Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Quick Photoshop Painting Demo (with music)!

There are many different ways I paint in Photoshop, but this video demonstrates the technique I've used to paint FAST. I recently finished a project on a super tight deadline and I knew I had to figure out a way to paint faster in order to get everything done on time. So, I went back to basics: employing line, value and local color!

The video below started with a random sketch on a random piece of paper floating around on my desk. In real time, the painting took about 15 minutes but it's been condensed down to about four minutes here!


Since the video goes by at lightning speed, here are some useful tips for the basic layer setup I used:

  • The final line layer is set to MULTIPLY and is on top of everything else
  • The value layer comes next and is also set to MULTIPLY. It is important that you work out your values here in order to eliminate worrying about that in your color layer
  • The next layer is your local color layer set to NORMAL. Since your values are worked out in the above layer, all you have to do here is paint your flat (or local) colors in. Your values already show through!
  • Lastly, you can do a layer above everything else with your highlights.
  • I left my line visible, but if you push your value layer and really work out your lights and darks, you can completely get rid of the line layer.

That's it! Set it and forget it! Here's a piece I did using this technique. Until next time! :)

From "Goodnight Baseball" (Capstone, 2013)


14 comments:

  1. Christina, thank you for the video :) What brush did you use here for the value layer?

    - Luda Kiperberg

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    1. Hi! You're welcome! I created a brush a looooong time ago that I used for 99.9 percent of my paintings. Maybe I can find a way to post it for download somewhere! It's a basic chalk brush that I modified a bit, I think.

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  2. Great video! Thanks for sharing! I would love to know more about your brushes! Especially the brush you used for the background!

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  3. I find painting videos relaxing...so I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is so fun to watch! Amazing.

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  5. This is Fab! Please let us know what brushes you used, and also - more videos!

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    1. Thank you Tanya! I will try to find a way to share the brush I used. And hopefully more videos will be coming soon!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your demo! I love it and learned a lot. But one thing I don't get: what is the value layer you are talking about? I really don't have a clue what kind of layer this is and what values you set here.

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  7. You're welcome! So the value layer is where I put the "shading" or lights and darks. Essentially I paint in the shadows using only one color on this layer based on where the light source is coming from. I hope I'm explaining this ok! Let me know if you have more questions! :-)

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  8. Hi Christina, thank you for your answer. This makes it clear! I now understand what you mean! Thank you so much!

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