shadows to the ground (especially under the roof and under the bush) with color #632500 (30% opacity).
Make a new layer and name it “texture”.
Go to edit ? fill ? 50% fill
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set to 5% and the filter settings to gaussian and monochromatic.
Erase the gray that overlaps things other than the ground.
Change the blending mode to overlay.
Now make another layer above the “roof” layer.
Fill in the palm leaves with color #423B00, and the stem with color #7F6C04.
Using a 15% opacity hard edged brush with color #756C04. To create the effect of individual leaves, draw leaves branching out from the stems.
Add shadow between the little leaves by using the burn tool (shadows mode, 8% exposure).
Add vertical shines to the leaves by using the dodge tool (midtones mode, 56% exposure). There is a horizontal shine across the leaf that is to its side.
Block in the leaves to the bush with color #156D00 using an opaque, hard edged brush.
Add shadows to the leaves with color #092F00 (soft edged 60% opaque brush).
Highlight the leaves using the dodge tool set to 31% exposure.
Make a new layer beneath the “plants” layer.
Block in the pot with color #FFB400.
Use the burn tool on highlight mode and 23% exposure to add some basic shadows around the pot. The darkest areas will be on the left side, and underneath the main part of the pot.
Highlight the very top, middle, and bottom of the pot using the dodge tool on it's last settings (step 42).
Make a new layer above the pot. This will be merged down later.
Fill in the entire pot area with black (color #000000).
Add highlights to the black by using color #2B1000 (soft-edged brush, 50% opacity)
Highlight it even more by using the dodge tool set to highlight mode and 64% exposure.
Go to the eraser tool and turn off shape dynamics. Then, setting the brush size to 3 pixels, erase two curving lines across the midsection of the pot. This may take some time, and a lot of redoing, but it is worth it in the end, because of the golden effect it gives.
Change the brush size to 1 pixel and erase swirling patterns within the two lines.
Merge the layer down onto the “pot” layer.
Make two new layers, one above the “plants” layer, and another below the “pot” layer. Name them “column 1” and “column 2”. We will be working with both layers at the same time to get the columns done.
Fill in the columns with color #FFF8E4 (opaque, hard edged brush).
Turn shape dynamics on again for the eraser tool, and shift + drag down to erase some of the white from the columns. Try to focus on erasing only one side of each of the little “flutes” running through the column.
Create a new layer titled “floor” above the background.
Color the tile area with color #B12C00, using a hard-edged opaque brush.
Add shadows around the tiles with color #611700 with a soft-edged brush set to 41% opacity.
On a new layer above the last (this will be merged down), add a highlight to the center of each of the tiles with color #F0681D (use a 105 pixel brush set to 18% opacity).
Use the burn tool set to midtones mode and 46% exposure to add shadows to the floor. Make sure that the darkest shadows are cast by the columns and the potted plant.
And you're done with the background! The third part shows how to draw and color a roman woman. Continue to Roman House Part III – Finishing.