I suggest you play around with this settings to get different results when adding your gradient layer because it will act directly on how dark or bright the image is.

Step 5

Create a new Gradient Map layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map) on top of the head layer and click on the Gradient to go to the Gradient editor menu.


I selected a cold color palette I thought would go nicely with the theme (Black for the shadows #000000, Dark Blue for the midtones #04225e and a bright green for the highlights #62e121).I suggest you experiment using very contrasting colors to get a trippy feeling on the illustration.As we go along with detailing the illustration,we are going to use different variations in tone of this same colors.


We need to clip mask the Gradient Map layer to the Tiger head so the effect is only visible on that layer and to do that we are going to click between the two layer thumbs while holding Alt to clip mask them:


This is how the tiger head should look like with the gradient map clip masked:


Step 6

We are now going to star painting all the details on the tiger’s face to make it pop.But first we need to go through some color and brush setting before we start. I’ll be using a Digital tablet for this part of the tutorial because of the pressure sensitivity settings,but you can very well imitate them by using the Pen tool and stroking the paths using the “Simulate pressure” option (it will take more time but the final result will be similar to the one using a tablet). Create a new layer and select the brush tool with a basic round shape %100 hardness and about 4 pixels wide.Under the Brush presets menu, check the option “Shape Dynamics” and make sure to have the control set to “Pen Pressure”.(This settings are also needed if you are using the Pen tool instead of a tablet).


As we go painting the details,try changing the size of the brush to get different results. For the colors we will be using,You can enter a quick eyedropper mode if you hold Alt while on the Brush tool and click on any color on you canvas to sample it.Sample 4 different hues of the main colors (2 greens and 2 blues) we originally had to start filling up the parts of hair we erased while we were extracting the image.

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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 If the tutorial is out of date, then remove it.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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    online gaming

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  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?

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    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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