Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Graphic artist Erica Larson dreams up inspired designs every day as an associate creative director on the Adobe Studio team. In other words, she makes stuff that makes others want to make stuff.

This sample file has Adobe Stock images you can use to practice what you learn in this tutorial. If you want to use the sample file beyond this tutorial, you can purchase a license on Adobe Stock. Check out the ReadMe file in the folder for the terms that apply to your use of this sample file.

Larson worked with a photo that focused on a model’s face. She specifically looked for an image that showed dewiness or detail in the skin to achieve the results she wanted.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Paint your design

To design the art for the face paint, Larson chose the Brush (B) tool and set it to a soft round tip with increased Opacity. She set the layer blend mode to Multiply so the paint would “melt” into the skin. Then she brushed with different colors to paint a design over the model’s face.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Make it glitter

Larson imported brushes to add design elements to her art. For this composition, she painted with a spatter brush to add a glitter effect to the cheeks and bridge of the nose. If you’d like to use the same custom brush, click the Gear icon from the Brush properties dialog, select Import Brushes, and find the spatter_brushes.abr file in the practice files. When you import the brushes, they will appear under a category called spatter_brushes.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

The paint spread beyond the model’s face. To fix this, Larson applied a mask to the art layer, then brushed on the mask with black to hide areas of the art — eyes, hair, and finger — so the original image would show through. She used the [ ] keys to adjust the brush size as she worked.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Highlight for emphasis

Larson used the Curvature Pen tool and set the mode to Path and the Path operation to Exclude Overlapping Shapes to create a custom path around one of the eyes. She clicked to add points for a curved path and double-clicked to create corners. She closed the path by clicking on the original point.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Create a cutout

With the path defined, Larson right-clicked, chose Make Selection, and set Feather Radius to 4. She made sure the mask thumbnail was still selected on the Paint layer then painted with a black brush inside the selection leaving the right side soft for a smoother blend.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Perfect the style

Larson wanted the digital paint to look more realistic, as if it were painted directly on the model’s skin. To create this effect, she added a Blending Options layer style from the Layers panel.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Blend it better

She fine-tuned the effect by using Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS)+click on the Underlying Layer slider and dragged it to the left.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Paint your look

Take your digital makeup artist skills to a whole new level and create dazzling face paint designs with Photoshop brushes and colors.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushesPaint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Holidays like Halloween are the perfect time to get creative with Photoshop. Learn how to add realistic face paint mask to a portrait using Adjustment Layers, Channels, and a free custom Photoshop Brush!

The Face Paint Brush

We’ve created a Photoshop Brush that will make creating realistic paint strokes a breeze. You can get it using the download link above! To load the brush into Photoshop, click on the Window Menu and then select Brushes. Click on the Menu icon at the top right of the Brushes dialog and select Import Brushes. Navigate to the folder where you saved the download and select the file PHLEARN Facepaint.abr.

This brush is yours to keep and use forever! Follow along with the tutorial to see it in action and then try it on your own photos and effects.

Add Color with Hue/Saturation

For our face painting effect, we recommend starting with a base using light colors (Darker colors, like black, will require an extra step which we’ll cover next.)

The main tools we’ll be using are Hue/Saturation Adjustments Layers and the Brush Tool with our custom brush. Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer over top of the image and then adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness sliders until the skin matches the ‘paint’ color you want. And remember, you can change these settings at any time so don’t worry about getting the colors perfect right off the bat.

Once the color is close to what you want, Invert the Layer Mask of the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (making it completely invisible). Next, select the Brush Tool and load the custom face paint brush. Using the brush, paint with white on the Layer Mask of the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. This will make the color change visible only where you paint!

Continue this process by creating new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers for each new color that you want to use. And for an even more realistic effect, use Blend If to make the color effect less visible in the shadows of the image!

Add Highlights to Dark Colors

So what if you want to paint with a dark color like black? In order to get a realistic look, we’ll need to capture the original highlights from the image to place on top of any areas that we paint with a dark color.

To do this, go to the Channels tab. Look at each Channel and choose the one with the most contrast between light and dark. Duplicate the Channel and then use a Levels Adjustment to increase the contrast even further. Click the dotted circle icon at the bottom of the Channels Panel to turn this new Channel into a selection (the lighter areas of the Channel will get selected).

Back in the Layers Panel, create a new Layer and load this selection into the Layer Mask. Then grab the Brush Tool, with a soft round brush and a low Flow, and paint with white over any areas of the image where you added dark colored paint effects. This will recreate the natural highlights from the image over top of the ‘paint’ for a much more detailed and realistic effect.

That’s all! Now try it out on your own photos and make your own cute (or spooky) Halloween effects!

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

If you want to create awesome paintings in Photoshop, you are going to need a great set of brushes and the know-how to use them. Join one of the entertainment Industry’s leading experts, as Lee Kohse shows you how to create high quality brushes in Photoshop. Lee will also show you the settings that you need to make them work the best way. Then watch over Lee’s shoulder as he paints a real project. Watch and learn as Lee redesigns the iconic “Voltron” in a Steampunk style. Starting with a shaded sketch, you will learn the secrets to painting with custom brushes to create natural and realistic texture and detail without that overly CG look. Lee includes over 100 custom brushes for your immediate use on this DVD.

This fast loading DVD ROM contains 3 hours of sharp video. The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the lessons with complete control over the playback. All the lesson files are included, so you can follow along at your own pace!

This is your chance to sit down with one of the industry’s leading experts and discover the secrets and digital workflow for the pros.

This is your chance to sit down with one of the industry’s leading experts and discover the secrets and digital workflow for the pros.

Brush Creation

Learn how to make a brush

Cloud Brush

Create a brush that is used to create clouds and steam

Saving Brushes

How to save your brushes

Voltron Setup

Getting started with Voltron. Seting up the sketch and blocking out

Voltron Block out Details

Blocking out the basic details

Voltron Cleanup

Cleaning up the basic block out

Voltron File Texture

Using images to make brushes and textures

Voltron Basic Details

Paint in the basic details, start to add depth

Voltron Lowlights

Lowlights add depth and are less “in your face” than highlights

Voltron Sword

Adding the depth, detail and basic glow to the sword

Voltron Highlights

Adding the highlights to make metal look more shiny and adding detail

Voltron Enviroment

Painting the enviroment to create a setting

Along with the brushes already included, you can create custom brushes using three methods. Simple shapes are created using the button labelled Create a new brush at the bottom of the brush selection dialog or right click and select New Brush. Complex black and white brushes can be created by saving a grayscale image as using the .gbr file extension. The content of such a brush is treated line an alpha-channel. This means that any pixel that is pure white is treated as transparent. However, in this tutorial we will be creating brushes that use pictures with colour and this brush will also have multiple images.

Step 1¶

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Create a new image the size of the brush you will be creating. For our example, we will be creating a 64×64 image. Create it with a transparent background.

Step 2¶

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Go to the Layers dialog and create additional layers with the fill type Transparent (if necessary, delete or clear the background layer if you forgot to make it transparent when creating the image). Give them any name you want. We will be just naming them Layer1, Layer2, and Layer3. The layer name really don’t matter in this case.

Step 3¶

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Draw the images you want in the layers that were already created. In our case we will be drawing a picture of a happy face in 3 colours (red, green and yellow). At the end your layers should look something like this (see image above). You can save a copy of your image in .xcf format now, in case you want to edit it later.

Step 4¶

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

The last step is to export your brush as a GIMP picture brush. The extension of this kind of brush is . GIH . So right click on the image, then choose

IF you want the GIMP to be able to use your new brush, you have to save it in the “brushes” folder inside your personal GIMP folder (for Linux and other UNIX systems, this is usually in “

/.gimp-2.10/brushes/”). So select that folder and type in a name for the brush. For our example, the brush was named happy.gih The Export Image as Brush Pipe dialog will ask you how you want to export the image. Since we have 3 layers make sure to put 3 in the Ranks edit box. You can also choose how you want the images to appear as you move the mouse aruond. In most cases Random will do fine.

NOTE : The Spacing (Percent) means how much space is left before the next image is drawn. If the value is lower, then the image will be drawn more frequently. You can also adjust this value in the Brush dialog.


Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To see our brush, go to the Brushes dialog and hit the Refresh button. Our happy image should appear in the dialog. If it doesn’t, make sure you have saved the brush in the GIMP “brushes” folder and that it has an extension of . GIH . You will note that our little picture on the right has a little red triangle in the bottom right corner. This tells us that the brush contains multiple pictures. You can click on the brush image and hold the mouse button to see a preview of the brush. The brush animation will show you that it contains the three images. Let’s test our brush. Select our brush from the brush dialog, create a simple image and start drawing.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Photoshop comes with a remarkable variety of custom brush shapes. Whether you’re painting, erasing or using just about any tool that incorporates a brush, you can change the characteristics of that brush to make it more effective. Better still, plenty of designers and photographers have created unique custom brushes that can be purchased or even downloaded for free. These brushes provide a world of editing options that round brushes—no matter how hard or soft you can make them—simply can’t compete with.

But did you know there’s another option for custom brushes in Photoshop? You can actually make your own and, believe it or not, the process is super simple. Here’s how it works.

Start with a photograph of any object that you’d like to turn into a brush. I’ve most often used this technique with organic shapes such as clouds, leaves and foliage, but there’s no reason you can’t make a brush out of any object at all. (Clouds are especially practical because with a single click of a single color at a fairly low opacity, a photographer can add interest to a blank blue sky. When it comes to foliage, leaf-shaped brushes are a great way to fill in voids in a tree line or otherwise attractive greenery.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

For the brush samples shown here, I started with a snapshot of a sky with clouds, as well as a close-up photograph of a leaf. It helps in each case for the subject and background to have strong contrast—either light on dark, as with the clouds, or dark on light like the leaf. In either case, the brush itself will need to be dark on a light background, so invert the image if needed (Ctrl+I). Then convert the image to grayscale by typing Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate or switching to grayscale in the Image>Mode menu.

Next, use the freehand lasso tool to draw a selection around the object you’d like to turn into a brush. It doesn’t have to be accurate; just make sure the entirety of the object is selected. Copy and paste that object into a new document. (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+N and Ctrl+V will accomplish this.) Alternatively, you can simply crop down the original image so that the object to be turned into a brush all but fills the frame.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

In either case, the next step is to use Curves or Levels or Brightness/Contrast controls to make the image appear high contrast. You don’t have to eliminate the middle gray tones, but you want a clear and distinct dark object against a white background. Editing away any extraneous elements you don’t want included in the brush (such as stems from leaves or wispy portions of the cloud) will help make the brush clearer and more distinctive. If necessary, erase any extraneous elements that appear on the white background, such as shadows or dust spots.

Be careful here to apply all of these edits to the actual pixels on the layer. Don’t use adjustment layers or layer masks to make these edits because in the end we need actual pixels to form the brush. (If you’d prefer to work with masks or adjustment layers, that’s fine as long as you finish by rendering to incorporate the edits to a new layer. (CMD+Option+Shift+E will accomplish this on a new layer without merging those below.)

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Next is to resize the image to correspond to the size you’d like the brush to be. It’s almost always preferable to have a larger brush that can be resized down, so I would suggest a brush at least 500 pixels on the long side, and preferably upwards of 1,000, but no larger than 2,500 pixels. To change the image size, choose Image Size from the Image menu and enter new dimensions, ensuring the actual area resolution (the pixel dimensions) will change by checking the Resample box.

Lastly, with the image ready to be converted into a brush, simply choose Define Brush Preset from Photoshop’s Edit menu. When you click it, a popup window will appear showing a preview of the brush shape as well as its size, with a blank space in which you can enter a new name for the brush. By default, Photoshop will suggest something like Sampled Brush 1, but you should rename it in a way that will make sense when you’re looking for it later—something like “Leaf: Maple 1” or “Cloud: Cumulus 7.”

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To deploy this custom brush, choose the tool you’d like to use (such as the paint brush) and it will be the active brush by default. But when you want to use it at a later date, simply search for it by choosing the appropriate tool (paint brush, clone stamp, etc.) and then right-clicking in the image area to bring up a palette of brush options, then scroll through the brush presets until you find it. Alternatively, click on the Brushes heading of the Window menu to open a palette of brushes and brush settings in order to find and use your brand-new custom brush.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

When it comes to emulating analog art mediums, there’s rarely a better option than Photoshop brushes. Brush sets are essentially collections of high resolution scans of real life brush strokes, which are then converted to brush tools that a user can install in Photoshop and utilize in a similar fashion to stamping.

The following images are custom samples I’ve created from eight hand-picked, free Photoshop brushes you can download! Enjoy.

1. Acrylic Photoshop brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

A good starting point is to install a simple acrylic paint brush set. This set does a nice job of capturing the wispy qualities of dry brushing with acrylic paint.

Use this on business cards for companies with down-to-earth sensibility, in website backgrounds with a hand-made vibe—or use your imagination to think of any number of creative uses!

2. Colored pencil brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Colored pencils are notorious for bringing light hearted joy and mind melting color blending. This free Photoshop brush set is great for child-oriented designs, happy flyer or poster backgrounds and any other fun, youthful designs.

3. Pencil brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Graphite is an art medium with inherent roughness and texture. These Photoshop brushes have the ability to give a design a harder edge or sophistication. It makes me think of new-age sushi restaurants or suit tailoring. Use your imagination to find an appropriate context to bust out this brush set!

4. Charcoal brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Similar to the pencil brush set, this charcoal brush set offers a slightly wider range of texture, which can be helpful in molding these black-and-white edgy brushes to a variety of different style sensibilities. Think business card backgrounds, landing pages, brochures or even flyers.

5. Splatter watercolor brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Perhaps on the slightly less realistic side of the spectrum is the splatter watercolor brush set. This one is definitely “in-your-face,” yet retains a positive and energetic vibe. Think extreme sports, arts and craft sale or music festival.

6. Watercolor Photoshop brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Settling into the realistic and gentle side of watercolor is this Photoshop brush set. It contains great fidelity and articulation in the water pooling surrounding the edges of these brush strokes.

It definitely captures what we all know as watercolor painting, and therefore would work perfect in according design contexts—Easter, baby showers, pastel colors, spring, peace and tranquility.

7. Spray paint brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

No set of free Photoshop brushes would be complete without the classic drip spray paint. This particular set does a nice job of capturing some of the “fuzz” surrounding the outside of a given spot. This brush set would come in handy for “street” oriented contests, extreme sports or even dance-related designs.

8. Drip spray paint brushes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Finally we end with an extra drippy spray paint Photoshop brush set. While this set definitely delivers strong with the drips, it also comes with it’s own unique style of “debris” surrounding each spot.

Again, consider this for sports related contests, street art or even utilize it creatively for splatter style background textures.


Photoshop brushes are an easy, diverse way to unleash your inner artist and take your designs to a new stylistic level. And who can say no to the price tag? Free!

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

With Photoshop, a graphic design program from Adobe Systems, you can create your own digital artwork for your small business or edit existing images. Photoshop supports “shading,” a process in which a darker color is placed on top of an existing image to create a shadow effect. With the Layers feature in Photoshop, you can shade a picture using the Brush tool. Depending on your brush setting and the type of shading your image requires, you can create soft, blurry shadows or defined hard shadows.

Launch Photoshop and open the image you want to edit.

Click the “Window” menu and select “Layers” to view the Layers panel.

Click the “New Layer” button (the icon with two overlapping squares) in the Layers panel to create a floating layer.

Select “Multiply” from the Layer drop-down menu. This setting lets you paint over the original image with a darker color while allowing the original image to show through, creating the shading effect.

Choose a shading color from the color picker. This can be any color, depending on how dark you want to make your shadows. A medium gray is good for normal shadows, while a color closer to black creates a very dark shadow.

Select a brush style from the Brush drop-down menu. Brushes with a softer edge will create soft shadows, while a harder brush will create sharp shading. You can also adjust the brush opacity level to achieve very faint and soft shading.

Paint on the floating layer until you achieve the desired shaded area. You can change your brush settings and paint color at any time.

Click the “Layer” menu and select “Merge Layers” to combine the shadow layer with the original image, and then save the changes to your picture.

If you don’t already know about the mixer brush tool in photoshop, you are missing out on a hidden gem! When used in combination with frequency separation, the mixer brush is a powerful skin retouching tool that allows you to blend colour and tones in your image in a technique similar to working with wet paint on a canvas

For those photographers who love to create painterly style portraits, learning how to use the mixer brush effectively will help you transform elements of your portrait.

As with most tools in photoshop, you can apply this technique subtly or you can go for a full on painting effect, it depends on your artistic vision and what you want to ultimately achieve

Where do you find the mixer brush tool?

To access the mixer brush tool from your tool palette, click on the brush tool and hold the control key to expand the fly-out menu as shown below

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

What settings to choose?

Think of the mixer brush tool as if it where an actual paint brush, this will help you to understand the different settings and which to apply. First select a large soft brush, , then click on the drop down and select clean brush (image below) This effectively means that each time you brush a new stroke, your brush is ‘cleaned’ before applying the next stroke. I like to think of it like rinsing my paint brush in clean water before choosing another colour. With skin tones, even in a well lit image, there will be colour differences. For example in areas of highlight and shadow, darker tones underneath the eyes etc… So it’s important to clean your brush so that your not mixing different colour tones.

Adobe has provided a number of presets that vary in wetness, load, mix and flow. I tend to prefer to custom set these values but if i was choosing a preset my most used one is wet, light mix. Have a go at them all so that you can see the difference. As with learning any new technique in photoshop, it can take some time and practice to get it right! But once you do, you will love it!

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To fully understand how the mixer brush works, let’s have a closer look at the each setting.

Wet controls the amount of paint that is picked up during each stroke of the brush. The lower this value, the less paint you are moving around. I tend to work at a lower value of <10%

Load controls how much paint the brush holds with each stroke. So imagine you are working with light water colour based paint when you set this value lower. Higher values could therefor be similar to loading your brush with a heavier oil paint. Just like with a normal paintbrush, the load runs out of paint as you paint with it.

Mix controls the ratio of the wet/load mix. But since i have set my brush to clean after each stroke, this value doesn’t really matter in this instance.

Flow works just the same here as with any brush. The value of flow controls the intensity of the brush. A lower flow value will apply the effect slower and more gradual than a higher flow value

Sample all layers when working with frequency separation, I am working on copy layers so i turn this option OFF so that the changes i am making only apply to that layer

Frequency Separation

Frequency separation is a powerful skin editing technique that can smooth skin, minimise blemishes, reduce under eye circles and blend skin tones, without losing skin texture. And the mixer brush tool works so well with this technique!

But how does FS work?

In any image there are low frequencies and high frequencies. The low frequencies are skin tones and colours, while high frequencies are textures. The purpose then of frequency separation is to separate the high from the low so that you can work on each element individually. To smooth skin and even out colour and skin tones you can work on the low frequency layer without making any changes to the texture (high frequency) on the skin.

For the image below, my first step was to make small adjustments to my highlights and shadows in ACR. Then opening the image in Photoshop i used the healing brush tool to remove obvious blemishes and the patch tool to reduce under eye circles and areas of redness. Only when you have made these adjustments, should you begin with frequency separation.

When you begin, select the low frequency colour layer and apply the brush settings as shown above. Use a small brush and start to blend, being careful to move in the direction of the skin texture. Zoom in to see the direction of the area you are about to work on. I find using small circular brush strokes works best for me. This method can be a little time consuming, even more so when you are learning, but once you get the hang of it, the results are so worth it!

With Photoshop, you can transform your photos with a whole host of artistic photo effects. In fact, you can even use Photoshop to create cartoon images from your pictures. Do you want to make a cartoon out of your photo? Cartoon effects can come in handy for special events and projects. And cartoon portraits can actually make great social media profile pictures to help you build your personal brand!

In this article, we will show you how to cartoon yourself in Photoshop. But first, make sure you have Photoshop downloaded on your device.

Once you’ve downloaded Photoshop, you’re ready to go! Let’s look at a couple of things before we begin the tutorial, including:

  • Types of Cartoon Effects in Photoshop
  • Easiest Ways to Cartoon Yourself in Photoshop
  • Steps to Cartooning Yourself in Photoshop
  • Best Tutorials for Cartooning Yourself in Photoshop

Types of Cartoon Effects in Photoshop

In Photoshop, there’s rarely only one way to achieve a particular effect. Cartoon effects are no different! The first step to understanding which of Photoshop’s tools to use for a cartoon effect is knowing what style you’d like your cartoon portrait to have.

Although we’ll be focusing on turning portrait images into cartoons in this tutorial, know that Photoshop’s cartoon effect approaches work on other kinds of pictures, too. For example, you can use the same editing techniques to cartoon a picture of a landscape that you can for a portrait.

But, what kinds of cartoon effects can you achieve in Photoshop? Given Photoshop’s extensive selection of tools, you can create both realistic and simplistic cartoon renderings of your portrait images.

Easiest Ways to Cartoon Yourself in Photoshop

To create less detailed cartoon drawings of your portraits, you’ll want to use Photoshop’s Brush Tool, Layer Masks and a graphic tablet with a pen that gives you more control over tracing your image. In this approach, you can use the tablet’s pen and Photoshop’s brushes to trace over your image. Of course, you’ll want to use your brush on a new layer, or in a Layer Mask, so that you do not alter the original image.

This approach is easy enough to do if you have the proper equipment, namely a graphic tablet. If you don’t, you can attempt to complete this effect by hand using a mouse or trackpad. But, as you may guess, keeping a steady hand for tracing is much more difficult without a stylus pen.

You could also try to cartoon photos in Photoshop using the program’s Pen Tool. With the Pen Tool, you can create paths outlining the figure and its essential features, and then use those paths to make blocks of color. This approach, like the approach using the Brush Tool, allows you to be as detailed or as sparse as you’d like.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Several of our Photoshop Action collections come with skin brushes that will beautifully smooth and soften your subject’s skin, and do so quickly and easily!

These collections are:

In this video and in the written steps below, we will show you how SIMPLE it is to use the Photoshop brushes to reveal beautiful, creamy skin. You will also learn to adjust opacity and individual layers within your action for a custom and polished look!

Specifically, we will go over how to use the Oh So Soft Skin Brush from the Pure Color Workflow Collection. Let’s take a quick look here:

Smooth & Soften Skin in Photoshop – Video Tutorial

Here are the written steps for smoothing skin in Photoshop using the Oh So Soft Skin Brush:

Step 1. Start With a Clean Image

Before making any skin adjustments, its generally a good idea to fix exposure, the contrast, shadows and highlights first. In other words, make sure you have a nice, clean looking image before you start editing skin.

The Pure Color Workflow Actions are set up to guide you through this, which is another reason I love this collection!

Here is the before image that I will be using:

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Step 2. Run the Action

Once you have the Pure Color Workflow Collection installed, scroll down until you see our mini re-touch set. Then select the Oh So Soft Skin action and press play.

Step 3. Select the Brush Tool

When you run this action, the prompt will say “paint with a soft white brush to reveal smooth, creamy skin”. Press continue. You will want to make sure your brush is selected. If it isn’t already, type “B” to select it.

White should be the default foreground color. If its not, bring white to the top. Tip: when working with layer masks, keep in mind that black conceals and white reveals.

Make sure your brush opacity is set to 100%. I like to keep my flow around 85% and the layer mask should also be selected by default (that’s the little black triangle right here next to your action folder).

Step 4. Brush on the Smoothing Effect

Now that you have the brush selected, you can start smoothing by brushing on your subject’s skin. Tip: you can make the brush larger and smaller with the left and right bracket keys – it is normal to make your brush larger and smaller quite a bit throughout this process.

You will want to brush over the majority of the skin, especially areas with wrinkles, around the eyes, eyelids and forehead.

  • Keep in mind that its very important when smoothing your client’s skin, you don’t want to brush over and blur specific details of the face like the ears, eyebrows, lash line, eyelashes and lips. I generally zoom in and carefully paint around them.
  • For the nose area, you should avoid painting the ridge of the nose, but you can paint the sides, the tips of the nose and down the nostril. Just don’t brush over the the actual nose line, if that makes sense.
  • You also don’t want to paint over the jaw line or the chin because it will blur a line that is meant to be there

When smoothing skin on the rest of the body I usually like to bring my brush opacity down to about 50%. I find it looks more natural when the skin on the face has a little bit more smoothing effect than the rest of the body, but that’s my personal preference.

Step 5. Check Your Work

At some point it may get hard to tell exactly where you brushed on your image. If this happens, just press the backslash key to turn on and off a mask (shows as red on your image) which will make it easier to see where you have already brushed.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Step 6. Correcting Mistakes

If you make a mistake and brush over an area that you didn’t mean to, its very easy to fix!

To remove the smoothing effect from a particular area, just bring black to the foreground color (remember black conceals and white reveals). Make sure your brush is the appropriate size and the opacity is set to 100%. Then brush over the area you want to correct. Super simple!

Step 7. Adjust the Strength of the Action

This skin action is meant to subtly smooth and enhance your subject’s skin. It does not give an airbrush effect, which would be a much more DRASTIC change. If you want even MORE dramatic smoothing you can adjust the action to give that effect by bringing up the opacity to 100% from the current 70% that the action normally plays at.

This also works the other way around. If you want LESS of a smoothing effect, bring the overall action opacity down or you can open it and click on the layers and bring those down as well.

Here is the before and after and I’m really loving the change:

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

These actions are super simple to use and I hope this tutorial helps you with learning how to use and customize the Pretty Presets & Actions skin smoothing brushes!

Would You Like More Help Editing Portraits?

If you missed our previous portrait editing tutorials check them out now! They build on the basic but necessary and important things you need to know when editing portraits in Photoshop:

Do you have any questions or comments about How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop? Leave us a comment below – we would LOVE to hear from you! And PLEASE SHARE our tutorial using the social sharing buttons (we really appreciate it)!

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Amanda Glisson

I’m a momma of four who, like a lot of other moms, found my love of photography through photographing my own beautiful children. Since first picking up a camera over 9 years ago and having professionally photographed all sorts of subjects and venues, I have come to learn that I am most passionate in newborn and child photography and I am lucky enough to be able to specialize in this area!

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Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

The Art History Brushes are affected by Photoshop’s Brush controls. Any kind of image can be altered and enhanced with Art History brushwork. My favorite subjects for painting and image manipulation are the human face and figure.

Though not absolutely necessary, a graphics tablet is recommended for this project. =

Making a Face
Take an ordinary vacation snapshot and turn it into a painting. You’ll retain the original shapes and colors but re-create them with the Art History Brush. This section is a warm-up for more expressive effects later.

1. Open Ida_Cafe.tif from the files you just downloaded (see Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Begin with the close-up photo of Ida.

2. Sample a warm brown from the big umbrellas in the background. You can also type R 154, G 97, and B 80 in the Color Picker.

3. Fill the entire image with brown. The quickest way is with the keyboard shortcut of Alt+Backspace/Option+Delete.

4. Edit > Fade the fill to about 90%, just enough to be able to see the original image as a guide for your brush strokes.

5. Use the Replace Brushes command in the Brush Preset Picker flyout menu. Choose the accompanying file F_X Magic Brushes.abr from the files you just downloaded.

This library provides a manageable number of interesting brush tips.

TIP: I prefer to have a relatively small number of brush presets at my fingertips to avoid spending time scrolling in search of just the right one. If you need to customize settings while you work, use the New Brush command to give each new preset a unique name. Eventually, you will develop a Brushes library that suits the way you like to paint.

6. Choose the Art History Brush. Use the 63-pixel Watercolor Loaded Wet Flat Tip preset. On the Options Bar, accept the default Normal mode, 100% opacity, a 50-pixel area, and 100% tolerance. Set Style to Dab.

7. Scribble over the face and some of the surrounding areas.

Notice that all the brush strokes are at the same angle, regardless of the direction of your brush strokes. That seems a bit too mechanical. In addition, some areas seem resistant to paint. You’ll fix that in the next steps.

8. Reduce Tolerance to 0% and paint again. This time no portion of the image resists paint. The strokes also seem richer and thicker.

9. To create variation in the angle of the brush tip, open the Brushes palette and highlight the Shape Dynamics field. Choose Direction in the Control menu for Angle Jitter (see Figure 2). Repaint some of Ida’s face with the new brush setting.

You will need access to the Brushes palette frequently. Drag it away from the palette well to keep it open while you work.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Figure 2: Reduce Tolerance in the Options Bar and set Angle Jitter to Direction control.

10. Switch to the Scattered Leaves brush. There’s no need to change any settings in the Options strip. Paint over the background.

The translucent leaves that compose this brush tip are not intrusive or even apparent. The result is a soft focus background, ideal for this portrait.

Now eliminate the prickly strokes in the face that were caused by angle variation in the flat tip brush.

11. Switch to the Soft Wet 31 brush, and change Style from Dab to Tight Medium. Paint over Ida’s face and neck (see Figure 3).

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Figure 3: Use the Soft Wet brush with Tight Medium strokes to repaint the face.

12. Each time you brush over an area, the results are slightly different, even with the same settings. Continue working until you are satisfied with the effects.

13. The finished piece is still true to the original. Close this warm-up image. You can save it if you wish.

A free downloadable plug-in for custom brushes in Paint.NET

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Paint.NET is a free raster image editor for Windows that is more powerful than the default Microsoft Paint software, but it lacks some of the features found in Photoshop such as custom brushes. Fortunately, a plug-in makes it possible to create and use custom brushes in Paint.NET.

Instructions in this article apply to version 4.2 of the Paint.NET image editing software, not to be confused with the website of the same name.

How to Install the Paint.NET Custom Brushes Plug-In

Paint.NET doesn’t include built-in support for adding plug-ins, so you must install the plug-in package manually:

This pack contains multiple plug-ins that add new tools to Paint.NET including editable text.

Close Paint.NET and open the ZIP file you downloaded.

Copy the Effects and FileTypes folders inside the ZIP file.

Paste the folders you copied inside the Paint.NET folder in your Program Files.

The next time you launch Paint.NET, a new section called Tools will appear in the Effects menu where you’ll find the new features the plug-in added.

How to Create a Custom Brush in Paint.NET

The first step is to create a file or select an image file that you want to use as a brush. You can use most common image file types to create your own brushes including JPEGs, PNGs, GIFs, and Paint.NET PDN files.

If you plan to create your own brushes from scratch, set the image file at the maximum size that you will use the brush. Reducing the size of the brush is usually not a problem, but increasing the size of the brush later can reduce the quality. Also, consider the colors of your custom brush as they aren’t editable at the time of use unless you want the brush to apply just a single color.

How to Use a Custom Brush in Paint.NET

After installing the plug-in and choosing your custom brush, you’re ready to put it to use.

Go to Layers > Add a New Layer to set up a separate layer for the brushwork.

Go to Effects > Tools > CreateBrushesMini.

Select Add Brush at the top.

Select the image file that you wish to use as the basis of the brush.

All custom brushes you add will be displayed in the right-hand column of the custom brushes dialog box.

Set the Brush Size.

Select the Brush Mode:

  • Color applies the original image to the canvas.
  • Mask treats the brush like a stamp. You can set a color by clicking the box to the right, and the brush then applies a solid shape that matches the brush shape filled with the selected color.

If the brush doesn’t have a transparent background, the shape of the brush will be a rectangle or square, rather than the shape of the graphic. PNG, GIF, and PDN files offer support for transparent backgrounds.

Set the Speed. A lower speed will make the brush’s impressions more widely spaced. A higher setting, such as 100, can produce a dense effect that looks like the original shape has been extruded.

Click inside the box to apply your custom brush. You can build up dense areas of pattern or just apply individual “strokes.”

Select OK to apply the new brushwork to the image.

Your custom art will appear in it’s own layer, so you can move it around and adjust it without affecting other parts of the image.

Using Adobe Photoshop for digital illustration is one of the most common applications of this software, which allows artists, creatives and designers of all levels to build characters, scenarios and objects out of their imagination. The use of custom brushes can also give extra character to our drawings and illustrations.

In the following video tutorial, character designer Joel Santana (@themaddhattr) shares his favorite Adobe Photoshop brushes for digital painting. Santana uses them for creative tasks ranging from sketching to color application, and they give a good example of the wide variety of textures offered by Photoshop custom brushes. Find out below:

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

1. Loish’s Oil Pastel

“It gives you a really nice textured effect. Changing the flow and the pressure of your hand, you can get different effects: from hard strokes to very, very soft shapes”.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Loish’s Oil Pastel

2. Loish’s Hard Round

“This one has a softer edge, but it still will give you a lot of texture, and you can use it to build up nice forms. It gives you some interesting blending, too, even taking into consideration its soft edges”.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Loish’s Hard Round

3. Kyle’s Drawing Box Animator Pencil 2

“You get some nice variety and different lines, and it always feels very, very natural. I do love to draw on paper, but with this brush, once you get used to it, it really feels that something that you drew on paper. It’s great for blending, the lines feel very smooth and organic. “.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Kyle’s Drawing Box Animator Pencil 2

4. Kyle’s Drawing Box Perfect Pencil 2

“It’s a really nice brush if you’re trying to blend. It’s great for shading, looking like charcoal or graphite on a real paper. Together with the Animator Pencil, these are the ones I prefer when sketching”.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Kyle’s Drawing Box Perfect Pencil 2

5. Kyle’s Paintbox Gouache a Go Go

“With this one, it is easy to blend your different colours. The transitions are subtle and the colors blend really nicely”.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Kyle’s Paintbox Gouache a Go Go

6. Lynn Chen’s Soft Texture

“A nice texture that really feels like pastel painting, with a softer blend but just a very subtle texture edge to it”.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Lynn Chen’s Soft Texture

Did you enjoy this tutorial? If you want to learn how to breathe life into a character sketch through color and light with Adobe Photoshop, check out Joel Santana’s online course ‘Digital Painting for Characters: Color and Light’.

The versatile, award-winning drawing and illustration software Procreate Pocket for iPhone has been updated on the App Store with a bunch of new features, some of which used to be exclusive to the iPad edition of the app. The refreshed app also includes a totally new interface and the Valkyrie graphics engine that “moves as fast as you can sketch, paint or draw.”

The announcement from developer Savage says Procreate uses iOS 14’s technologies to implement Home screen widgets and let you paint your face in augmented reality, in real-time.

Featuring the dark interface from the iPad edition, Procreate Pocket now uses a card system which has freed up some valuable screen real estate for your canvas.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Other perks include importing Photoshop brushes, the Animation Assist feature from the iPad, using iPhone to capture colors around you, precise object alignment and much more.

How to get Procreate Pocket 4.0

This update is free to all current users of the app. As for new customers, they can download Procreate Pocket 4 for $5 from the App Store.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

For more information about Procreate, visit the official website at

Release notes for Procreate Pocket 4.0

  • Dark interface: The flagship Dark interface from iPad returns.
  • Valkyrie graphics engine: The new standard in performance comes to Procreate Pocket. The Valkyrie graphics engine moves as fast as you can sketch, paint or draw.
  • Brush Studio: Harness the power of the Procreate Brush System with the all new Brush Studio. Use over a hundred new settings to customize a brush or create your own from scratch.
  • Animation Assist: Procreate’s powerful, yet easy to use animation tool now makes its debut on iPhone. Create rich illustrative animations, looping GIFs and snappy animatics.
  • Color Harmony: Pick from Complementary, Split Complementary, Analogous, Triadic and Tetradic for beautiful color combinations every time
  • All-new filters: Get the perfect finish with all of Procreate’s stunning effects now on your iPhone including Glitch, Chromatic Aberration, Bloom, Halftone and Noise filters, along with Gradient Maps and an advanced Clone tool.
  • Reference companion: Always keep your composition in focus while you paint in the details. Import a reference image that will stay by your side; ready to provide inspiration and colors.
  • FacePaint: Use AR to paint straight onto your face with every Procreate Pocket feature available.
  • Palette capture and SwatchDrop: Capture the colors around you. Create custom Palettes full of vibrant swatches or import your Adobe ACO and ASE palettes. Drop swatches directly onto your canvas for faster fills.
  • New transform and snapping: New Transform brings total accuracy to Procreate Pocket. Use Snapping to precisely align objects to your canvas and layers. Now scale and stretch from any orientation with Bounding Box Adjust.
  • Selection color fill: Boost your workflow by automatically coloring selections. Add, remove or change colors instantly using any of the selection tools.
  • Combine brushes: Swipe two individual brushes and tap Combine to make a completely new and unique brush.
  • ABR import: You can import your favorite Adobe Photoshop brushes and they’ll also paint faster than they do in Photoshop.

There are also many little things worth mentioning:

  • New importable CMYK and RGB ICC profiles
  • Color dynamics
  • New private layer
  • Custom QuickMenu profiles
  • Redesigned copy and paste menu
  • Crop and resize snapping
  • Text numeric input
  • New font companion
  • Quick-launch widget on iOS 14
  • New brush rendering modes
  • New grain blend modes
  • HEVC Time-lapse with alpha
  • Animated Transforms
  • ABR brush import
  • New Text Selection appearance
  • Improved memory handling
  • Increased smudge sampling performance
  • New Blur brushes
  • New Brush author card
  • New create canvas system and canvas information
  • Improved GIF export and new GIF dithering options
  • Create reset points for brushes

According to Savage, your Pocket has never been this dark, this big or this powerful.

Procreate on iPad

Aside from the new CMYK and RGB ICC profiles for print, along with a 10-step Color History palette, Procreate 5 for iPad includes rich brush customization, an Animation Assist feature, the ability to import brushes from Photoshop and much more.

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Looking for a beard Photoshop tutorial that is going to help you create full, evenly distributed beard, without any patches? Using the vast capabilities of Photoshop, you can create the most detailed and natural facial hair. This task may seem too complicated for you, but the clear instructions in my tutorial will make the process of easy and simple.

How to Create Facial Hair in Photoshop Tutorial

These guidelines will help make your workflow easier and faster. The method I will tell you about is quite universal and is suitable for any type of facial hair: beards, mustaches, stubble.

But you need to decide on what type of hair you want to get in the end from the very beginning. This will dictate the settings. Only after that start this tutorial.

Step 1. Create an Empty Layer

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Press Shift-Cmd-N/Shift+Ctrl+N or click the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. As a result, a new layer will appear above the background one.

Step 2. Select the Brush Tool

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To get the most realistic effect, we’ll have to create a Custom Brush and paint a single hair on the layer we’ve just created. To do it, you need to select the Brush Tool first. Make sure to reduce the size of the brush.

Step 3. Change the Opacity and Flow

Set the Opacity and Flow to 100%. Depending on facial hair in the image, use brush thickness and flow that matches the other hairs.

Step 4. Sample the Hair Color

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To make your facial hair Photoshop look natural, pay attention to its color. Hold Alt/Opt and sample the hair color with the Eyedropper Tool.

Step 5. Paint One Single Hair

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

This step is one of the most important for further work. Paint one single hair that matches other hairs on the face.

Tip: Work on the tablet. If you don’t have a suitable device, you can use the trackpad or mouse for the task. However, the touch pen will provide more impressive results.

Step 6. Activate the Selection

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Press Ctrl/Cmd and select the hair layer to activate the selection.

Step 7. Open “Define Brush Preset” Window

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Next, go to Edit -> Define Brush Preset to save it as a custom brush.

Step 8. Name the New Brush

Select Edit and Define a Brush Preset. A preview of the brush and its size will appear on the screen. Choose a name and click “OK” to continue creating Photoshop beard.

When the brush is ready, remove the unnecessary layers. You will find them on the Layers panel.

Step 9. Find the New Brush

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Open the Brush menu by going to Window-Brush. Here you can find many settings that allow you to use more diverse adjustments when drawing a beard or mustache. Find the new brush in the Brush Settings menu. As you can see from the preview, it’s currently set to paint a steady stream. In the next couple of steps, we’ll fix this.

Step 10. Increase Spacing

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Creating Photoshop facial hair is a pretty tricky thing. The hair differs in color, size, density, curvature, and directions. To achieve the most accurate and natural results, you have a lot of work to do. First, Increase the spacing between brush marks by moving the slider to the right. You can also manually type in the spacing value.

Step 11. Change Shape Dynamics of the Brush

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Experiment with the brush parameters by using the menu options. Open the Shape Dynamics Menu. Thanks to various slight adjustments you can get an incredibly natural look! To resize the hairs, to make them larger or smaller, play with the Size Jitter.

By changing the Angle Jitter settings, you will get hairs drawn from different angles. You can also try adjusting Roundness Jitter, X Jitter, Scattering, Opacity. All these changes to beard brush Photoshop will help you get fantastic results.

Step 12. Save the Brush Preset

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

To be able to use your new facial hair Photoshop brush in the future, you need to be save the adjustments you made, by creating a preset. From the Brush Settings panel menu in the top right corner, click on “New Brush Preset”. This will bring up the preset window.

Step 13. Check the Boxes

Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Check the “Capture Brush Size in Preset” and “Include Tool Settings” boxes. Press Ok. This will create a perfect beard Photoshop brush preset.

That’s all! Once the brush is ready, you can start painting over those parts of the face, where you want to see hair. If you are unsatisfied with some details, you can get rid of unwanted hair with the Eraser tool.

Tip: When drawing hairs, try to follow the natural growth direction to avoid an unrealistic look.

Painting the Color, Bump, and Specular Maps in Photoshop

1. Open your UV snapshot in Photoshop, and put it on a new layer: Layer -> Duplicate Layer. Name the new layer “UVs”.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

2. Create a new layer: Layer -> New -> Layer (Shift + Cntl + N). Name it “COLOR”. Drag this layer below the UV layer in the ‘Layers’ toolbox. This is the layer we’ll be painting on. You can delete the background layer (Right-click, delete).
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3. Select your UV layer and set it to multiply (if your UVs are black on white) or screen (if they’re white on black). This allows you to paint beneath your UV’s. (Also a good workflow for coloring lineart).
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

As you work you can adjust the opacity of your UVs or hide them completely with the controls the Layers toolbox. (see image)
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

4. Select your COLOR layer, and start painting! Some tips:

It’s usually a good idea to start by putting down a base color (use the Paint bucket tool). Start with whatever hue & value will be most predominant in the color scheme you have in mind. This will help start all the edges between different UV sections at even values.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Solid colors are boring, do something creative! A plain red color map with a smiley face will probably lose points.

When painting, always think about how the locations you’re painting on in 2D correspond to locations on the 3D model. Consider how much detail is needed for different areas of the mesh. If you’re not sure, test it! When you’re new to this, the best way to get a good feel for how things will look in 3D is just to load up your work in Maya and see how it looks.

You can easily create new layers if you want to try something out without messing up your main color map. Layers are handy, but don’t overdo it – a ton of layers will get complicated fast.

It’s important to know where the different parts of your mesh connect, so you can make the color transitions between those areas seamless. You can use the clone stamp tool to essentially brush from one part of your painting to another. Select the clone stamp tool in the toolbox, then Alt + click from an area on your color map you want to sample. Then click where you want to paint that sample to. Now, as long as you paint with the tool it’ll sample color relative to where you first clicked. If you want to start a new clone sample just Alt + click again in a new area.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

You can play around with your brush settings in the ‘Brushes’ tab – brushes in Photoshop are heavily customizable. (Just don’t get too distracted by this!) You can add textures, scattering, etc.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

You can even make your own brushes if you want – just open a blank white document (File -> new) and paint the shape/texture of your brush in grey/black. When you’re ready to make it a brush: Edit -> Define Brush Preset. That’s all there is to it – now you can grab this brush at the bottom of the brushes pulldown and modify it like any other brush. This can be helpful for applying repeated textures, or adding interesting details.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

After you’ve got your color map more or less painted, if you want to tweak overall colors & values, Photoshop has a ton of adjustments you can play with. (Image -> Adjustments -> . ) Brightness/Contrast is good for some quick and dirty adjustments, or you can edit your value distribution more accurately with the Levels or Curves adjustments. With Hue/Saturation you can play with. well. hue and saturation, and you can fine tune colors with Color Balance. You shouldn’t have to spend too much time with any of this, though!
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

Feel free to play around with Filters and other adjustments. First and foremost though you should be painting a cool color map.

5. When you’re done, save out your color map to your network space as an unlayered TIFF (don’t forget to hide your UV layer first!). Now that you’ve got a cool color map, you’ll need good bump and specular maps to back it up. You can start your bump map by just converting your color map to greyscale. (Image -> Mode -> Greyscale). Now convert it back to RGB mode and save it as a seperate file.
Paint with your face! how to create custom photoshop brushes

6. The way Maya works with bump maps by default is that any white surrounded by black will bump down, while any black surrounded by white will bump up. So to create your bump map, just lighten and darken with this in mind. You might find the dodge and burn tools helpful for this (dodge lightens, burn darkens). They’re in the toolbar, 7th row.

7. You can approach your specular map in the same way. In Maya, light areas will shine while dark areas will not.

8. When you’re done with these maps, save them out to your network space as unlayered TIFFs. In Maya, assign a new shader to your model, and link your maps to the corresponding nodes.
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9. When you have everything as you want it, render it out. Hopefully it looks cool! Here’s an example: (color, bump, specular, final).
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Now follow the turnin instructions on the assignment page. (Render the model from the 4 cameras set up in the file, etc.)

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Tired of the usual attention-getting filters you use to make your photos pop with stronger contrast or deeper color saturation? If you want to make a different type of eye-catching picture, consider an app that turns your images into artwork.

With the right app, you can render your favorite photo into a digital version of paint on canvas, giving it a whole new look and feel. But you don’t have to stop there: You can print your creation on canvas for home display or as a unique gift. And you can do it all on your smartphone or tablet. Here’s how.

Step 1: Go App Shopping

App stores are overflowing with photo-filter programs. To find one that makes your pictures look like handcrafted brushwork, narrow your search by using the keyword “paintings” or “art.”

Check the app’s specifications. If you want to eventually print your creation, you need to make sure the software can export the final file at a high resolution.

Popular apps in the category include Deep Art Effects, which uses artificial intelligence to analyze the photo and apply a filter; the free app works on Android and iOS but offers in-app purchases of additional filters and other features for about $4. Prisma, a similar app for Android and iOS, has a free trial and a $30 annual subscription fee.

If you favor the look of watercolors, the $5 Waterlogue for iOS may appeal. Other inexpensive options include the free (but aggressively ad-supported) Art Filter Photo Editor for Android. Visionist for iOS is also free, with in-app upgrades; the same developer makes the $3 Oilist for iOS as well. The versatile Brushstroke for iOS is $4, and additional paint styles can be purchased within the app.

Step 2: Pick a Picture

Next, find your favorite vacation shot, pet portrait or other sentimental snap on your phone (or import it from a camera or computer). Make sure its resolution is high enough to print clearly at a large size. With recent smartphones capturing images at eight, 12 and even 16 megapixels, fuzziness shouldn’t be a problem.

Теперь у вас будет еще больше причин использовать Pixlr для решения всех задач, связанных с онлайн-редактированием изображений. Независимо от того, предпочитаете ли вы классическое редактирование фотографий на вашем компьютере или выбирайте более современные решения, мы готовы предложить и то, и другое. Стоит отметить, что решения Pixlr X и E представляют собой современные онлайн-редакторы фотографий на базе AI (искусственного интеллекта), которые позволяют раскрыть ваш истинный творческий потенциал одним нажатием и перейти на качественно новый уровень редактирования фотографий. Удаляйте фон, используя инструмент для удаления фона, а также создавайте изображения с прозрачным фоном одним нажатием. Мы делаем все, чтобы вы могли использовать все преимущества AI-инструментов, используя простые, интеллектуальные и удобные решения в сфере графического дизайна. Перейдите на качественно новый уровень редактирования, используя облачный редактор фотографий №1 в мире.

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Простой в использовании редактор фотографий

Используйте потрясающие шаблоны, чтобы создать неповторимый дизайн!

  • Современное редактирование фотографий для идеального редактирования фотографий.
  • Идеально подходит для быстрого редактирования фотографий.
  • Поддерживает большинство типов изображений, таких как PSD (Photoshop), PXD, JPEG, PNG.
  • Создавайте новый контент с помощью профессиональных шаблонов.
  • Создавайте коллажи, используя большой выбор готовых макетов.
  • Один клик, чтобы добавить художественные эффекты к фотографиям.
  • Большинство инструментов в нескольких разделах.

Мощный редактор фотографий для профессионалов

Переходите на качественно новый уровень редактирования фотографий.

  • Классическое редактирование фотографий с необходимыми инструментами, но изящнее.
  • Идеальное решение для тщательной детальной работы по редактированию изображений.
  • Поддерживает большинство типов изображений, таких как PSD (Photoshop), PXD, JPEG, PNG.
  • Классический настольный интерфейс.
  • Группировка выбранных элементов.
  • Возможность вырезать, копировать, вставлять группы выбранных элементов.
  • Инструмент «Заливка и градиент».
  • Губка / Цветные инструменты.
  • Продвинутая палитра цветов
  • Больше инструментов, больше контроля.
  • Больше фильтров, больше настроек..

Мобильный веб-редактор Pixlr M

Полнофункциональный фоторедактор прямо в мобильном браузере, без установки или загрузки приложений, с легкостью редактируйте и исправляйте свои фотографии прямо сейчас!

Удалить фон с помощью Pixlr AI

Вы хотите удалить фон с нескольких изображений и создать картинки с прозрачным фоном? Наслаждайтесь автоматическим и бесплатным удалением фона изображения всего за пару секунд! Современные инструменты на базе AI (искусственного интеллекта) от PIXLR позволяют удалять фон быстро и просто. Просто загрузите свои фотографии и наслаждайтесь результатом! Больше никаких фонов. Попробуйте прямо сейчас.


Вы можете использовать ваш любимый редактор Pixlr даже без подключения к сети! Откройте для себя все преимущества редактора PIXLR для ПК и Mac прямо сейчас, чтобы использовать интуитивно понятные инструменты для редактирования фотографий на базе AI (искусственного интеллекта), когда у вас нет подключения к Wi-Fi или оно работает слишком медленно. Наше приложение работает на большинстве настольных и портативных компьютеров и автоматически обновляется каждый раз при подключении к сети. Эксклюзивное предложение только для подписчиков Pixlr. Установите сейчас и начинайте редактировать!

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Удалить фон

Убирайте фон ваших фотографий одним движение! Мгновенное удаление фона с помощью AI (искусственного интеллекта) всего одним нажатием! Невероятно быстро и очень эффективно. Вы можете удалить фон с портретов, селфи, фотографий профиля и других изображений за считанные секунды.

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This tutorial will show you how to blur faces, backgrounds, text, and more using Photoshop CC.

We’ll be making use of the Gaussian blur effect. The first step is to open the image you want to modify in Photoshop CC.

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How to blur an entire image in Photoshop

If you want to blur the entire image choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Adjust the radius to add more or less blur to the image. Then click “OK”.

How to blur faces in Photoshop (easy method)

If you want to blur a face in Photoshop, here is an easy way to do it. You can also use this method to blur text, logos, backgrounds, and anything else you want to blur.

First, use the selection tools to select the area you want to blur. In the following example, the face is selected using the Elliptical Marquee Tool.

Next, apply a Gaussian Blur just like before (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. ). Select the radius and click “OK”. Finally, choose Select > Deselect.

How to blur faces in Photoshop (advanced method)

In the easy method above, there is a hard line between the blurred section and the unblurred section. If you want to make a soft transition between the sections, use this advanced method. This method will also keep the unblurred version on a separate layer so it will be easy to revert if necessary.

First, duplicate the layer by right clicking on the layer and selecting “Duplicate layer. “.

Next, apply a Gaussian Blur just like before (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. ) with your desired radius.

Add a layer mask to the duplicated layer by clicking the “Add vector mask” button. Make sure to hold OPTION on Mac or ALT on Windows while clicking the button to conceal the entire layer behind the mask. You will no longer see the blurred layer.

The next step is to use a brush tool to paint the areas that you want to be blurred. Make sure the brush tool has a soft edge (consider setting the hardness to 0%) and use white as the foreground color.

When you paint white on the mask the areas you paint will become blurred because the blurred layer is revealed.

You can see in the image above that the original unblurred layer is still available.

You can continue to paint any section you want blurred.

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