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The Big Colour Tutorial by crystal-89 New Colour Tutorial!

Edit* A DD? OH my goodness. THANK-YOU so, so much to everyone! This is incredible and now it's all thanks to you beautiful people for inspiring me. Many thanks to *EternalRC, ~Art-Recale, *FlirtingWithInsanity and ^Elandria - this means more than words can say.

Download for full view! Refresh page if does not appear, it will take a while, its very big, im sorry.

Simplified Version: Digital Painting Tutorial - Facial Features by crystal-89

In this tutorial:
:bulletblue: Overview of all icons and the basic functions in the GIMP menu.
:bulletblue: Brush and colour palette basics
:bulletblue: Backgrounds
:bulletblue: Skin tone painting and colours
:bulletblue: How to paint Eyes
:bulletblue: How to paint Noses
:bulletblue: How to paint Mouths
:bulletblue: How to paint Hair
:bulletblue: Layer modes and highlights.
:bulletblue: Contains bad humour.

Okay, as promised, I have brought you my MASSIVE digital painting and GIMP tutorial. I have spent the last week putting together this monster for you guys. :aww:
I'm sorry its so big, I just had so much I wanted to say. And at the end of the day, you can choose what you read. It is basically just a overview of everything so you can read as little or as much as you want.

I have used my latest digital painting Rapunzel to demonstrate painting the facial features and background.
Additionally I have added a realistic imaginative example of painting features.

Rapunzel Digital Painting + Steps by crystal-89

If you have any questions, pleaaasse comment, some of my wording may be a little vague or chatty, so I'm happy to clarify, or try to answer other questions.

Thanks so much, hope it helps.

Crystal/ Natalie.
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A preloader tutorial made for a friend

Click left/right edges or push A/D or left/right keys to navigate.

Because it was tutorial intended to be shown to a single person, some of the message may not sound like it was written for public. I could've changed it but I decided to not change it; I still want to record this tutorial this way.

This is my third time making a flash interface. I incorporated keyboard this time. How is it? Awesome? Annoying? Glitchy? [It WILL get glitchy if you flip too fast...]

1.This tutorial is teaching in AS2, but was made in AS3 HAHA! So the preloader for this tutorial was not made using the same method. I used this tutorial to make the preloade, and worked perfectly.
2. I really hope everyone's flash player is up-to-date?
3.GAH...I found out about ._Xscale almost a second ago. WELL THAT'S GREAT. Too lazy to fix the code now.
4. [01/07/11]WHAT THE FUCK there are many spelling/grammar errors! Why didn't anyone say anything?! HAHAHA you guys are too nice.
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:onfire: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR 1000+ WATCHERS! :onfire: And here's my gift to you! :D
I figured that a tutorial will be the most beneficial for most of the people who watch me regardless if they draw or not.

So this is the way I colour. I thought doing of doing a digital tutorial but there are already many tutorials that explain most of the techniques i use (which is just painting, blending and using layers such as multiply,overlay on top). However I dont think there are very many tutorials that explain how to use copics AND colour pencils as one material. And that's how I colour :D

I'm sorry, this is my first time making a tutorial so I was being dumb (and photoshop too) and friggin merged all the layers because the file size was too big to work on ps. Then I realised I forgot to change the colour of the bg! DX So that's why the colour is horrible, hopefully you can read it clearly ^^;
And maybe the photos are a bit blurry also;;; OTL

I swear I was going to add a better design after I've finished placing anything but too late now >_>

Anyway hope you all enjoy this, hope you learn something! ^^

P.S Sayoko's legs at the bottom should be much darker and I completely forgot about that DX

Things I forgot to add (because im such a ditz)
:bulletyellow: I used A4 Smooth Bristol paper
:bulletyellow: For the white highlights I used a small brush and Copic Opaque white ink: [link]
:bulletyellow: On tracing: "I trace the digitally-fixed sketch to clean paper and do it lightly. Of course by tracing you won't get all the details but you will get the basic shapes and position which is all you need, and you can stop tracing and re-draw all the details in again."

Sayoko's Ref: [link]
Final artwork: [link]

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Title】 Water Brush in Photoshop
Tools】 Photoshop


So a lot of people, including myself, freakin' love the Water Brush in Paint Tool SAI.

There might be many reasons why you would want a similar brush in photoshop, I for one wanted it because it's easier and Paint Tool SAI still doesn't like my computer. :XD:

I know what you're thinking, SMUDGE TOOL!?

Yes. The forbidden Smudge Tool.

There are creative ways to use this tool and it's in there for a reason. I always avoided the tool for blending but I find that with this custom brush and the Smudge Tool, not only is it easier for me to see the difference between two tones when blending, it also makes it easier for me to judge a nice blending job when doing it the other way of layering and colour picking. (The most common way of painting in Photoshop. :)) Therefore I personally find it is helping me learn to blend in Photoshop via the aforementioned technique.

I would recommend not to use this all the time if you want to master blending in photoshop. It's an excellent skill to have but at the same time, the more ways you find you can do something, the more ways you can create different pieces of work.

Either way, I hope this is of use to you all. Happy Drawing~!

Note: It should be able to work on any version of Photoshop.

:star: I recommend you create this custom brush using the brush tool then save that as a new custom brush and then set your Smudge Tool to that brush preset.:star:

:heart::heart::heart::heart:OMG Thank you so much for the DD! It's my first one ever! :la: Thank you~! :heart::heart::heart::heart:

:star:IMPORTANT [23-08-2013 2:43am BST]:star:

I was told about *nebezial's Blender Brush by =General-EbonRose after I had made this tutorial. So if anyone is wondering if maybe I got the idea from *nebezial then the answer is no. I only learned about it after I hade discovered this technique and made this tutorial. :peace:

There are differences between the brushes and their settings that make their results—albeit similar—noticeably different.

According to ~calisto-lynn, with her settings uploaded here, that in versions later than CS3, it will not work. If it does, it won't work as well as it should. You can see her exact response to a question regarding it working in CS6 here).

I know there's many similar tutorials and brushes out there but I still hope you find this useful. Perhaps my settings won't work whilst Nebezial's settings do and vice versa. It's not set in stone. :)

Happy Drawing!

Here's a FAQ

:bulletred:【All Characters are Copyright © to their Respective Owners.】:bulletred:
:bulletred:【Please do not redistribute this art without my permission first.】:bulletred:
:bulletred:【Thank you.】:bulletred:



I don't know why but for some reason I couldn't find where it had gone so I had to re-upload it.
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I'm getting asked quite a lot how I do all my nebula work, so I decided it would be a good idea to share some of my knowledge in a tutorial.
Now that my semester has finished and I'm done with all the exams I finally found time to do this. Turned out more comprehensive than I expected.
The brush I made for this tutorial can be found here: [link]

This is my contribution to the great community here at deviantArt.

If you have any suggestions, found any errors or just got any kind of feedback, please let me know.

I hope it'll be useful.


Special thanks to !Kirill-Gorshkov for the english Photoshop screenshots and ^Elandria for the Daily Deviation. :hug:


I've used Adobe Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial. It appears that the brush settings menu has undergone some minor changes in CS5. As far as I know, all the relevant options are still available, they just might have been moved to another sub-menu.
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Here's a beginner's tutorial explaining how to shoot decent photos of your handmade crafts if you don't have any professional training or equipment.

If you don't have Photoshop, there are many other free options. Thanks to ~GatzBcn for suggesting Picmonkey. It's an online photo editing tool that is free and easy to use :)

I hope you find the tutorial helpful!

You can commission a custom sketchbook like the one in the tutorial through my Etsy shop (link below!)

:star: My Etsy Shop:… :star:
:facebook: My Facebook page:… :facebook:
:bulletblue: Tumblr sketch blog: :bulletblue:
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How do you flood a city? Here's your answer :D
You use Photoshop of course :giggle:
:pointr: Original deviation: Flooded

This is an advanced Photoshop tutorial, if you have problems with the stuff in it, I suggest going through my other tutorials - especially the Layer Masks Explained tutorial should come in handy.

I hope you'll find this useful - especially those who asked for it. :heart:

I'm looking forward to your feedback - as always, feedback makes me keep writing tuts :love:

If you use this tut, note me and I'll add you to my Flood It Collection!

M O R Et u t o r i a l s

:dalove: More Tutorials

R E L A T E D p e r s o n a l . a r t

:dalove: More art at my art account

R E L A T E D u s a g e

:pointr: Flood It Collection
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This should be applicable to both painters and photographers and all other visual artists with occasional tips for one or the other in particular.

Always love questions, comments and criticism!

UPDATE: I was always skeptical of the rule of thirds/golden ratio, but in this post James Gurney explains a bit about why, and how the eye actually moves. The main thing I neglected to mention in this tutorial is that the eye is scanning for information. All of these compositional things are ways to make the right information more obvious to find at the right times.

UPDATE 2: Wow, thanks so much for the DD! I didn't realise what a big difference it can make. You guys are what inspire me to make tutorials, so if there's anything else you found a little mysterious about art, don't hesitate to suggest it!


Feng Zhu's FZDSchool tutorials on YouTube

"In this place..." ConceptArt thread

Bill Tiller's How to Draw Monkeys the Lucas Arts Way

Feng Zhu videos
- Make subject bigger
- Atmospheric perspective

Great tutorials on composition:
- Matt Laskowski's Perspective & Composition
- Johannes Vloothuis's Landscape Composition Rules

I'm taking tutorial suggestions here: [link]

Follow me on Twitter, where I post tips, useful links and cool art-related things I stumble across:
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A remake of my older tutorial - because I just don't draw that way anymore!

The reference photo is by :iconblair-w: and can be found here…
The skin texture brushes are by :iconnathies-stock: and can be found here…


:omg: !Daily Deviation! :faint:
I think I squealed a bit when I saw this! :aww:
Thank you so much to the people who featured and suggested this - and also for all the lovely comments left here.

I'm so glad this is helpful :heart:
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Oh man my head hurts so bad.

But doing this tutorial makes me realize how little I still now about color and I probably made things wrong and those typos and askdkasd blah. But I hope this makes you think more about how color affects other colors in your works! And maybe not use gray to shade stuff. :U;;;

Ugh I need to lay down.


Edit 8-17-12:::
HOLY MOLY where did you all come from? I just woke up with over 1K feedback messages and I'm used to seeing less than 10! Aaaa thanks so much! ;; I'm so happy so many people found it useful.

So I went in and fixed some typos, reworded some things, etc, so it's all nice. C':

ALSO for traditional artists, especially painters, the book I mentioned in the tutorial talks a lot about this stuff.

As for colored dry media: for colored pencils, I was taught in high school to use dark, cool colors along with the compliment color and dark brown as the base for shading. You'll need to experiment with this, since I haven't used it in a long time and I'm not sure how it'll turn out.

And the journey continues on!

Edit 8-21-12:::
I... got a Daily Deviation for this?! Wow!! I... I don't think I deserve it but I feel so honored! I feel bad because I wish I could've explained things better in this and cleared things up that were misunderstood... but I'm glad this helped people! That made making this tutorial worth while!

Thank you so much *Tristaeza for the suggestion and ^Elandria for the feature!

Edit 8-25-12:::
I just wanted to feature a tutorial by ~ArchAntoinette about this same topic. Before I give the link, I just wanted to point out that even though my tutorial was uploaded first and the format and photos are eerily similar, she touches upon things I didn't talk about, not to mention she's a very talented artist. Check it out! [link]
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