How to Make a Realistic Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop

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Photoshop software is such a versatile platform that allows us to explore, innovate and create so much with all those flexible and multi purpose tools. One such creation is digital painting.

Digital painting is a method of doing an artwork on a system. It is a way of portraying our ideas and thoughts on the screen by adapting traditional painting mediums like oil, ink, water color, etc.

Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop produces raster paintings. These paintings usually resembles a real painting made with real brushes and paint, thus they look more realistic than a vector painting or illustration.

This painting can be in Adobe Photoshop can be created by using brush tool in a spontaneous manner. A digital painting maker tries to mimic the physical objects or people in their own virtual manner using virtual brushes and colors.

Steps to Make s Digital Painting

Making a digital painting is not an easy task however there are various ways to make it and with practice we can even develop our own unique technique.

  • To start with we first need to imagine what exactly we want to make.
  • It’s always better to have a rough layout
  • Keeping the size of the page in mind is also very important.
  • Start by making a rough sketch of your art on the screen using brush tool.
  • Now using brush tool only color your artwork and then do the detailing work later on.
Certain Techniques to Make a Realistic Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop

1. Photo textures can be used
Making use of photo textures can be a great way to enhance our artwork in Adobe Photoshop and make it look more realistic. Photo textures are actually a part of pictures, photos and photographs and we can use them to add texture to our artwork using blending modes.


 2. Texture brushes can also be used
Texture brushes can be used to add realistic details in our artwork. Also we can make our own brushes and can also find brushes online.

3. Making smart use of color palette
We can definitely give a realistic touch to our painting using various color shades. Even if we dont know various techniques, we can actually give depth and detailing to our art by playing with colors.

We can notice how in this illustration various shades of red and even purple is used to give a realistic touch to it. Through this technique of colour palette, we can give a realistic look to our creation.
These techniques make a digital painting awesome.

We can also create such type of beautiful digital paintings in Adobe Photoshop with the use of right color schemes and techniques. To get the more ideas of digital paintings have a look at our Digital Painting Projects.

Author Introduction:

This blog on Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop is written by Nida who is pursuing Graphic Master Plus course from our training institute. If you have anything to discuss and suggest then you are free to convey in below given comment section.

Stay tuned with us for more informative blogs, Till then, Keep exploring!

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