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How to paint in Photoshop using a mouse

posted by mtusan, Oct 20, 2008 12:12 PM — 171 comments

Welcome to my very first tutorial in which I am going to show you how to do a nice looking paintings using just a mouse. Halloween is coming soon so let's paint a pumpkin:-)



The tutorial and other samples can be also found on my web.

Step 1 - The Outline

- Create an outline of the pumpkin in Illustrator (or use mine).

- Open up Photoshop and create a New Document with a white background.

- Put your outline into this new document (have both outline.ai and new document opened in Photoshop and drag and drop the outline into this new document with "move tool (v)").

- This should create a new layer. Name it outline, set blending to multiply and opacity to 60% - 70%.



Step 2 - The basic colour

- Create a new layer under the outline layer and name it orange.

- Choose a basic colour of your pumpkin (I chose R:255 G:120 B:0).

- Click on the brush tool, from the list of available brushes choose Rough round bristle, leave blend mode to normal for now, but change opacity to 50%. Fill the entire area of the pumpkin with only one stroke.




Now that's your basic colour on which you can add more colour, shades, lights and more details.

Step 3 - Casting shadows

And now we are going to create a basic round shape of the pumpkin.

- Set the mode of your brush to multiply and change opacity to 10% - 15% depending on how rough you want your painting look.

- Create many many brushstrokes. Just point, click, drag shortly and let off and do this in a really fast pace all over your pumpkin. Do more of them in the areas you want to have darker and less in the areas you want lighter.

In a few moments we should get something like this:



- As you can see, wee can use a little more shadows in the darker area. Choose a darker tone of orange colour (I chose R:187 G:88 B:1), set the opacity to 7% and continue coloring the pumpkin.



Step 4 - Casting reflections

We have a pretty good looking pumpkin now right? But not only the shades make our pumpkin look three-dimensional, it's also the light reflections.

- Make another layer above the orange layer and name it reflections.

- Change the brush colour to white, set mode back to normal and start casting the reflections with a lot of brushstrokes.

- If needed, you can use the large eraser brush with hardness set to "0" and soften the reflections.



Step 5 - Finishing, postprocessing...

So, the basics of painting in Photoshop are pretty much covered. You can get rid of the unwanted brushstrokes around the outline using Polygonal Lasso tool or whatever you prefer. Now you know everything you need to continue painting other shapes on your pumpkin.

If you cast shadows close to the reflections you can give your pumpkin even more three-dimensional look. Give it a nice matching colour background, play with it, experiment...

Ready pumpkin...



Since this is my first tutorial, I'd be more than happy for your feedback.

Happy Halloween!

Marko

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1. posted by plakotar13, Feb 12, 2010 4:08 AM

Great tutorial! Looking forward for more!!!


2. posted by arinas74, Oct 20, 2008 3:44 PM

Awesome tutorial. The technique is great and the results are very nice. It seems you're a great illustrator.

arinas74


3. posted by tabenwang, Oct 20, 2009 2:52 AM

really helpful.
Thanks for the tutorial


4. posted by asifthebes, Feb 2, 2009 10:58 AM

Amazing tutorial! basic & strong one. Thanks for the post!


5. posted by bharat12, Dec 20, 2011 3:05 AM

Sunshine Coast accommodation That the wonder full article it's pleasant to read that good article, keep that good job, nice site, keep it up, well write up.


6. posted by alakdan, Sep 8, 2009 2:09 AM

i'm quite new with digital art and this very helpful. i wish i could learn more...


7. posted by 17mag, Feb 1, 2010 12:04 AM

Hey this is really cool!! Thnx :)


8. posted by zicarioca, Oct 24, 2009 10:22 AM

wow. I love these tips!


9. posted by wilczynscy, Jan 7, 2012 12:55 PM

Very usefull :)


10. posted by lazifol, Jan 18, 2010 9:03 AM

kratko i jasno! :)


11. posted by pkhudik, May 8, 2010 12:09 AM

Thank U! Good lesson!


12. posted by aszxc, Jan 27, 2010 4:12 AM

Thanks for the tutorial


13. posted by sonukumar, Jun 17, 2010 5:01 AM

nice one... thanks


14. posted by kel-13, Dec 3, 2009 8:17 PM

wow,, it really helps,,


15. posted by kelvin52, Dec 13, 2010 9:00 PM

good .


16. posted by bjoerneman, Jun 8, 2010 6:38 AM

Great job on this tutorial, it's really in depth. I hope to use some of your techniques for a logo I'm designing for this site: http://www.billige-fagforeninger.dk


17. posted by derajybe, Feb 12, 2009 5:31 PM

Good job man.


18. posted by masban, Sep 13, 2009 11:57 PM

This is awsome


19. posted by Malver, Oct 20, 2008 3:59 PM

For a first tutorial, you're a genious! Thank you!


20. posted by terhijp, Oct 20, 2008 9:35 PM

Oh wow! It looks like something made with pen tablet and Painter. But with Photoshop? And with a mouse? You just blew my mind!


21. posted by the_pow, Oct 21, 2008 1:51 AM

really helpful.
Thanks for the tutorial


22. posted by zidan, Oct 21, 2008 1:29 PM

thanks


23. posted by grantvisag, Oct 22, 2008 10:24 AM

good work man, very helpful. please do more.


24. posted by halostar, Oct 22, 2008 11:32 AM

very good


25. posted by comLewis, Oct 22, 2008 7:27 PM

cool


26. posted by amikeme, Oct 22, 2008 11:53 PM

You´re very special!
Wonderfull!


27. posted by afendi, Oct 23, 2008 12:24 AM

very nice


28. posted by josephc, Oct 23, 2008 5:07 AM

looks good!


29. posted by mkrefft, Oct 23, 2008 11:51 PM

nice pumpkin :)


30. posted by DWdsignz, Oct 25, 2008 5:07 AM

This is amazing!


31. posted by scol22, Oct 25, 2008 7:52 PM

Wow, great tutorial!!!
And the result is wonderful...
I will have to try that, thank you!


32. posted by longbows, Oct 29, 2008 1:13 AM

Good stuff!

Thank you for sharing it!


33. posted by Danielk, Oct 29, 2008 12:47 PM

Excellent post!!
I tried myself, worked great!!


34. posted by gumby2, Oct 30, 2008 11:13 AM

very cool nice work


35. posted by Layandean, Oct 30, 2008 3:46 PM

Yeah, Marco is The Man :)


36. posted by tumadrepel, Nov 2, 2008 11:59 AM

wow! that's cool!! I've just got in PS creative world and I'm amazed!!! Really Cool!! Thx!


37. posted by ymaimoon, Nov 2, 2008 6:56 PM

this is awesome!!!!


38. posted by carlosauze, Nov 2, 2008 7:31 PM

thx it helped me a lot:D


39. posted by Heinlein, Nov 4, 2008 2:45 PM

Thank you for sharing


40. posted by remigro, Nov 4, 2008 6:41 PM

???????!


41. posted by nookiez, Nov 5, 2008 1:50 AM

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.


42. posted by bibi_ve, Nov 5, 2008 7:11 AM

very good


43. posted by acelio, May 22, 2009 8:25 PM

Love it. And the description is so simple. thanks!


44. posted by saadbadr, Nov 6, 2008 7:56 PM

wow!
wow!
wow!


45. posted by nelso47, Nov 7, 2008 7:51 AM

so useful! I actually followed your instructions to color in another outline, and it worked wonderfully! thank you!


46. posted by introcreat, Nov 8, 2008 1:12 AM

EXCELLENT


47. posted by patty_s, Nov 9, 2008 10:27 AM

Very very good


48. posted by -Tiffany-, Nov 13, 2008 6:39 PM

So cool!!! Great explanation too! :)


49. posted by howto, Nov 14, 2008 2:53 AM

I am new to this thing and hope it is not silly to ask this - but is the new layer after moving the outline still transparent? I followed the steps and the color is not showing up. Please clarify


50. posted by mtusan, Nov 15, 2008 10:57 AM

To: howto
It should be transparent if you are using my outline.ai file. If you have created an outline of your own in Photoshop, then I can't say if it's transparent. Try to make your outline layer invisible by clicking the eye icon in the layers window and see whether the color shows up or not.


51. posted by nickdevil, Nov 16, 2008 7:11 AM

nice work dude
i liked it


52. posted by shrekcath, Nov 16, 2008 8:07 AM

very good ,thank you ,cool


53. posted by lukeando, Nov 17, 2008 1:49 AM

great work.


54. posted by sawy3r, Nov 19, 2008 12:57 AM

very nice explanation! great for newbies


55. posted by MoOoDy, Nov 20, 2008 9:02 AM

wow wow wow :)


56. posted by mejmankani, Nov 25, 2008 7:38 AM

wow!


57. posted by gladatony, Nov 26, 2008 1:10 PM

Thanks friend!
Your tuturial is great. I've used Photoshop to color my paintings a lot of times, but I still had things to learn by your tuturial.


58. posted by howto, Nov 27, 2008 4:10 AM

Thanks! Got it, and used it too:)

I require help with another thing. I made a logo using photoshop, but when I add it to other photographs, the white background on which the logo was made comes on too. Is there a way to make the logo on a transparent layer, so that when I paste it a photograph, I am able to see the logo without distorting the photograph? Thanks!


59. posted by 185897, Nov 28, 2008 3:37 PM

muy bueno,
chido,



60. posted by al1ank06, Nov 29, 2008 11:53 AM

Thank's marko it's delicious
Gözel gabak bide ben yapam


61. posted by wishingbox, Dec 4, 2008 8:42 AM

Wow very nice. Will definitely try this out.


62. posted by spot-h, Dec 4, 2008 6:33 PM

thank's...... Wow


63. posted by jstscream, Dec 7, 2008 1:12 PM

wonderful tutorial,thanks !


64. posted by xposures, Dec 8, 2008 4:19 AM

Clear, Simple and Excellent tutorial, mtusan...Thanks


65. posted by venusomu, Dec 8, 2008 11:46 PM

Thats, great..............

No words for u.... :)


66. posted by zaky2007, Dec 10, 2008 7:58 PM

very cool


67. posted by Hijaru, Dec 15, 2008 12:38 AM

I tried it and it looked awesome!
Cheers!


68. posted by sidinog, Dec 17, 2008 8:01 AM

ti le re paidi mou.....



69. posted by Tito555, Dec 19, 2008 9:58 AM

????, ?????!!!
??????? ?????????!!!???????!
??? ???????!


70. posted by xstd98, Dec 19, 2008 12:26 PM

It looks great! Very good tutorial!


71. posted by angie1107, Dec 19, 2008 10:36 PM

woooooooooooooow!!! soooo cute!!!


72. posted by annaink, Dec 22, 2008 4:14 AM

Great! Inspiring to try more detailed work after seeing how easy it is to create this :) Thanks!


73. posted by drupadi, Dec 24, 2008 4:47 AM

It's cool. Pratically tutorial and great work.. I have to try at home at this holiday. Marco, would you post the other tutorial?
thanks and happy holiday


74. posted by ders, Dec 24, 2008 11:54 AM

thanks!


75. posted by shozib, Dec 27, 2008 4:26 AM

thx u dear........ i really liked it... thx u so much... i will try thts for sure... :o)


76. posted by Ancientart, Jan 7, 2009 9:07 PM

Great tutorial! Love the outcome


77. posted by betodvs, Jan 9, 2009 2:38 PM

like that, good tutorial...


78. posted by brokovoeto, Jan 9, 2009 4:51 PM

Marko:

I enjoyed going through your tutorial; I'll be looking forward to stuff of this kind.I am just 83 years old but love to play with the computer.
keep up the ood work! Eddy


79. posted by kingterros, Jan 16, 2009 9:58 AM

so pro.


80. posted by kush-soul, Jan 17, 2009 7:21 AM

thank you for such a nice tutorial


81. posted by miro-miro, Jan 17, 2009 1:30 PM

i did it...

but i used 'color it' cdr picture
with cats and i liked it

u know i feel myself like i'm
again in kindergarten !!!

pretty simple, but great result

thanx bud, a lot thanx to u


miro


82. posted by najuj, Jan 17, 2009 11:08 PM

wow thx alot !


83. posted by mpetrov, Jan 19, 2009 11:53 AM

Wow ! In school i've tried a lot of times to draw with pencils but looking at this tutoria a think Photoshop is better than the old pencils. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.


84. posted by tuxedo86, Jan 20, 2009 4:45 PM

thanks


85. posted by book666, Jan 27, 2009 9:50 AM

Thank you for the tutorial. Its amazing!


86. posted by Tebetq, Jan 27, 2009 6:17 PM

Awesome outcome, altough i'd maybe have coloured the contours with a slightly darker orange and green rather than just using black :P. But that's very nice just like that, and the tutorial is very well explained. :)


87. posted by hakantery, Feb 7, 2009 5:32 PM

thank you very much for this tutorial. it makes me think ps is helpfull for creative people.


88. posted by dobermandi, Feb 19, 2009 11:06 AM

veryveryvery good!! :)


89. posted by carolgodoy, Feb 19, 2009 7:37 PM

That' really good...useful...
thank you.....
xxxxx


90. posted by carolgodoy, Feb 19, 2009 7:38 PM

That' really good...useful...
thank you.....
xxxxx


91. posted by vrajesh, Feb 20, 2009 12:31 PM

Awesome!


92. posted by Patricia16, Jan 28, 2011 4:09 AM

Great tutorial, I've tried it my self, and it works very smooth, I'm looking forward to see some more work from you! Thanks for the tips!


93. posted by Gantonio, Mar 2, 2009 8:01 PM

Very helpful....thanx a lot


94. posted by AbsPerfekt, Mar 4, 2009 8:35 AM

Just perfekt !!! Thanks


95. posted by Hellz_Bell, Mar 5, 2009 11:21 PM

http://darlaslilgirl.deviantart.com/art/Pumpkin-wa- llpaper-114975302


96. posted by comblue, Mar 7, 2009 2:05 PM

I have been aiming to learn how to paint using Photoshop but failed several times on brushstrokes.

Are there any alternatives to Adobe Illustrator?

Thanks,


http://www.clickbanknet.com


97. posted by eblizzard, Mar 9, 2009 7:06 PM

Thank you so much!


98. posted by azzorri, Mar 10, 2009 12:49 PM

Thank you so much


99. posted by rami777, Mar 11, 2009 1:37 PM

thank you


100. posted by devdinesh, Jun 25, 2012 5:47 AM

verrrrry useful tips


101. posted by bkurala, Mar 15, 2009 3:59 AM

Super and simple tutorial .. thanku very much .. please add some more if possible .. they are great for beginners ..

Thanks once again for your effort and interest. Keep it Up.


102. posted by derajybe, Mar 19, 2009 4:09 PM

Hey thanks. I used it for a project in my digital design class.


103. posted by idalaa, Apr 2, 2009 10:33 PM

thanx marko.


104. posted by asales0702, Apr 3, 2009 4:05 PM

AMAZING!


105. posted by PPAOG, Apr 5, 2009 5:22 PM

Hey! Thanks! I just started painting in photoshop, and this helped!


106. posted by Aliooo, Apr 25, 2009 9:29 PM

Nice and easy


107. posted by rosettavaz, May 16, 2009 9:05 PM

Very very beautiful results! great job!


108. posted by sunitmhatr, Apr 28, 2009 2:44 PM

very nice
i Just loved it thanx for such a nice tutorial


109. posted by apple86512, May 11, 2009 5:13 AM

Very good!!


110. posted by galihpapla, May 14, 2009 11:30 AM

thank you..


111. posted by weirdvis, May 23, 2009 9:21 AM

Excellent blog!


112. posted by vmv-084, May 25, 2009 11:23 PM

Very nice! Thank you!


113. posted by rafiqul, Dec 14, 2009 3:40 AM

Really good.. need more post


114. posted by msea_net, May 26, 2009 5:21 AM

Very nice! Thank you!


115. posted by prekesh, May 30, 2009 8:01 PM

I've been using this technique to create small detail in work that i do, but never to actually paint a whole picture haha, thank you :)


116. posted by superemir, Jun 8, 2009 9:57 PM

very very nice bravo
it is better than usig dodge and burn tool...


117. posted by kareem1983, Jun 9, 2009 10:36 AM

wwow nice method..


118. posted by autistic1r, Jun 11, 2009 10:26 PM

Learned so much!! Brilliant!! thank you!!


119. posted by taraajesh, Jun 16, 2009 2:36 PM

ojjo


120. posted by nrenicker, Nov 12, 2009 7:24 PM

beautiful.


121. posted by raheel99, Nov 23, 2009 9:42 AM

WOW! WOW! WOW!. amazing, wonderful, beautiful, helpful, . You great tutorial solve my problem to achieve tablet style result with just mouse. Thank you very much for sharing and amazing tutorial. Hope to see more stuff from your side. Congrats!


122. posted by Midstock, Mar 22, 2010 12:20 PM

Well Done it look's good, I use photoshop it is a good programe you can do a lot with it.Thanks for the tutorial. Mid.


123. posted by harmonysal, Jun 21, 2009 4:19 PM

HI, I am new to this forum (and to photoshop - I have the condensed "Elements" version). I was hoping to find some good pictures in here but never dreamed of finding tutorials like yours - what a bonus! You are not only very talented but you are also a kind soul for sharing your talent and teaching others. Thank you for taking the time to submit this. You contribution has increased the value of this site for many (including me :).


124. posted by DC8907, Jun 24, 2009 2:40 AM

Great!!! ***** I love pumpkins! =)


125. posted by 1Lorie, Oct 16, 2009 10:30 AM

This is useful. Did you draw the sketch? --This link shows my logo that I used Paint.net which is a freeby.
http://www.sun-wind4energy.com The Photo is from SXC. Read my profile then do what you will. I don`t understand?? http://www.getpaint.net/download.html


126. posted by aduncan09, Oct 6, 2009 8:27 AM

Great job! I love the tutorial. I look forward to more of them from you.


127. posted by jorgewaffo, Jun 29, 2009 10:34 AM

great tutorial.. nice final artwork... congratulations..


128. posted by lalita000, Jun 29, 2009 6:16 PM

thanks!


129. posted by iruhdam, Aug 18, 2009 12:08 PM

nice tutorial..!:)
shades are nicely explained!:)


130. posted by maxxmaia, Dec 2, 2010 6:44 AM

hello, good morning.
I wonder how best to exchange photos with someone


131. posted by guanokire, Jul 7, 2009 10:24 AM

cool man..keep up..good art work..


132. posted by snapshotuk, Dec 7, 2009 3:37 PM

Great stuff. Thanks very much!


133. posted by adaminbiri, Jul 22, 2009 11:54 AM

Excellent. But my English too low. Why done it, i don2t understand. :(


134. posted by escan, Aug 15, 2010 2:13 AM

great
thanks for share :)
[url='http://www.nicheoasis.com']aOasis[/url]


135. posted by deepaknath, Aug 8, 2009 8:35 PM

awesome! thanks for sharing it with us.
Let me try a tomato ;)


136. posted by malliinfo, Feb 14, 2010 10:04 AM

it is good but give more practical shapes.


137. posted by AZ90-, Feb 16, 2010 10:37 AM

Thanks, candles you must day in winter


138. posted by vigilo, May 3, 2010 1:27 PM

ˇGracias, gran técnica!


139. posted by Atlanta123, Aug 20, 2010 5:42 AM

This is awesome! Didnt know it could be done,,,,,thx!


140. posted by bellirina, Aug 21, 2010 11:34 AM

????? ?????! ???????? ??? ??????????...??????? ??????????))


141. posted by teploshop, Aug 26, 2010 4:24 PM

Wow, great tutorial!!!
And the result is wonderful...
I will have to try that, thank you!


142. posted by ca6ka, Dec 3, 2011 8:46 AM

thx


143. posted by redexl, Sep 16, 2010 3:22 AM

wonderfull way to learn how to work around with pictures and computers.
Great teacher you are


144. posted by jody0307, Oct 6, 2010 7:47 PM

You did great. This is your calling.


145. posted by seeyou810, Oct 25, 2010 12:53 AM

handsome,this is my first sign up!and first message!haha...


146. posted by novelist99, Nov 9, 2010 2:53 PM

Awesome! Thanks!


147. posted by komsun, Nov 18, 2010 6:20 AM

thank


148. posted by escan, Dec 28, 2010 11:32 AM

Thanks

http://www.cupcakecream.com/


149. posted by photogimp, Jan 22, 2011 9:54 PM

do you have corel painter? it's a real-painting application. I wish I had a bigger, newer wacom tablet



150. posted by photogimp, Jan 22, 2011 9:56 PM

"under" the outline layer? you mean LOWER on the layer dock??


151. posted by BlueEgg, Sep 1, 2011 10:41 AM

I have searched EVERYWHERE for such a easy beginner tutorial, it works great. Thank you so much!


152. posted by thaingtham, Mar 22, 2011 7:48 PM

Wow!



153. posted by olalyd, Jul 21, 2011 11:26 AM

This is unique.

www.awesomeconsultwebdesign.com


154. posted by Frefe2012, Jan 21, 2012 12:11 PM

I am delighted with his technique! congratulations!


155. posted by rabiei, Jan 30, 2012 6:37 AM

Good


156. posted by winnecome, Feb 2, 2012 6:10 AM

very very good


157. posted by hobbyzooro, Feb 10, 2012 1:17 PM

veri nice!


158. posted by Maha2012, Feb 26, 2012 2:25 AM

Thank you :)


159. posted by SatoChappy, Sep 9, 2012 8:09 PM

I never knew anyone can paint on the screen so so so good!


160. posted by vlancoin, Dec 16, 2012 9:17 AM

I was looking sevral time, for somme lesson as this: thank you for this tutorial


161. posted by Dareczek1, Nov 9, 2012 2:46 AM

I have a cool way to try it out


162. posted by Bricel, Oct 7, 2012 6:04 PM

very nice
I like the shadows and effects producing brushes in this drawing
Fantastic.
I´ll try


163. posted by troll9k1, Oct 10, 2012 8:27 AM

This tutorial was made by a homosexual. Otherwise it would be very good. Also, a basic understanding of English grammar would be nice.


164. posted by rolea99, Oct 16, 2012 12:12 AM

wow great!!


165. posted by yassercv, Oct 18, 2012 7:59 AM

Easy & Great!


166. posted by dinnap, Jan 15, 2013 3:31 AM

awsome job!


http://www.amed.no


167. posted by zenbuy, Feb 1, 2013 5:03 AM

To hard edges, for me... Tanks!


168. posted by dado2013, May 2, 2013 7:17 AM

Fantastic child's play!!! Great work. thank you


169. posted by renderiska, Jun 21, 2013 5:30 AM

Simply and powerfull!


170. posted by duanqiao, Jun 28, 2013 11:27 PM

wow great work !


171. posted by inizjall, Nov 6, 2013 3:10 AM

great nice

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