Photoshop Tutorial: How To Make A Digital Painting Of A Rose From Scratch



I'll help you to create a digital painting of a rose from scratch. Beginning from a simple sketch, into the transformation of a beautiful rose.

We'll use drawing and painting techniques using Photoshop.

Painting and blending the colors with a Spatter brush.

Working with layers to accomplish our goal.

Follow me through a step by step tutorial that will show you the amazing ways of digital painting.


End result:
How To Make A Digital Painting Of A Rose From Scratch Final Image

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Practice tutorial

Step 1

Open a New Document.
Size: 800 X 600 px.
Background: White.
Picker color: # FFFFFF.
Resolution: 72.


Step 2

We'll be working with lots of layers. We'll draw the outlines in separate layers, so, we'll open new layers every time we draw new lines. Let's begin.

Open a New Layer. Name layer, "Petals 1".
Use a 2 or 3 px hard brush to draw the outlines for the middle petals of the rose.

You can also use the Pencil Tool (B), to do the drawing.
Usee the same 2 or 3 px line size.


Step 3

After you drew the outlines for the middle petals, open a New Layer. Name layer, "Petals 2".

Use the same 2 or 3 px hard brush or pencil to draw two more petals to the right side of the middle petals you drew.

Let the new lines intersect the other lines.


Step 4

We'll continue with the drawing of the petals.

This time we'll add two more to the rose we are drawing.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 3".


Step 5

Continue drawing the petals. The new petals are shown with
the lines pointing to them.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 4".


Step 6

When you look at a rose, you'll see that the petals are beautiful in shape, and color. The edges are simple in curves and lines. That is what gives the rose its unique beauty in the garden.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 5".

We are using separate layers for the drawing of the outlines of the rose, because when we start adding color to them, we will see that some of them have to overlap others. We can control working with color, to give the rose shape and form.


Step 7

The areas painted in color, show the progress of our drawing of the outlines. You do not have to add color to the work you have done.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 6".

This time we'll draw four bigger and two smaller petals.


Step 8

Same procedure, as you did before.

Draw the outlines for the spaces in white. Try to be accurate in your drawing of the outlines. This will help you at the end of your drawing of the rose.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 7".


Step 9

The drawing of the outlines of the rose is almost done.

Draw the last three petals of the rose.

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 8".


Step 10

Here are the outlines for the rose. Do not merge layers yet. Leave all layers as they are.


Step 11

Adding color to the petals.

There are some swatches with the colors we'll use for the painting of the middle petals of the rose.

You can get the colors by clicking over the preset black and white colors. When the color picker opens, type the number given to you, and you'll get the colors I am using.

There is also a practice sample for blending the colors, you can try it.

I used a 21 px soft brush Opacity of 50%, for painting, but sometimes you can use even a hard brush of a bigger size.

The blendings are done with the Smudge Tool (R) and Strenght of 45 to 50%. (For a smooth blending).


Step 12

Important!

Read the information given in this step below, to get an idea of how to make the blendings and how to use the color of the swatches.


Step 13

This is what you should have by now.


Step 14

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Petals 2".

Use the same 21 px soft Spatter brush for the blending of colors. Sometimes you can use a smaller brush for small areas.

Use a 13 px soft brush for the painting. Use the colors given to you over the areas pointed with lines.

This will be a repetitive process, when you paint and blend the colors together.


Step 15

This is the result of the blendings you shoud have by now.

Hide layers, "Petals 1", and "Petals 2". To leave the starting of the painting of the rose by itself.

Save your layer, "Rose 2".


Step 16

Open Layer, "Petals 3".

Paint over the new petals. Open a New Layer, name layer, "Rose 3".

Use the same technique you used before to do the blending
and the painting of the petals, using the colors shown in this
step below.


Step 17

The middle petals are taking shape. As you can see, the colors are coming alive now. Make the layer "Petals 3", inactive by closing the eyes that are to the left of the layers column.

This layer will remain, "Rose 3".


Step 18

Open layer, "Petals 4".

Paint over a New Layer, name layer, "Rose 4".

Try to blend the colors nicely.


Step 19

There is more progress shown here.

Layer will remain, "Rose 4".


Step 20

Open Layer, "Petals 5".

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Rose 5".

Start by filling the new petals with color. Save the layers painted for the petals.


Step 21

Sometimes, the first time that you add and blend the color, does not look nice. If this happens, just do it again, add more color if needed, change the size, Opacity and Strenght of your brushes to get a nice blending.

Layer will remain, "Rose 5".


Step 22

Open layer, "Petals 6".

Open a New Layer, name layer, "Rose 6".

As you've seen, the colors you have been using are the same. Brushes will be the same too, with a little changing in size, Opacity and Strenght.

Using a 50% Opacity and Strenght worked well for me.


Step 23

We have accomplished a lot, the rose is almost made. You will paint bigger petals next time.


Step 24

Follow the directions given in step below.

Open layer, "Petals 7".

Paint over a New Layer, name layer, "Rose 7".


Step 25

Now you can see the progress made to the painting of the rose.


Step 26

Open layer, "Petals 8".

Paint over layer, name New Layer, "Rose 8".


Step 27

Here is the beautiful painting of the rose. You can make all the layers with the outlines inactive, if you have some open.

Also, all the layers with the name "Rose" on them can be merged together, to form a single layer, if you want to do so, name layer, "Digital Rose".


Step 28

Open a New Layer, fill it with black color.

Name layer, "Background 2".

Use different kinds of green, red, and some blue color.

You can do this by using a 300 px soft brush, and Opacity of 50%, and spray around with colors to get this effect.


Step 29

Follow the directions given to you, to make the leaves for the rose.


Step 30

Here are more suggestions to finish your work. Follow them carefully, and you will be surprised and happy with the results.


Step 31

We arrived to the end of the road for this tutorial. I appreciate so much for following me through all of these steps to achieve something beautiful.

Do not hesitate to try something else. Digital painting is beauty on its own. It takes time and patience, but at the end, you will be happy to know that you can do it.

Good luck in your journey through Art!



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72 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

very well written and very good detail with a stunning result -- excellent job on this tutorial

(5 years and 784 days ago)
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Guest says:

Well done.

(5 years and 782 days ago)
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Guest says:

Terrific tutorial, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
Marilyn
oldcoots@cox.net

(5 years and 782 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is incredible....I learned more from this tutorial than The whole Adobe Photoshop in a classroom book!! Not about Photoshop itself of course. But the Application of the design of the image. The thinking from start to finish over a whole project. Thank you..

(5 years and 781 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

I appreciate your comments, and thank you for taking the time to read this tutorial. I am so proud of all of you that take the time to learn as I have done. When I read your comments, I feel that I have to write more tutorials, to share with you, the things that I have learned.

(5 years and 781 days ago)
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Guest says:

just read through this at work..will try at home..very well thought out and explained...wish all tuts would give the colors, brushes, and methods used..hats off!

(5 years and 781 days ago)
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I am assuming this involves using a Wacom digital drawing tablet or some similar tool, or is all done with using the mouse and keyboard? Either way, it is very well done and definitely something worth learning!

(5 years and 780 days ago)
avatar madamemonty

lovely tutorial George, very well written, and the result is a beautiful rose

(5 years and 780 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice work

(5 years and 780 days ago)
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beautiful result.
well explained tutorial.

(5 years and 780 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank again for comments. The Digital image of the rose, was done using Photohosp, not a wacom tablet for this, just a nice mouse and lots of blendings... good luck for those who will try it.......!!!

Madamemonty, Alan, Scratzilla, Thank you guys... see you at the contests.

Guests: Comments appreciated!

(5 years and 780 days ago)
avatar gitsadr
gitsadr says:

i love it

(5 years and 779 days ago)
avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

What can I say but reiterate what the others have said great tutorial and a loevly result.

(5 years and 778 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Thank you very much for the detailed and very useful tutorial. Personally I learned a lot from it!

(5 years and 777 days ago)
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Guest says:

This is probably the best digital painting tutorial I have found yet...and I'm doing a semester long project just learning different tutorials in photoshop

(5 years and 776 days ago)
avatar justin8787

For professionals, for noobs, for begginers.... What can i say... Exelent job!

(5 years and 775 days ago)
avatar refleksi
refleksi says:

good tutorial here... great job George

(5 years and 775 days ago)
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Guest says:

its veerrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy difficult

(5 years and 774 days ago)
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Guest says:

One of the BEST Photoshop tutorials I have ever read (not just for Photoshop - every program, in fact)! I have written many tutorials myself, aspiring to your standard, but you simply have left me for dead. Now I must analyse, and work out why your is so effective, to learn from your brilliance.
BTW, you have also inspired me to try your painting with Photoshop. Thank you George!
Keith Richardson

(5 years and 773 days ago)
avatar sparklen
sparklen says:

A lovely TUT. Thanks for the information and technique.

(5 years and 772 days ago)
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Guest says:

fantastic result.thanx george

(5 years and 772 days ago)
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Guest says:

¡Excelente! Gran trabajo.

(5 years and 771 days ago)
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Guest says:

Well done tutorial (easy to understand) and excellent artwork.
Just what I have been searching for.

Please, we need more PAINTING tutorials like this on the web.

I will be back. Thanks.

(5 years and 770 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow... amazing tutorial!!

(5 years and 767 days ago)
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Guest says:

very very good




(5 years and 767 days ago)
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Guest says:

colors are not right...

(5 years and 766 days ago)
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Guest says:

perfect,I must learn

(5 years and 757 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice..............

(5 years and 750 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice results and love the detail

(5 years and 749 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice congratulations

(5 years and 743 days ago)
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Guest says:

太强了!
very good
I MUST WORK HARD MORE

(5 years and 730 days ago)
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Guest says:

damn gud work n tutorial.. thnx alot..

(5 years and 725 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very, very nice!!!

(5 years and 724 days ago)
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Guest says:

Well Done:::::
Good Job::::::::::::
Keep It Up:::::::::

(5 years and 721 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks! Great!

(5 years and 720 days ago)
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Moon36 says:

Thnx Brother for these TuTurials
but how we can paint & design with The Mouse?
what you using for the design ... r u using a Multi-Touch?

(5 years and 719 days ago)
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Guest says:

i don't think i did mine right but VERY nice job!

(5 years and 717 days ago)
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Guest says:

Your tutorials make to thinkthat photoshop software is easy to use. Your article gives engragement to the leaners. Thank you very much.

(5 years and 716 days ago)
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Guest says:

wonderful!!!

(5 years and 716 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank you so much for sharing such stunning artwork of a beautiful digital rose painting!! I am just beginning to learn Photoshop and Illustrator for about two months. Have been wanting to learn to draw a rose just like yours. : ) There are people telling me they like my work but I always know my skills with the two software is not enough to do what I want. After seeing your artwork, I believe I have even a longer way to be where you are now. Great artwork!!! Great tutorial!! I will definitely complete the whole lesson when I can spare some time after the final project. Thanks!!!


(5 years and 681 days ago)
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Guest says:

EXcellent tutorial,, thank you so very much for all you do for us! Judi

(5 years and 677 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice yr its very good

(5 years and 665 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice yr its very good

(5 years and 665 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice yr its very good

(5 years and 665 days ago)
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Guest says:

Excellent tut - I applaud the time and effort put into this marvelous work - look forward to more of the same.
Btw - will the guest who said the colours were wrong kindly tell us what is wrong with them and show us what s/he has done - negative comments take us nowhere

(5 years and 650 days ago)
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Guest says:

excellent ......thanks alot for shareing your great art ....its marvelous work ....i wanna learn painting...once again thanks .. the way u show your art ...its great

(5 years and 648 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow - was für ein super Tutorial - ich wünschte ich könnte auch so klasse malen wie du

Danke

Lieben Gruß

Avarra

(5 years and 608 days ago)
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ferher says:

Great job!!

(5 years and 603 days ago)
avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

Awesome tutorial

(5 years and 595 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice tutorial...

(5 years and 585 days ago)
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Guest says:

it's realy good.

(5 years and 554 days ago)
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Guest says:

Nice one...

(5 years and 553 days ago)
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Guest says:

woooow......very beautiful! ....Great information,thx! .... Wish I could make something like this.

(5 years and 486 days ago)
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Guest says:

R@UL Z...

(5 years and 474 days ago)
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Guest says:

great great great greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreatgreat

(5 years and 474 days ago)
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Guest says:

awsum mahn...i luv it...:*

(5 years and 472 days ago)
avatar Clinge
Clinge says:

Lovely, THX

(5 years and 472 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice. I will definitely try this at home

(5 years and 448 days ago)
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vivek says:

i like it

(5 years and 443 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very good sir

(5 years and 437 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very very good idia .its amazing .

(5 years and 425 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice sir. i just loved it. if people like u teach us like this we will surely learn many things

(5 years and 414 days ago)
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[banned] says:

So amazing ! it is so nice and wonder the creativity skills that u have................wooooooooh! i have to bring back my brushes and papers let me try this

(5 years and 399 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow very nice imagery, but couldn't quiet follow the instructions, a little bit hard, I guess you got that gift, very good though

(5 years and 394 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pleas help me to find out how to swits to a spatter brush, whar does it look like? i'm using the first cs ever (very bad and old! but it is all I got) pleas help meee

(5 years and 377 days ago)
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[banned] says:

sick tut man! u rock!

(5 years and 376 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thank you for your kind comments. For you, looking for the Spatter brush. Open Photoshop, it does not mind if you have Photoshop 7 (BTW) the digital painting of the rose was done in PS7!

Ok: 1- Select the Brush Tool from the Tools column.
2- Look at the left side of the screen. Select a Brush, on the Preset Brush Picker column.
3- Click on the arrow to the right side of window, to open the Brushes Window.
4- Scroll all the way down.... Until you see a 300 size for soft brush. The brushes next to it, are the Spatter Brushes. They look like a lot of little points together. When you paint with them, they will spatter or smudge the areas. That is why, I recommend some transparency on the painting. Good luck!

(5 years and 360 days ago)
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[banned] says:

VERY NICE

(5 years and 340 days ago)
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Guest says:

it was short and very fast to get it ready & to give a rose to .......

thanks !

(5 years and 304 days ago)
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Guest says:

First of all thank you so much this is an amazing tutorial, and i have learn already a lot and i just draw one petal! i have a question though, the numbers of the colors for me seems to show other colors not yours i don't know why i am having this issue, i use photoshop CS5. thank you for all.

(5 years and 290 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great. Easy to follow and understand, yet leaves room for us to experiment with.
Writer needs an award

(5 years and 114 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very good way of creating a painting n that too using photoshop
superb idea!!

(4 years and 275 days ago)


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