Photoshop tutorial: Paint 80s airbrush effects

Improve your Photoshop brush skills, working with a variety of different brush heads for varying effects

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Step 2 With the rough sketch done, we can start brushing in the shadings. Using the Pen tool (P), create a path around the face shape and use the shape as a mask for your shadings. Using a soft brush, start to brush out the dark areas of the face. Do the same for the rest of the sections.

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Step 3 Proceed onto the hair. The lighter the hair, the smaller your brush needs to be. Create a path around the sunglasses using the Pen tool – make sure you include the frame as well as the lens. Using the shapes as masks, use a soft black brush to shade in the area. Similarly, use a white brush to apply the light reflections.

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Step 4 Now that we have a finished sketch, we can start colouring the image. By having a completed sketch, half the work is already done. Begin by creating a new canvas with a gradient background. Use a green to brown gradient as shown. Next, import the black and white shadings into the canvas.

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