Step 30

Make a new layer above all of the layers. Use a hard brush with the color #ae845f to paint the base of the dress:


Step 31

Create a new layer with Clipping Mask, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:


Take the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 20-35% to create the details on the dress. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode:


Step 32

Drag the flora pattern above the model and change the mode to Multiply 20%:


Add a mask to this layer and erase the pattern outside the dress:


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:


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:


Step 35

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


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:


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.


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.


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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26 responses to “How to Paint a Woman Portrait from Scratch”

  1. Maxine Avatar

    I don’t understand step 4 to step 5

  2. Chinedu Hector Avatar
    Chinedu Hector

    I don’t use a tab..can I do it on my laptop

  3. Marcio Siviero Avatar
    Marcio Siviero


    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  4. edi wow Avatar
    edi wow

    how to brush?

  5. Ravi Avatar


  6. annesthea Avatar

    it’s a pity… the download does no longer exist :(

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Link has been fixed. THanks!

  7.  Avatar

    omg so cool .. thanks !!

  8. Jarondj Avatar

    Very simply shykarnaya article helped novices As

  9. Asim Rajput Avatar
    Asim Rajput


  10. art. Avatar

    this is vey useful Thank you. But please upload tutorial to use properly using brushes

  11. Lais Avatar

    I want your help. I like your side. Your words are interesting. I got here by miksate and I started reading. I became interested in the topic and I am thinking it I could use your texts on my paper, only with the quotation. Please answer, thank you.

  12. Abiha Avatar

    I have learned some esseitnal things through your site post. One other subject I would like to express is that there are numerous games on the market designed in particular for toddler age small children. They consist of pattern recognition, colors, pets, and shapes. These generally focus on familiarization as opposed to memorization. This makes little children occupied without feeling like they are studying. Thanks

  13. Grace Avatar

    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!!

  14.  Avatar

    How can I learn this in simple way :/

    1. Anh Avatar

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  15. Artist Avatar

    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 :)

  16. Anand Ram Avatar
    Anand Ram

    wonderful !!!!!

  17. Oluwadare Toyin Avatar
    Oluwadare Toyin

    that is good job

    1. Lilia Avatar

      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.

  18. Fabriano Avatar

    Very good however I recommend dimming the eyes to add realism

  19. David Winarchik Avatar
    David Winarchik

    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. Milana Avatar

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

  20. mocca Avatar

    OMG ur one of my best photo-shopper.. keep on the good work!

  21. Jordan Snow Avatar
    Jordan Snow

    Kirby Oliver

  22. Sharon Robertson Avatar
    Sharon Robertson

    do you have tips i can check out for impression brush? i can’t figure out how to use it properly.

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