Surround sound

Surround sound

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

Photoshop brushes are often underestimated. Downloading a brush and painting it on canvas is typical use. Today I want to show you some powerful features of brushes. In this tutorial, we will create our own brush and look at parameters such as shape dynamics, spacing, etc.

Here is the final image:

Materials for the lesson:


This wonderful image of Laura Ferreira inspired me to create a similar result with brushes.

Step 1. Create a new document. Format – A4. Fill the background with dark blue: # 0a3556

Step 2. Create a new layer.
On the toolbar, set the color to white. Take a large brush with soft edges and gently add light areas on the canvas. Reduce the opacity of the layer. Keep in mind that these bright pale spots will become brighter in the future after using corrective layers. Here is my result:

Step 3. To make our background brighter, we need 2 adjustment layers.
First adjustment layer: Layer>NewAdjustmentlayer>Gradientmap (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). In the settings, create a gradient from dark blue (# 021a38) to light (# dff7ff). Set the layer blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) with ABOUTpacity (Opacity) = 70%.

Another adjustment layer: Layer> NewAdjustmentLayer> Curves(Layer – New adjustment layer – Curves). To increase the contrast of the entire image, change the appearance of the curve, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 4. The final touch to the background.
Create a new group on the layers palette. Change group mode change to Color dodge (Lightening the basics). Create a new clean layer inside the group and using soft round brushes make a few clicks on the center and on the bottom of the floor to separate the floor and highlights on the wall. Reduce the opacity of the layer (s). I called the group “super-light”.

Step 5. I will use the image “Guitarist” (Any other image related to music will look good). Transfer the guitarist to our canvas without a background. The name of the layer is “Rockstar”.

Step 6. To add shadows, simply create a new layer and move it under the “Rockstar” layer; take a soft black brush and gently create the shadows. It is better to make several layers with different opacity.

Step 7. Select the “Rockstar” layer and add a layer mask by clicking on the mask icon on the panel Layers (Layers). Use black brush, to erase part of the guitar, as shown in the sample below. If you do not like, or do not know how to work with masks, you can use eraser .

Step 8. It’s time to create our brush. Create a new document size 500? 500 pixels. Tool Custom shape tool (Freeform) (U) create a note (Music Library). The color of the note is black. Then let’s turn it into a brush: Edit> Define Brush Preset (Edit – Define brush). Give the name of your brush and click OK.
(If the item is not available, clear the selection from your layer and select it again)

Step 9. Now that the brush is ready, it’s time to figure out how to use it. The goal of the lesson is to create a large number of bright notes with the least effort. That is why we need to adjust the brush accordingly. Select our brush in the samples and open the settings window: Window> Brushes (Window – Brushes). Here you will see a large number of settings. I’m going to introduce you to Shape Dynamics, Scattering, and Other Dynamics (Another dynamic).

In the menu on the left, select Brush tip shape (Adjust the shape of the brush) and adjust the diameter of the brush = 100 px and Spacing (Interval) set = 130%

On the left, select Shape dynamics (Dynamics of form). Settings:
Size jitter(Size fluctuation) = 100%
AngleJitter(Angle oscillation) = 25%
These settings allow you to make the brush more dynamic.

On the left, select Scattering (Scattering). Here Scatter (Scatter) = 1000%. Now your notes will be scattered more and vertically.

And finally, on the left, select Other Dynamics (Another dynamic). Here i put Opacity Jitter (Fluctuation Opacity) = 100%.

Step 10. The first thing we will do with this brush is to slightly change the mask that we added to remove part of the guitar. Click on the mask located on the “Rockstar” layer. Make the brush color black. Swipe over the top of the guitar.
If you used an eraser last time, now also use it.

Step 11. Before creating the scattered notes, let’s choose the path along which they will be located. Download the “Girl” image, cut out your head and add it to our canvas. Discolor the image (Ctrl + Shift + U) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer.

Step 12. For our brush we will use 3 colors, taken as a sample from the guitar. (To take a color swatch, with the brush tool taken, press Alt and click on the point whose color you want to use)

Choose one of 3 colors and from the guitar create brush strokes. Start with a small brush at the base of the guitar and then increase. As you paint the facial features, reduce the diameter of the brush and Scatter (Scatter) = 150% -300%. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to disassemble the line.

Step 13. Repeat the same thing using different brush colors and sizes.

Step 14. The final step will be the final adjustment of the lighting. Create a new group and name it “final lights”. Just as we did in step 4, set the group’s blending mode to Color dodge (Brighten the base), create a layer inside the group and add white spots where you want to improve the lighting.

And here is the result:

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