TUTORIAL - Quick Apple Painting Tutorial for Beginners


[left]Someone linked this video and wondered about the layering involved in a PSD such as was demonstrated in the video. Here’s my stab at a simple breakdown of what the process might be. Hope this is useful to some beginners! :slight_smile:

Please bear in mind that I don’t use this many layers for the tone - they’re just shown as separate layers in order to show the steps. While I may use more than one tone layer (it just depends on the complexity of the painting) usually it’s a good idea at some point to flatten the tone layers to reduce your file size and to keep things tidy.

Just did this quick Tutorial for beginners interested in digital painting with PS - really just to update the old skull painting tutorial, which may be more useful, but here it is anyway:
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From here you can create your custom brushes (a pretty simple process, let me know if you need to know how to do this) and add texture to your basic work.

Here is a small gif showing the above steps:

I highly recommend trying this basic exercise using the Skull Shading Exercise linked here:

[[b]Personal Sketchbook Primer and Tutorial / Workshop Guide[/b]](http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=200&t=403198)

A really useful Tutorial for beginners is here:
 [[b]FREE digital painting video tutorial - (1700 style nudity)[/b]](http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=199&t=381097)
 I recommend those new to digital painting to check it out! :) [Here](http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=4191687&postcount=38) is a great example of the possibilities with painting using this basic grayscale method.


This is really going to help me with my OFDW painting!
Now I realize that I shouldn’t have started with a black background – even though the background actually is black. That’s why I’m having a hard time getting the mid-tones in there and everything is too white and flat – like you said, a typical beginners mistake :D.
Now I’m just hoping I’ll have the time to finish.



Hi Maria, I’m glad it helped! Looking forward to seeing your completed OFDW piece. :slight_smile:


Thank you extremelly much for this Rebecca… I am still working on building my perncil skills but its nice to have resources when i decide i am ready to port to a digital painting software…


Hey icedeyes,

You’re welcome! :slight_smile:


Rebecca, this tutorial even made me eat my apple for the day! :slight_smile:

P.S. Will you be giving a CG Workshop class?


Hi Dorothy,

Thank you for the nice comment! I am not sure I will be teaching another CGWorkshop, but one never knows. Thank you for your interest. :slight_smile:


:slight_smile: This tutorial really helped me out. I’m kinda new to CGing and I was looking for a good solid tutorial to help me out. Thank you so much for making this, it really helped me out on getting good value with shading digitaly. Shading digitaly and shading with a pencil is so much different, there is so much variation you can get digitaly and this tutorial was a good foundation to exploring that. Thanks again.



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