Create a Colorful Composition using Brushes in Photoshop

April 12th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a colorful composition by combining several brushes on top of the photo and applying different Blending modes. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get it started!

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How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #D3B2C3 color the new background layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Find a stock photo with a man represented on it, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Next step we’ll download a set of brushes for in Adobe Photoshop, named: MVbrush0809, grunge_brushes_by_szuia, benblogged_grunge and spooky_splats.

Click on the man’s layer on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon and choose the benblogged_gr_2 brush from benblogged_grunge set. Set the Foreground color to black.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

We need to hide the bottom part of the man’s picture by painting in the mask, the same way demonstrated below:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

On the next new layer we’ll apply the penciller brush from MVbrush0809 set. Foreground color is #EDDEE7.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

This layer should be positioned under the layer with the man on it. Paint on the layer the same way demonstrated below:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer and select for it the next brush from benblogged_grunge set, Foreground color is black.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

The layer will be situated also lower than the man’s layer. Make some brushstroke with benblogged_gr_6 brush as shown:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

On the next new layer we have to apply the next brush from MVbrush0809 set, Foreground color is white this time.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

The layer needs to be placed lower than the man’s layer. Make some brushstroke with NS5B-29 brush as shown:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer and choose the next brush from MVbrush0809 set. The brush’s color is #DA6874.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

The layer will be situated under the layer with the man on it. Using Wet Brush 60 pixel 1 make some brushstroke as shown:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Next we’ll create one more new layer and choose the brush NS5B-29 from MVbrush0809 set, Foreground color is #E54C93. Make some brushstroke as shown. The layer needs to be placed lower than the man’s layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create the next new layer and use the next brush from MVbrush0809 set. The brush’s color is # E54C93.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Add some brushstroke as shown and place the layer under the man’s layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer again, use here the next brushes from MVbrush0809 set, Foreground color is #AA8F9D.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Place the layer also lower than the man’s layer and add some brushstroke as shown:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Set the Blending mode to Hard Light for this layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

On the next new layer we’ll use the next brushes from MVbrush0809 set.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

The brush’s color is #EB9653. The Sampled brush 411 has white color (Opacity 20%). Place the layer under the layer with the man on it and paint using these brushes as shown:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Set Blending mode to Linear Burn for this layer:

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

On the next new layer we’ll use the penciller brush from MVbrush0809 set. Paint with this brush using the next colors – #DED0E2, #С6175С, #D04252. The layer will be situated under the man’s layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

On the next new layer we’ll apply the next brushes from the same set.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Paint with these brushes using the next colors – #D5596C, #574F55, #DC794A. Place this layer under the man’s layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Set the Blending mode to Color Dodge for this layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Now we have to create another layer and use the Sampled brush 2 10 from MVbrush0809 set.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Paint with this brush using the next colors – #F14985 (Opacity 20%), #CEC242, #F589A6 (Opacity 10%). Place the layer lower than the man’s layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Set the Blending mode to Hard Light for this layer.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

Create the next new layer and choose the next brushes from last used set.

How to create a colorful composition using brushes in Photoshop CS4

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  • theone

    14/04/2010

    Thank you for this beautiful tutorial, i am learning a lot from them, thanks for taking time to be generous.

  • Suneil

    14/04/2010

    Good one! Keep sending more..

  • Shanice Elcock

    19/04/2010

    Im a fresh man at High School of Graphic Communication Arts and I love this website. I want to be a graphic designer. And this site is helping e big time. Thank you.

  • milad

    19/04/2010

    wonderful

  • Salena0190

    19/04/2010

    Thanks a lot for ur posted ..it really good :) i am a Designer too..:)

  • Onilla

    23/04/2010

    hello! where can I get those brushes which are used in this tutorial?

  • admin

    25/04/2010

    @Onilla

    link to brushes is included in tutorial

  • Manuela

    13/05/2010

    I like it so much!

  • busyokology

    04/06/2010

    nice tutorial. very helpful. tnx

  • hayyanah

    26/06/2010

    i cant downnload the brush!!

  • hayyanah

    26/06/2010

    i cant downnload the brush!!

  • deden

    20/07/2010

    it’s really cool… i like it … good tutorials…

  • axxo

    22/07/2010

    brushes nt workin…how to add?

  • Hadi

    21/08/2010

    thanks…it was useful

  • Kathmandu

    02/10/2010

    Great lessons. Really helpful. THANK YOU>

  • Kenshin

    21/10/2010

    I cannot download the brushes either

  • Zoobi

    07/11/2010

    i like this web site…but i don’t know how we use adobe photo shop.

  • Hector Guterriz

    30/11/2010

    This design is so good.I love it. I want to be a designer too. So helpful.

  • mercy campos

    02/12/2010

    this painting blows my mind its soo extrodinary…..ilove it!

  • dipster

    15/03/2011

    downloaded the brushes and added – no problem. Just thought the tutorial could have been better or more clearly explained for us Noobs

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  • Gordon

    25/02/2013

    What a great tutorial. Thank you, It’s very well done.