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Painting simple drapery II

Author: Corinne

Tools Needed

  • Photoshop 7


Hello !

In this tutorial I will teach the Photoshop beginners a second way to paint some simple drapery to cloth on your characters or scenes.

(the first one is located here). The first step is quite the same.

The tutorial has been written by using Photoshop 7, some differences may appear with the tools if you have a lower version.


Step 1 - Sketching the drapery

Create a new layer and sketch the drape outline with a sharp brush. Fill the zone in with your painting pot and paint over the eventual holes to have an uniform mass.

There's no need to bother for the shape details now. Also, don't bother if your drape goes over bodies or details you would like to show on the first plan of the image, we will erase these afterwards.


Step 2 - Darkening the borders

To create the drapery, we will be working with the smudge tool (finger).

To work with this tool, we first have to have some darker zones on our drape layer.

Select the burning tool and choose the following settings : Medium tones, with a big smooth brush and a medium exposure (I used 60%).

With this brush, darken the whole outline of your drapery (or other, depending on the shadows and lights of your scene).


Step 3 - Using the smudge tool

First make sure your drape layer is selected and has its selection active (hit Ctrl and click on the layer in the palette).

Select then the smudge tool : Mode normal - and high intensity (you can go until 99%).

Make sure you start IN the painted part of the drape and sketch some shadows by starting from the top (inner) to the bottom (you can end on the outer side, it's better because it looks more natural then).


After you've done in once on the whole length, switch mode to darken and redo it.

You can also sketch some shadows from the bottom to the top, if you have parts of your drapery that should be shadowed. To do this, lower the intensity : you will get smaller shadows. Do it only where you feel it's necessary.


Step 4 - Detailing and correcting

Now take the burning tool with the same settings as in step II.

Darken the borders, and also some shadows you feel are better to be darker.

Correct the borders of your shape with the erase tool, with a smooth brush. Try to give your drapery a shape that matches your shadows. Also darken the borders of the shape, depending on the lights you used for your composition.

To erase the drapery that goes onto your character, set the opacity of your drapery layer to 80% or less, so you can see through it, and erase carefully with a small erase tool brush.


Step 5 - Finishing

It's done now !

If you want to change the colors of your drapery, go to Image > Settings > Hue and Saturation.

Make sure the Redefine option is checked and play with the settings.