Painting “The Nightmare” in Photoshop

Painting “The Nightmare” in Photoshop
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Step 10 - Background Painting

Before we continue the painting, let me show you the layer order again. I made some changes to the layer order because the sketch layer must be on top of all layers with the blending mode set to Multiply. You also want to lock the layer so that you don’t paint on it accidentally. At this point, we can start coloring the sketch and paint the main shapes. Don’t focus too much on one area; just start applying some shading. When painting, make sure that your brush has a hardness of 100%. Using a brush with a soft edge will produce blurry results.
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Now here as you see I have just locked the sketch. You must do same.
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Step 11 - Changing the Canvas Size

Now I’ll change the image size of my painting so that I can add more details. Using Image > Image Size, I set the new canvas setting to:
  • Width: 1200 pixels
  • Height: 3010 pixels
  • Resolution:300 dpi
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Step 12 - Quick Detailing

With the bigger image size, I can paint more details. I set the opacity of the sketch layer to 42% because I don’t need to see that much.
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Step 13 - Background Detailing

Now I’m going to hide some layers for you to see all the background details. Look at the shape of the clouds. In the next step, I am going to add more detail to the clouds.
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Step 14 - Adding Light on the Clouds

At this stage, I decided to add some details to the clouds. I selected the “cloud color” layer and after that, I began to add some light colors outline of the clouds. And here as you see I painted some rough shapes for the cloud and yet I’m not sure these are the main cloud shapes. Yet I'm not focusing on any one area, I just start throwing down some shading to bring the volumes out.
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Step 15 - Working on Clouds

At this point, I realized that my painting needs some clouds. So I make a new layer and paint as you see. The Cloud layer is over the sky color. I continue adding more details. I also would like to add some more details on the top of the cloud layer too. And also I do add some strokes with the Dodge tool I use this because I want to add some slight light areas on the clouds.
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Step 16 - Adding Details to Clouds

Now pay attention to the details which I just make with the color dodge option. I opened the “sky” layer for you to see more clearly the details of the clouds.
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Step 17

And also I do add some strokes with the Dodge tool too. I use this because I want to add some slight light areas on the clouds.
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Step 18

Now pay attention to the details which I just make with the color dodge option. I closed some layers for you to see more clearly the details of the big rock. And I continue to add details on the rock too.
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Step 19 - Detailed Colouring for the Illustration

Once I’m satisfied with detailing the clouds I began detailing for the other stuff on the illustration. I added some red and yellow colors on the bottom of the image.
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Step 20 - Continue to adding more Details

I continue to add more details for the clouds and here a screenshot for the main details. Now I’m executing on the high contrast for the clouds and the rocks by adding some bright tones to the side, darkening the back, and putting in some highlights to its outline.

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4 comments on “Painting “The Nightmare” in Photoshop”

  1. The skies are just wicked right now. I've been glued to my winodw. It's amazing. Yesterday morning, we were graced with clear blue skies and an amazing rainbow which dissapated as soon as I found my camera. Within minutes, the entire cityscape was shrouded in mist. Even when it's ugly out, Taiwan is still so beautiful! I hope you're able to get some good pictures. Stay safe this weekend!

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