View Full Version : Painting hair in Photoshop...

03-26-2011, 04:30 PM
Yeah I know it's a Photoshop tutorial but I'm sure the technique can be used in any digital painting app including our beloved ArtRage...


Muir Dragonne
03-27-2011, 12:32 AM
I gave this a shot and here's what I came up with.

First, I sketched out my subject - in this case a lion - and put in the base colour. I used the oil brush, normal round preset, insta-dry off. I started the brush size at 50% to get the large areas, then dropped it down to about 20% to get the edges.

Muir Dragonne
03-27-2011, 12:36 AM
Then I used the palette knife on soft at 90% pressure, 53% smudge, at 4% size to create the fuzzy edges in the direction of the fur flow.

Muir Dragonne
03-27-2011, 12:49 AM
I couldn't figure out how to do dodge and burn on the same layer, so I choose a lighter colour from the base. Using oil brush at 4% size, 20% pressure, I painted in individual strands of highlights in the mane. And the same for the lowlights, choosing a darker colour.

Muir Dragonne
03-27-2011, 12:55 AM
Using oil brush on 50% size, 20% pressure, insta-dry off, I painted in the highlight and shadow areas to give the mane a feeling of depth.

Muir Dragonne
03-27-2011, 01:00 AM
Finally, I smoothed it all out using the palette knife at 27% size on blur, 60% pressure, 53% softness.

03-27-2011, 03:01 AM
I couldn't figure out how to do dodge and burn on the same layerHi MD

Airbrush and Ink Pen tool do allow you to select the Blending mode, so you could probably dodge and burn using those tools.

04-06-2011, 02:44 AM
Great tutorial...

Thanks kindly for sharing....