Monday, April 2, 2012

How to Paint or Digitally Color a Face - Step by Step

This can be done on paper, in Photoshop or another program where you can paint.

Step 1: If you are working in Photoshop, create a new layer above the background layer and use this layer to sketch the face. Look at other pictures of faces if it helps, and focus on placement of features.

Click to open this image in the display window, save and print off or color in your own painting program! Try different hair colors, makeup and skin tones for unique results.

Step 2: If you are working in Photoshop, create a new layer underneath the sketch of the face (Naming layers helps to organize if you're going to create a lot of layers). Set the sketched face layer to multiply, and leave the new layer at Normal. Now paint in the skin layer.

Step 3: In a new layer, as it's a good idea to create a new layer for each color you add (this helps save time in case you want to change a color to something later on), start adding the shadows and highlights to the face.

Step 4: Another new layer. Add color to the eyes and lips.

Step 5: Now add more details to the lips, the make up, the eyes, etc. Add shading and light reflections to the eyes to make the model more dimensional and life-like.

Step 6: Make a layer for the hair, and paint it any color you wish! See the difference a color can make!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you!
    I really learned a lot from this blog post... how to colorize step by step. I like step-by-step way! That's the only way I learn things, and I like your down-to-earth approach. I keep an eye on your blog!