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3 Photoshop Brushes for Painting Skin
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Published: March 13, 2015
© 2015 - 2019 pixelstains

Today’s Photoshop brushes are for painting skin. They were requested by “Chloé”

For brush requests, ideas for future brush sets, or related questions you can email me at

The set contains three different brushes:

  • The first brush is for texturing the skin. You can use it to paint directly with color, or on a separate Overlay layer using grayscale.
  • The second brush is the most important for achieving the realistic skin look. Use it for painting highlights with the color of the main light source.
  • The third one is for painting freckles or adding variety to the skin.


Use higher chroma colors at the edges of  shadows to illustrate a property of the light called sub surface scattering. Exaggerate the effect in case of a point light source and tone it down in case of diffused light.

Don’t add tone variation to dark shadows, just leave them one color.

For details use the default soft brush with noise added. You can also increase its spacing a bit.

Gather references before painting.

All my brushes are FREE to use both in commercial and personal art.
I do not request credit or back linking, but if you do I'll take it as a kind gesture.
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RyienaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  These are awesome!
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u are amazing thanks

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thanks man
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Thank you for the brushes.

They are really good.

I will use them with a lot of love <3

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Tearston3Hobbyist Digital Artist
For those having trouble downloading do a full refresh of the page. That usually clears up the issue for me.
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thank you 
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So sad, I cannot download it, the link is broken :< 
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Thanks! You have great professional artwork! Thanks for creating them and uploading them to DeviantArt!
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pimpinpirate111Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More of a reflected light effect on the underside of the balls instead of subsurface scattering which is seeing light thru an object. Shining flashlight in between ur fingers equals subsurface scattering. Thanks for the brushes
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MitherielStudent Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Thank you so much for these brushes!! They look fantastic Hug 
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Thank you
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Thanks a lot my dude!
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thank u <3
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These are just what I need so thank you very much!!
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BamwineHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks
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it says the file doesn't exist :(
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I'm new to using brushes to add texture in photoshop. Should I have a base color for the skin down and then use the first brush to add texture? I'm not sure if I am doing something wrong but the color keeps getting darker each time I pass over it when I do not have any base color set down. I have opacity at 100% which was the only thing I was able to think might cause that.

I think I figured it out. The brush was set to multiply mode.
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Good reference piece
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These look awesome. Can't wait to try them out.
Thanks for uploading!
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how to download?
thanks for your work :)
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