Aislin Posted September 28, 2011 Share Posted September 28, 2011 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Hi you guys and girls, here a tut from me, because I have heard that some people might want to know how I painted from pictures in PDN, wich is quite different from adobe photoshop I guess, or I haven't read or found out how it can be better done in PDN, lol. Anyway, this is my way of painting a portrait in PDN. Tools used: Black and white Pencil Sketch Gaussian Blur Paint Brush Paint Bucket Eraser Selecting Tools Gradiant Transparancy Line/Curve Fragment Blur 1. At first you start by opening a picture, you took or found on google or something. The larger the picture, the better is the result. I will use a picture from an old classmate I found on her webpage 2. Duplicate the original photo layer Go to Adjustments - black and white Go to Effects - Artistic - Pensil Sketch and make sure you will see the most important lines, it doesn't need to be very detailed because it's just as a guide through the whole progress. 3. Create a new layer above the sketch layer and now comes a fun part: just paint in diff Grey colors, from black to white where you think it fits. White or light Grey on the parts of the that needs to be light and darker colors on darker parts. You don't have to be careful yet Call this layer Basic You can put the sketch layer on top, where you can make it visible, invisible or change the layer property so you can see the lines, but also the Basic, underneath. I used Multiply, lol 4. I also made a simple Background by creating a layer under Basic - fill grey - paint behind the model and a bit more underneath - Gaussian blur as much as you like. Layers till now: Pencil Sketch Basic Background Original It's best to work from bottom to top as in, background first, objects behind the main object second and the objects most in front, such as the hair, the face, the hand as last 5. New Layer - on top of Background for the tree. Just find one on google, turn it black and white and play a bit with the layer properties so it fits perfectly on the background. Then merge layer down and POOF background is done! 6. As for the car seats and the window behind the seats, you need to create 2 layers UNDERNEATH the Basic, for the simple reason, she is in front of it in the picture. Now you can paint using the Paintbrush, Gaussian Blur and Line/Curve, to make it smooth. For the window I used Gradiant and Transparancy 7. Add a new layer on top of Basic and call it CAR (this is without the cardoor!) Why not behind it? Because that part of the car is already painted grey on the Basic. Paint this part of the car in the same way as for the the seats Make sure, with Line/Curve, that the edges are smooth and straight. Now you have the following Layers: Pencil Sketch Car Basic (also called: Marlon) Back Seat Back Seat Window Background Original 8. Now I made the dress first. I know it is against of what I have said earlier, but the dress was more easy and you can mix the layers of course. Also, it was my first PDN painting, so I was not as wise as i am now, LOL. Open a new Layer on top of Car and call it Dress. Paint the dress white and use the Line/Curve tool to create smooth edges. Create a new layer and draw some lines on the skirt, using Fragment Blur to make it look more realistic. Merge Layer down to Dress Create a new layer and put some shadow on the dress so the boobs are visible (giggles) using Paintbrush and Gaussian Blur. Merge layer down to dress. As last, create a new layer, paint the belt black. Create an other layer to make some white highlights, using Gaussian Blur again - use Transparency if needed. merge these layers down to the Dress Layer. 9. Paint the Car door on a layer on top of the Dress layer in the same way as you painted the Car. [/url] Now you have the following Layers: Pencil Sketch Car Door Dress Car Basic (also called: Marlon) Back Seat Back Seat Window Background Original You already have an idea of how it works now, I do this always on the same way as written above. I will show you the next things I did and in the same rank as I did it, but I guess, with a bit of practice you can do this as good as I. Just use the Line/Curve tool a lot and you can't miss 10. I did the face, the hair, the nails and the lines between her fingers, a Car door window and a front shadow Always use more layers for detailed things, such as the eyes, the hair, the mouth. Why? If you, for example, make the eyes just on one layer and you make a mistake, you have to do it all over again, but if you make a basic layer for the eye just white, you can build the eye up with layers. Example Layers for the eye: Eyelids Highlights Black eye part Colored eye part White of the eye Very soon I will make a special eye tut for very detailed painted eyes* 11. now comes the most difficult part, the skin and finishing touch of the face and the hand. You still use the same methods as before, only you pay a lot of attention to detail. If you have to work with more detail you use Line/Curve in darker and lighter colors than the skin colors or shadow colors. In that way, you can really point the details out. Use Transparency when and if needed. You can see the detailed parts in the following images. 12. After all of this, just put some shadows in front, if you like and wherever you like to give it a bit more depth and realistic look. The Layers you will have in the end: Pencil Sketch Detail lines Front shadows Hair Face Arm on front Car Door Car Door Dress Skin and Arm behind Car Door Car Basic (also called: Marlon) Back Seat Back Seat Window Background Original I do not know if there are any Shadow tuts, about where to put a shadow if the light comes from a specific direction. If not I will create a tut of that too, soon. That belongs in fact in every Art, Paint, Draw studies. If you have any more questions, or you do not understand what I explained, please ask me in personal message or in this topic. 1 Quote Websites Flickr Gallery Second Life Arts Ais Digi Paintings Tutorials Digital hand painting Digital portrait paitning Second Life Picture editing Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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