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Painting Tutorial - Basics by Klyph Painting Tutorial - Basics by Klyph
This little tutorial illustrates the basic steps and techniques used when digitally painting with Photoshop.
This is not an in-depth tutorial on how to paint 'something-something' like a pro (a pro I am not :giggle:), just some concepts I use regularly to make decent paintings in 3-6 hours.

Some of the biggest problems I had while starting to paint is answered here and if you have more questions, feel free to ask. :)

Photoshop (any version) - mine is CS2, but I still recommend Photoshop 7.
Tablet (any brand) - inutos 2 (or 3)

Deviation: [link]
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faizarrahman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
wow ,, thanks for the tutorial,, can i ask you something,, i try to make a glow (like in your ocean wave above) how to make it feel more real? is there some setting in your brush? thanks :) 
o-Bela-o Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't know if someone've already made up this question, but... how many layers did you use for this piece?

Thanks, and, again, congratulations (:
o-Bela-o Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing colors, congratz! (:
pigsinablanket Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in the beginning, what size, ocapacity, etc was the brush? like, how did you get them to overlap so well? MUCH LOVE
RandomeCraziness22 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
For the layers...when you want to shade in you have tp do a different layer for that??? Sorry im new to this and I am good,but need more steadiness and shading help (=
PhantomExpress Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Wow good pic . . .
Richirajd Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Made a dragon from I could do that.
Fimrah Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! This is really handy. ^^ I can't wait to keep practicing.
imFragrance Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   General Artist
what are your brush settings , opacity and flow settings?
CROK06 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm new at digital painting - just got my first tablet - that said, your tutorial was helpful and the outcome is great. :] One question - what are your brush setting when you first start out? For the background closeup at the beginning, it looked like there was an opacity on the brush -am I right? Do you use the mixer brush or anything special? :]
skulblakadragon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I did very well for my paintigs ^^
I will show you the result, ok???
XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is really neat! I was wondering if it's ok for me to use the final picture in this tutorial as reference? :)
amalitsa09 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009   Filmographer
Question: How do I create this cool color base ? With the orange and blue ? some special brush for this stange pattern ?
erickhcabrera Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Its nice... a good workflow.
ryanvardy123 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
brilliant! thank you so much!
AlembaArts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
just amazing tutorial thx fav
Flash-13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I like the oriental Look of the waves
TenshiHikari Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Your tutorial is simply wonderful. I was looking for a good tutorial when I was going through the oodles of them in my search results...I'm glad I chose yours. :3
MissEcho Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   Digital Artist
Wonderful! :+fav:
Dark-Beauty Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what brushes u use? or settings to them.
onimusuko Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
ah-maaaaa-zing!!i'll treasure this :heart:
cursive-illustration Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would like to know how you work with layers. for every object a single one? or even one for all?
nightfallrose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm you have to be an artist to do's the same as real painting, if you don't know the steps you can't exposure light, 3d, etc.
ash9111 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Thanks man.
sooty-headed-bulbul Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
how,can you blend the color so smoothly?is the smaller size of brush needed?
i think the coloring need more than 5 hours.
CZta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008   Interface Designer
maSqueKawon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
very helpful..thx .. :+fav:
neutralmarco Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
amazing finished work! I dont know if I would be able to do that!
azonic800 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
awesome dude. how long have you been doing digital work?
magikwolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Artist
You never mentioned the opacity, flow of the brushes you used..what are they?

What was the type of brush that you used the first two steps?
LithMyathar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice tutorial!
Shennaniah Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Thank you, I like your your style of painting. =) Will try this out! :D
FoxsoulMarje Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
I'll try it in GIMP ;D
basotahuikan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
please do more step-by-step deviation~! :thanks:
Renilicious Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! I just wanted to say that I like this deviation so much that I've included it as one of the September features from my "Favourites Gallery" in my journal: [link]
bAseckas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
wonderful :omg: :clap:
celticessence Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
love the water^^
mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007   General Artist
Very awesome :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Interesting to see the steps. Can you do this without the tablet?
nonparticipant Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
cool I started on what seems like its going to be my first finished digital painting ever a couple weeks ago. Just working on it before I go to bed and what not.

I'm always glad to see other peoples methods, so thanks.
Klyph Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
The great thing about a digital painting is that you can fix virtually ANYTHING before you commit to finishing it. Most people just give up too soon.
nonparticipant Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
one of the many positives, I think my favorite 2 ideas of dig painting are
that is much easier to "mix" a color and get exactly what you want without worrying about your yellow having less pigment by volume than your red, and also

my real fave, multiple versions without having to redo EVERYTHING, because if you save as you go in different filenames like vers1 vers2 vers3, then you can go back to a specific point and do another version from that start, and if you like a part from later on in the process selectively copy only that part and bring it over, as a guide or to use.

I've done that with photomanips and edited drawings, but not yet done a even nearly finished dig painting, so, we shall see how it goes.
Klyph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
And one of the downside of a digital painting is that it's NEVER really 'done'. If you leave something and come back later, there's always something better you can do to fix it.

Traditional media is done when it dries or when the paper/canvas can't take any more punishment. ;p
nonparticipant Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
yeah, but traditonal media can be recyled in form of collage, or adding transparacies over top later on. not that these 2 options are extremely often used effectively.
zamboze Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
nice tutorial!!!!
Okokami Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
I wanna try this out, but i aint got no tablet and i cant sketch. :P
xibalba Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
I'm trying to read some tuts like this...good stuff :)
Hopefully I'll be able to even get something to look the way I want it when I finally try some digital painting. Very helpfull this. thank you.
rafajija Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
very good , i should try that :P the first step is the hardest to me.... tats very bad , i wish i could do that, i ve got the idea , but i just cant turn it out

gues it's the vector inside me , i very precise art , against digital painting an relaxed and experimental thing , gotta hit that:P

again , congrats
sarrahfm Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
u can't believe you did the piece in 4 hours! my gosh!! this would take me forever..then again i use a mouse..kekeke
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