Learn how to create this super cool neon tiger poster in Photoshop! You’ll learn how to get neon colors using Gradient maps and learn some over-painting techniques to bring the whole image to life.

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Psychedelic Tiger Illustration Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1

Open a new file in Photoshop.It should be 5100×3300 pixels with a resolution depth of 300dpi.This size is perfect for keeping as much details as possible.


Unlock the background layer by double clicking on the layer thumb and using the Paint Bucket tool (G) select black as your foreground color and fill the layer.

Step 2

Drag the Tiger stock image to your canvas.Using the Pen tool (P) we are going extract the animal from the background.Draw the path a little bit inside of the tigers face.We don’t need to be specifically exact here because we are going to draw all the hair we cut out again.


Once you close the path, right click and select:Make selection. On the feather radius use an amount of 10 pixels.This feather will make it easier for us to blend the hair we are going to paint on the sides of the face.


Step 3

Now we are going to manipulate the head to deform it so that the tiger appears more symmetric and so it has a double snout that goes with our psychedelic concept.Select the head layer and duplicate it. Then go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.


Add a layer mask on the duplicated layer and using a soft (0% hardness) medium (300 px) Brush (B) with Black selected as your foreground color,paint over the left side of the face to reveal the other layer under it until both faces are blended.


Step 4

Select both layers and merge them together (Ctrl+E). Now we are going to do a few adjustments to the tiger face before we add our gradient map and star painting over it. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen and apply the filter 3 times (Ctrl+f) to remove most of the blur on the image.


Now add some contrast by going to the menu Image>Adjustments>Brightness and Contrast and apply the next settings:


Our image now has better contrast but still need to be darkened a little bit more.Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels (Ctrl+L) and apply these next values:

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24 responses to “How to Create a Psychedelic Tiger Illustration in Photoshop”

  1. JRitchie Avatar

    Half the files are not available anymore and one you have to purchase. If the tutorial is out of date, then remove it. Frustrating!

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Sorry for the broken links JRitchie! As you probably know, free resources typically become unavailable over time. You’re welcome to let us know in the comments if you would like us to update them.

      We try to make everything free, from the tutorial to the resources. Regarding the brushes, it’s actually free. You’ll need to create an account but the download is free.

      I know it’s frustrating that free resources are a hassle to deal with, and that’s the tradeoff with free vs paid resources. I’m sure you will be grateful for the free content so many people have put out there for you.

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  3. MIKIAS Avatar


  4. da bomb Avatar
    da bomb

    yo this is gr8 I learn lots new stuff I’ve already mastered photo shop and English skills

  5.  Avatar

    wow its coollllllllllll ***** more stare

  6. Bejaflop Avatar

    yeah i bet

  7. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Wow, these are really creative! They remind me of those Chip Fosse drawings from Overhauling’. Great work!

  8. Dominic Avatar

    Es ist sehr schwierig, solche Linien ohne Zeichentablett nur mit der Maus zu malen,
    das Tutorial ist total klasse und auch für mich als Noch-Anfänger super, nachzubauen.

    Danke vielmals !!!

  9.  Avatar

    Wow, it is wonderful tips.

  10. Sandal Shukla Avatar
    Sandal Shukla

    Sir, Please specify the setting for the shape dynamics as brush set darker in the middle and fade in the first and last corner, please also specify setting for shape dynamic of brush tool at the time of creating dripping effect.


  11. datta3 Avatar

    very nice article

  12. Ariana Avatar

    I used this tutorial for a class assignment.
    came out great!!
    I had a hard time with the dripping effect, but played around with some brushes till I got something realistic!

    Thanks so much!

  13. MARIA Avatar


  14. niranth Avatar

    WOA! This is the stuff client are willing to pay for! Awesome and inspiring! One of the best tutorials out there on this site! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Akeem Avatar

    im not getting the the melting effect with brush, what brush did you choose?

  16.  Avatar

    The psd is only 72dpi…

  17. Flex420 Avatar

    this ISH is difficult

  18. Nora Avatar

    very very well written tutorial! it’s not confusing at all… basic photoshop knowledge is required though.
    learnt new techniques..thank you for taking the time to make this !

  19. Paige Avatar

    how do i get the grunge loooook!!!!!!!

  20. marissa Avatar

    Be more specific this is confusing.

    1. Everr Avatar

      i agree

  21. Chris Avatar

    Wooaahhhh this is rad! thanks for the instruction!

    1.  Avatar

      its been 11 years since you commented this, think back. did you waste themj

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