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Uploaded: October 14, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: October 15, 2009
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I have been asked over and over again to submit a lesson that would teach the beginning Photoshop artist, to paint a picture or drawing using a tablet and a program. In other words, “how to paint digital step by step”. Now the sketch that I drew really isn’t all that great, it’s just a quick sketch of a woman’s face. Before I color in my drawing or sketch, I will prepare my workspace with a lot of elbow room. Painting digitally is something that takes a lot of time and patience. Once my sketch is drawn I will choose my colors to be used on my tablet drawn picture. The main colors are very neutral and flat to start with, and later on the painting will look more colorful with deeper and richer texture. I spent a good amount of time on this lesson because I wanted to make sure that I come across as clearly as possible. If you have been looking for a way to teach yourself “how to paint digitally step by step”, look no further. I think this submission will help you in your problem areas, and help with the whole coloring process when it comes to painting in digital form. I will be back with one more lesson so stay tuned in for that. Peace out gang and happy painting digital.

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how to paint digital

How to Paint Digital

how to paint digital step 1

STEP 1.

Like I said in the tutorial description, the painting process starts with the sketch. Before you start painting you will need a sketch to paint on or an image. You can use a sketch you drew in Photoshop, or you can scan in a sketch that you drew in your pad.
 
how to paint digital step 2

STEP 2.

I will explain what each tool is that you will be using in this painting process. The wand looking tool is called the selection tool. This tool selects a fraction of color. The next tool is the icon that looks like a brush. It is actually called the brush tool. The brush tool is used for inking out sketches and painting. Next you will be using the eraser tool which of course erases. You now have the smudge tool. This Photoshop tool smudges an area or used for blending colors. Lastly you will be using another tool called the color pallet. The color pallet allows you to pick your colors to paint or draw with. You can switch up to two colors.
 
how to paint digital step 3

STEP 3.

As described in the step, this lesson is to be used with a tablet only. Now you will get out your brush palette by pressing the keyboard key "F5". Choose a small brush which solely depends on the size of your sketch and or image. You will change the settings for the selected brush. To do this you have to click on shape dynamics, and other dynamics. This will give you more control when you paint or ink.
 
how to paint digital step 4

STEP 4.

In this step, take out the brush you made in step 3 and start roughly outlining the sketch. I do this because it will make the line art for the painting way cleaner and realistic. Make sure you have a tablet for this tutorial. Learning how to paint can be very tricky for some people. It can take years to actually master the skill. I myself still didn't master the skill.
 
how to paint digital step 5

STEP 5.

When you begin painting down your flat colors, always have your shadow and highlighting colors. I picked some colors that make the skin tone look natural, and bright. Use a larger brush with the same settings as the previous brush you used to ink out the lines.
 
how to paint digital step 6

STEP 6.

Before you start shading, always figure where your light source is hitting your painting. This can take quite a while to learn. Sometimes I get this aspect wrong. First, start off the shading with natural mixtures of colors to the skin tone. After you’ve done that, add some darker hues to the skin. Save some space at the edges of the face for your back-lighting. If you don’t know what back-lighting is, it’s the reflective light that shapes your face in certain types of lighting.
 
how to paint digital step 7

STEP 7.

In this step you will start adding in those natural toned highlights to the face. These are areas that will make the painting pop out more. Make sure you add these highlights where the light is creating them. My light source is hitting the painting from the top. I can add the highlights in multiple areas. Another thing, you can darken the eye make-up so it gives a drastic effect to the eyes.
 
how to paint digital step 8

STEP 8.

Ok people, this step I have finished a lot of the shading, highlighting, and toning of the painting. I added some small strokes for highlights on the hair. I also added some bright and luscious colors to lips. The eyes have been tweaked a bit to add some shine and seduction. To make the eyes even more seducing is to add a smoky black on top of the lids. That’s all I have for you today people. I hope this tutorial helped those beginners new to painting!