Special Effects

How to Create a Psychedelic Tiger Illustration in Photoshop


To give the finishing touches,I used a light blue shade and using different brush sizes, I scribbled some details along the face.


Step 9

In this step we are going to apply all the dripping effect that give a melting look to the image.To achieve this effect first we need to apply some different presets to our brush.Select a round large brush and under the Brushes presets,check the Shape Dynamics (Make sure again to have the control set to “Pen pressure”).


Now check the “Color dynamics” box and apply the next values:


Do the same with the “Transfer” option:


Select the original shade of green (#62e121) as your foreground color and white as your background color.The variation of the size and the color will now be ruled by the pen pressure.This means the harder you press while doing your stroke,will make it bigger and it will also paint with a greener hue,if you press lightly as you stroke,then it will be smaller and the color will be lighter.


Paint on a new layer that should be on top of all the tiger face detail layers and while holding SHIFT,stroke starting on the lower part of the face towards the bottom,pressing hard on the starting point and releasing it at the end.


Change the size of the brush as you add more detail on the drips.Decrease it until you have very fine lines running across the dripping paint effect.



If you used multiple layers to do this step,merge them at this point.Drag the paper texture to your document and place it over the Dripping paint effect we just did.Change this layer blending mode to “Overlay” and clip mask it.


Add more drip details around the snout and the nose.Use a small round brush this time and a Dark blue shade as your foreground color and black as your background color.


Step 10

Load the brush set of Ink and Bleach splatters (Or a similar one you have).Create a new layer behind the tiger and paint a couple of shapes around the head.


Once you have something nice,Duplicate the layer and flip it horizontally.Center both layers around the head.


Now we are going to paint some dripping effects on the stains.Use the same settings as the step before on your brush but now set its opacity to about 30%.I used a dark blue as my foreground color and a lighter shade as my background color.


Step 11

For the finishing touches, we are going to add some firework sparks to brighten up the whole composition. Drag the Fireworks stock image to your document and select the Lasso Tool.Draw a random selection on some of the sparks and copy them into a new layer.


Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and saturation and change the hue to a matching light blue color:


Set this layer blending mode to “Screen”.Now duplicate it and resize it several times and place the layers across the canvas.


Final Results


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Authors Comment

profileThis is all for this tutorial. I hope you learned some new techniques while making it.Remember to experiment around with the colors and values using this tutorial as a base.Hope you enjoyed it!

– Edmar Cisneros

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