How to paint a brush

Very often the question is asked: “How can I paint brush prints?”.
In this lesson we will look at one of the options for how this can be done.

* Ability to work with a pen, significantly reduce the time spent on this lesson. *

Step 1. Create a new document. (Ctrl +N). The size of the document will depend on the purpose for which the work will be performed.
We will make a greeting card, for this I decided to choose
A4 format.
The format options do not need to be changed (the resolution should be 300 pixels / inch).

After you create a document, go to Image – Rotate canvas – 90s clockwise (Image – Image Rotation – 90 CCW). The canvas will take a horizontal position.
For convenience, stretch and enlarge the canvas over your entire work area in Photoshop.

Step 2. Create three new Groups. By clicking on the icon “Create a new group” at the bottom of the layers palette. Name each group: Mickey, Mini and Pluto. Select a group of Mickey by clicking on it, click on the arrow next to the name of the group so that it turns down.

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Create a new layer in the group by simply clicking on the “Create a new layer” icon at the bottom of the layers palette. This layer will automatically be created in the Mickey group.
Take the brush toolHow to paint a brush, Black colour.
Select a brush with Mickey Mouse, increase the size of the brush, about one third of the canvas. Being on a new layer, make a print.

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Go to the group Mini. Rotate the arrow and create a new layer.
Take the brush from the Mini and place an imprint on the other side of the canvas.
* as long as it is possible not to worry much about proportions and position, we will correct this in the future *

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Go to the Pluto Group and do the same thing that you did with the two previous groups.

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Step 3. Now take the tool “Moving”How to paint a brush (Move Tool
(
V)), put a tick – Auto selection(Auto-Select).
And simply by clicking on each character, place them on your canvas, as you see fit.
If you want to increase or decrease the size of the print, click on the character and apply Free Transformation (Ctrl + T).

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Step 4. Let’s start coloring!
Go to the group Mickey.
Enlarge the image so that only one character remains on the canvas – Mickey.
Create a new layer in the group. Take the tool “Pen”How to paint a brush(Pen Tool (P)), in Paths mode. Select all that relates to the body of the hero, all that is painted black.
* of course, you can select with Magic Wand How to paint a brush
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Magic Wand Tool (W)), this will significantly reduce the time of work, but then the selection will be with jagged edges, and this, in the future, will spoil us all the work *

When all scroll, click Ctrl +Enter. The contour will turn into a selection. Fill the selection with black (D, Ctrl +Backspace).
Hide Mickey’s fingerprint to see if you’ve scrolled around correctly (you don’t need to remove the selection yet).

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* If you do not know how to work with a pen, take a look at these lessons:
lesson 1, lesson 2, lesson 3 *

Bring visibility back to the Mickey fingerprint.
Create a new layer. Take the tool “Brush”How to paint a brush(Brush Tool (B)), set the size to a large relative to the hero (for example, 35 pixels), Stiffness (Hardness)0%, Opacity (Opacity)
20-30%
.

Choose a color. Hue is desirable to take a gray-blue, for example # 444559.
And a little backing from the edge of the selection, begin to give volume to the body of the hero. Due to the active selection, we will draw directly inside it, without going beyond the edges.

The volume is given by layering the color on the color, and reducing – increasing Size and Opacity Brushes. Try thereby to achieve stretch marks – the transition from the dark (edge ​​of the selection) to the light (middle of the selection) color.
Draw light areas on the ears, hands and feet.

If, you have a sharp border color transitions, take the tool Blur How to paint a brush(Blur Tool (R)) and just smooth the transitions.
* if you can not orient in how to draw the volume correctly, then find the ready-made image of the hero and see how it is drawn *

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* I turned off the Mickey brush print layer so that the result was better visible. You can not disable it to see the integrity of the picture *

Go back to the layer on which you just filled the selection with black. Apply to this layer Layer Style (Layer Style) – Stroke (Stroke): Size – 3 or 4 pixels., Color is black.

Step 5. Create a new layer. Take the tool “Pen”How to paint a brush and give them Mickey’s pants. Select so that the dark stripes (folds) do not fall into the selection.

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Choose a red color and fill it with a selection.
Create a new layer, do not remove the selection, so that everything that you draw is inside and does not go beyond the selection boundary.

Choose a darker shade of red and paint it with a shadow; use a lighter shade to draw light on the pants.
Return to the first layer with pants and apply it Layer style
(
Layer Style) – Stroke (Stroke): Size – 3 or 5 pixels., The color is dark red.

* If you are not satisfied with how the outline is drawn, then click on the layer style with the right mouse button and select there – Form a layer(Create Layer), The style of the layer will turn into a regular layer on which you can draw the necessary moments *

How to paint a brush

Do the same with the rest of the body and clothes of the hero.
Do not forget, every time to create a new layer, for each separate part.

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Well, we can say that the most difficult thing with this character is over. Getting to the coloring of balls and ribbons.

Step 6. Create a new layer and tool “Pen”How to paint a brush (Pen Tool (P)), select one ball.

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Fill the selection with bright green #00ff00.
Apply to the ball layer Layer Style (Layer Style):
Internal glow(Inner Glow):

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Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Gradient Parameters(Gradient Editor):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Create a new layer. If you removed the selection, click on the ball layer to make the selection appear again. Invert selection
(Shift +Ctrl +I). Take “Brush”How to paint a brush, The color is white, and paint on the ball with white color. Swap layers
This is what should happen.

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* Color and gradient settings depend only on your imagination. To create a volumetric ball, you can take this lesson as a basis *

Apply this technique to the remaining Mickey balls, changing the color and some parameters in the Layer Style.

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Step 7. Create a new layer below the yellow ball layer. Take “Pen” and circle them with the strings of the balls.
* To interrupt the line and start the next one, after selecting one thread, hold down the Ctrl key and click on any place in the picture, then you can proceed to the next thread selection. After selecting the last thread, just click on the layer to remove the control points. *

Go to tool “Brush”How to paint a brush, install: Rigidity100%, size 5 pixels., Black colour.
Return to the tool “Pen”, right click on the image and select – Outline the contour(Stroke Path), in the window that appears, select Brush (tick – Simulate pressure
(
Simulate Pressur), no need to bet).
* To make sharp tips, just erase them a little. *

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Step 8. Go to the ribbons.
Create a new layer. Tool “Pen”How to paint a brush, select one item of tape.

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Fill the selection with red # Ff0000. Apply to this layer Layer style:
Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Gradient Parameters(Gradient Editor):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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It will turn out like this.

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To make the other elements of the ribbon visible, when selected, turn off the visibility of this layer.
Do all the same with all parts of the tape.

Copy Layer style at the first element and insert it to all subsequent elements, naturally changing Angle, the position of the sliders in the gradient, the color of the shadows and light.
* change the sequence of layers to avoid incorrect imposition of elements *

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Color the rest of the tape in the same way.

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In the image of Mickey, it remains to paint only the ring.
Create a new layer below all the layers in the Mickey group. Highlight the ring, fill the selection, for example, #FF1FFF color. Apply to this layer Layer style:
Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Gradient Parameters(Gradient Editor):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Hide the Mickey brush print layer.
Well, we painted the first print of the brush.

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Step 9. Roll up group Mickey, until we need it.
Go to group Pluto.
Create a new layer. Select the bottom of the cake and fill the selection #F8B12E color.

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Apply to this layer Layer style:
Stamping(Bevel and Emboss):

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In the tab Stamping, tab Texture(Texture):

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Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Gradient Parameters(Gradient Editor):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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The gradient parameter in the stroke (Gradient Editor):

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Here is what you should end up with:

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Create a new layer, select one piece of ribbon on the cake.

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Fill the selection with red #Ff0000.
Apply to this layer Layer style:
Shadow (Drop Shadow):

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Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Gradient Parameters(Gradient Editor):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Copy Layer style (right click on the layer style – Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style)).

Create a new layer, select the next piece of tape, fill the selection with red and paste the copied Layer Style. Slightly change the position of the sliders in the gradient parameters. Do the same with the last bite.

Hide layers with tape. Above all layers, create a new layer. Select the cups (attachments) on the ribbon, without the middle. Fill the selection with red
#Ff0000.
Apply to this layer Layer style:
Stamping(Bevel and Emboss):

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Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Invert the selection of the circles, create a new layer, take the Brush, with 100% Opacity, Color yellow and fill them with the middle.

Apply Layer style, Stamping and Stroke, with the same parameters that we applied above.
That’s what happens in the end.

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Step 10. Create a new layer below the cake layer. Highlight the plate and fill the selection with blue # 006AB3. Apply to this layer Layer style:
Stamping(Bevel and Emboss):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Step 11. Create a new layer, above the layer with the cake. Highlight the cream on the cake, with all the spray from him, do not forget about the area on the head of the dog.

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Fill the selection with lilac color # F456FE.
Apply to this layer Layer style:
Stamping(Bevel and Emboss):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Step 12. Create a new layer below the cream layer and color Pluto using the same technique as Mickey Mouse.
Apply to the collar Layer style with Gradient Overlay. Do not forget to work with each part on a new layer.

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Step 13. On a new layer, select one candle, fill the selection with red and apply to this layer Layer style:
Stamping(Bevel and Emboss):

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Stroke(Stroke):

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Do the same with the rest of the candles. Change the fill color and slightly adjust the Layer Style (Angle and stroke color).

After you finish with the candles, create a new layer and select one flame. Fill the selection with yellow and apply to this layer. Layer style:
External glow (Outer Glow):

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Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Apply to all other lights the same settings of the Layer Style, only changing the Angle in the Gradient each time.

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Create a new layer, below all the layers in the group, and draw a shadow under the plate and blur it a little. Hide the layer with the Pluto brush print.

Well, we have a second character ready:

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Step 14. Roll up group Pluto. Go to group Mini.
Paint Mini, just like you painted the first two characters. You might want to apply a Layer Style, for example, to a dress or bows.
I painted it with a brush, applying only Stroke in Layer Style. Balls also had to be painted manually.

Do not forget to work with each part on a separate layer.

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Step 15. Minimize the Mini group.
Scroll down to the layers palette and above the first layer (Background), create a new layer and fill it with white.
Apply to this layer Layer style:
Gradient Overlay Overlay):

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Create a new layer above the gradient layer. Select the gradient layer (holding the Ctrl) and press Ctrl +E, the layers will merge and the style will disappear.
Reduce the image (Ctrl –), to appear around him gray areas of the field, click Ctrl +T. Begin to stretch the layer, up and down, until you are satisfied with the result in colors. Apply the transformation (Enter).

Since the characters should be bright, not the background, reduce Layer opacity, somewhere to 65-70%. That’s what happened with me.

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Step 16. Write your text and apply to it. Layer style.
The site has many lessons on applying Layer Styles to text, so I will not paint this step.

It now remains to finish the ribbon on which the Mickey ring is attached (using the Pen, Gradient and Brush).
And now, everything is ready.

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To create this work, it took me a lot of layers (131pcs.).

And this is another version of a painted brush print, and the use of some other brushes.

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I hope you enjoyed the lesson.
I wish you creative success.

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