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simon levenson
02-14-2001, 04:41 PM
Step One: Open up a new blank document and to adjust some settings.

A: Switch your color to H.S.B. from rgb or cmyk. This will allow you to adjust tone and the like much more easily.

B: Adjust your brushes to your likeness. You can do this by double clicking on any brush in the brush window. Make the brush larger than you might think as we are painting here and not drawing. Also I think that making the brush harder is a good thing. The soft brushes are a little too air-brushy and we can achieve that effect in other ways later.

C: Finally, and this is really the trick here, the number pad on the right side of your computer keyboard is a way to set opacity. That is the main tool we will be using. If you press the 5 button the opacity of your color will be set at 50% and 4 will set it 40% and so on. Unless you are making a really dark color donít set the opacity over 50% and often you will be working at 30% and 20% for subtle effects. SET YOUR OPACITY TO 50% NOW.

Step Two: Select a color for your background using the color box. Move the S button to control saturation and the B button to control how much black you are using. The Black is the tone. Remember what ever color you select with be used at 50%. So select Fill from the Edit menu and fill in the background. You should end up with something softer and nicer than normally seen in photoshop.

*If you want to get a nice effect go into the Filter menu, select Noise and then Add Noise. This will give you a bit of a texture to work on.

Background with noise

Step Three: Select another color. I will use a middle tone to lay in my mid-tones. Grab a big brush and draw it in.


Step Four: Now select a lighter color. You can do this by selecting less black in your color and a new color altogether. Now rough in your highlight.


This is two colors selected, one at a time.
If you go over the same area twice with the brush you will get a light that is twice as strong.

Now grab a dark to lay in the darks.

And now some of the trickery. Use the Alt button to change the cursor to a color picker. Select a color from your canvas that you have already used. I will select the green dark here. When you pick this color it will be selected at 50% of the previous version because your opacity is set to that.


Now using that new color draw in a middle dark between your dark and mid-tone.

Step Six: Select the color of your highlight by pressing Alt and putting the color picker on the color you want. Reduce the black in the color to make it brighter and lay it over the previous highlight.

Finally, Select a color. I will take my highest highlight. I will then set my opacity to 30% by pressing the 3 button the number pad in the right side of my keyboard.


By over laying the colors and opacties and changing brushes you can achieve and result that you like depending on how far you want to take it.

Good luck. Post your questions here so that others may benefit from them.
Simon Levenson

www.simonlevenson.com (http://www.simonlevenson.com)

[This message has been edited by simon levenson (edited February 14, 2001).]

[This message has been edited by pixelscapes (edited March 07, 2001).]

02-14-2001, 04:51 PM
Thank you very much Simon. I'll give it a try.


02-14-2001, 05:34 PM
Thanks Simon. I am printing this out for later use!

Cap/ I will paint today!

02-14-2001, 06:06 PM
Good stuff, indeed! However, I need to move this over to the Digital Art forum - as this forum (ArtSchool Online Discussions) will be going away soon...


B. Scott Burkett
Founder, WetCanvas!

02-15-2001, 09:13 PM
Simon, love your description of the technique. Why not make this into a short instructional article, using the <a href="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Publisher/">WetCanvas article publishing system</a>? It would appear in the Digital Art channel under Newswire, then.

-=- Jen "Might as well use it" de la Cruz

[This message has been edited by pixelscapes (edited February 15, 2001).]

02-18-2001, 06:52 AM
Thanks for this terrific lesson Simon. I really learnt a lot. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
best wishes


03-05-2001, 08:08 AM
Please help me, someone. I'm always interested in fathoming Photoshop's bits and pieces, but I have a problem reading the original post of this thread.

After each instruction I get a small box with a red cross in it, instead of (presumably) a picture. Clicking on the cross does nothing. I seem to be able to download other pictures OK. Am I missimg something on my browser (IE5)?

03-06-2001, 05:59 PM
I too, can not see the images. Because it was moved?