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This painting was made entirely in Photoshop CS2
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Painting “Aldwin Boy the Climber” Photoshop Tutorial
Step 1 Sketching
I decide to paint a little boy who likes to be up in the sky . I started with some quick sketches about the main idea. And here is the sketch about my main environment for the character.
Step 2 Setting the Canvas
Let’s start with opening a new document of around 700 pixels by 1006 pixels with a resolution of 72px/inch. Create a new layer and draw a sketch like I did. Resolution must be 72 for now. Later you need to make it bigger to add painting details. But not now.
Step 3: Choosing a Brush
For my painting I am going to use only standard brushes. Before you begin painting, you’ll need to set your brush settings. Start by selecting the Brush tool then using a standard brush such as the one shown below.
Step 4: Pen Pressure
In the Brushes palette (Window > Brushes), you’ll find many settings that you can adjust for your brush. I’ll show you the settings I used for this painting. In the Other Dynamics settings, I set the control to Pen Pressure. This is important if you are using a pen tablet for your painting. A pen tablet, such as the Wacom pen tablet, is essential for painting in Photoshop. It lets you paint using a pen instead of a mouse and adjust the strength and angle of your stroke. Set your brush settings to the one shown in the image below and try painting to see what it is like.
Step 5: Color Palette
Before you start on the painting, decide on the colors you’ll use. Here are the colors used for this artwork. You can use the same colors and load them into the Swatches palette in Photoshop. If you don’t like the color scheme, you can always make some fixes to change it later. I want my painting is look like some real dream in a dark night with some strange clouds. I choose a very dark blue and dark brown mixed with some brown and some blue and purple. Background will be a cold night blue color.
Step: 6 Layers
Ok. Here are layers. I named my first layer name as “sketch” And now here as you see I have 8 layers. You must do the same on your own project too. And the first layer is for my sketch work. On the next steps I’m going to create some more layers. The reason for painting on such new layers because of you need to make corrections later in the painting. It is much easier to fix errors if the main elements of your painting are separate entities.
Step 7: Working On The Background Color
At this point, we can start coloring the sketch work. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and select the background layer.
Firstly you have to choose the same color I showed you on the below picture. Make the numbers same as on the picture.
Here is my second color for the background.
Now is the time to determine the look of the background that you are going for. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the background with it.