How to Paint a Woman Portrait from Scratch

How to Paint a Woman Portrait from Scratch
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Add a mask to this layer and erase the pattern outside the dress:

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Step 33

On a new layer on the top, use a brush with the hardness about 40%, the color #402216 to paint the basic shape of the hair:

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Step 34

Make separate groups for the parts of the model (eyes, nose, lips, body, hair, dress). Create a new layer under the hair group with Multiply mode 100%. Use a soft brush with the color #976d55 and the opacity about 20% to strengthen the shade on the model face, neck and body:

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Step 35

I used a soft brush with the color #deb99f to make some light on the model cheeks and chin:

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Step 36

Create a new layer with the same settings like in the step 31 but without Clipping Mask. Use the Dodge and Burn Tool to refine some facial features: nose, around the eyes, chin, forehead, lips, philtrum, neck:

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Step 37

Now it's time for the hair. Make a new layer above the hair base one. Use a brush with the hardness about 30-35%, the color #683d2b , the size about 250 px to paint the big basic strands of the hair and smaller strokes outside of the head . It's a very important step to define the hair style and it can change the whole look.

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Step 38

Make a new layer and pick a lighter color for the brush (#82503c). Lower the brush size and paint more details for the hair, remember to follow the basic strands direction. It's very important because if you don't, your hair will looks very messy.

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Step 39

Continue painting more strands with the color #945f49 and with the lowered brush size (about 85-150 px) and don't forget to follow the hair movement. I also added flying strands outside of the head to keep the hair realism:

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Step 40

I used a brush with the color #ab6d54 to fill the hair with small, flying strands:

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Step 41

To make the parting of the hair I used a soft brush with the color #c99e80, lowered its opacity about 20-25% to paint on the top of the head:

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Step 42

On two new layers I used a soft brush with the color #683d2b and #945f49 to paint some tiny hair strands around the parting to make it more realistic:

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Step 43

In this step I used the Dodge and Burn Tool to define the light and shade of the hair, create its depth and nature:

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Step 44

To make the skin more realistic, I made a new layer above the face, body group, but under the hair one. Fill it with 50% gray and change the mode to Overlay 100% then convert it to a Smart Object so you can adjust the values later. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise:

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Go to Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches to soften the noisy effect:

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Step 45

Make a new layer and change the mode to Overlay 100%. Use a black brush with the settings below:

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Paint some freckles on her cheeks and nose and use a layer mask to reduce their opacity to get a more natural result:

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Step 46

It's time for the background. Place the smoke texture above the background layer (black one) . You can paint your own or use others if you like. Create a Curves adjustment layer above the texture with Clipping Mask:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to reduce the lightness at the edges to make some green light glowing behind the model:

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  3. This is amazingly easy. Even on an iPod. I have done this and even though some of the proportions are wrong( soz I am a perfectionist ease don't take this offensively) it looks amazingly realistic. The eyes colour is awesome as well. When I. First started reading it I thought, ok the eyes are grey. That's interesting. Turns out the eyes were going to be sea green!!

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  4. According to my point of view It's wonderful creation.If you can i would like to know some more tutorials about Painting a Woman Portrait . Thanks :)

    1. Hi Blakred,you can use any Soft Round brush, but make sure its hardness is set to 0%then you can adsjut its size according to the image.and you are done.let me know if you need further assistance.

  5. Some of the proportions layout is wrong, like the corners of the mouth should line up directly with the pupils of the eyes, not the inside edge of the irises, to name one, and the distance between the eyes is equal to the size of one eye. The ears, ( if seen ) would top out at the underside of the arch of the yebrows, and the bottom of the lobes would be lined up with the bottom of the nose. The layout compliments and confirms itself when you follow what I have stated. Find a book on how to draw lifelike for further instruction.

    1. Why don't you make a tutorial of your own, a genius of life drawing? =) Show everybody how to do it properly, jealous b..... =)

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