Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Realistic Cat Fur



In this tutorial I will show you how to create realistic cat fur.
It takes some patience to get to the desired result, but eventually you'll end up with a super cute, furry kitten!
This tutorial is written for beginners.
The following reference is used for this tutorial: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1178601


End result:
How To Create Realistic Cat Fur Final Image

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avatar ushurani

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Practice tutorial

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Step 1

Create a new document, preferably of size 900x800 (will be easy for beginners).
Draw a rough sketch of any (furry) animal.


Step 2

Create a new group and call it "Base"
Create a new layer and fill it with your desired color: that's the base color.


Step 3

Duplicate this layer and call it "Noise".
Go to filters and add noise.
Amount : 12-14%
Distribution : uniform
And make sure that the monochromatic box is checked.


Step 4

Duplicate the "Noise layer"
I duplicate my layers a lot... So when I mess things up I always have something to fall back on.
Brush type: spatter
Size: 40-60 px(depends on the area you are working)
Mode: Normal
Strength: 70%
and smudge it in the directions of the fur. There's nothing wrong to use some references to know how the
fur flows.


Step 5

Now use burn and dodge tools with the below settings.


Step 6

Create a new group and call it "fur"
I am really bad at naming my groups and layers;-)
Create a new layer and call it " A"
I hid the "Base" group so that you can see what I have been doing.
With a darker shade of the base color make some brush strokes... don't forget the flow of the fur.
Use at least 2-3 dark brown shades.


Step 7

Create a new layer and call it "B"
Similarly with lighter shades(2-3) of the base color make some strokes.
Play around with opacity(30-45) ,flow(40-50) and brush sizes(3-5px).
For really fine fur use a brush of size 1-2px.


Step 8

I revealed the "Base" group, so the image looks some what like this:


Step 9

Create a new group and call it "Nose"
Create a new layer and call it "c"
Set the foreground color to white and paint it.
Use spatter brush to smudge as shown.


Step 10

Create a new layer and call it "D".
Draw basic shape of nose.


Step 11

Create a new group and call it "ears"
Drag this group in between the "Base" group and the "fur" group.
Create a new layer"E"
Used few shades of pink for the ear.


Step 12

Right ear


Step 13

Create a new group and call it "eyes".
Create a new layer and call it "F".
Select the eye and apply gradient.


Step 14

Use dodge tool


Step 15

Draw some fine lines as shown


Step 16

Smudge the lines


Step 17

Create a new group call it "Mouth".


Step 18

Added some shadows and fine fur


Step 19

I am a right handed person. So drawing strokes from left to right comes with a little or no effort. If I need to stroke in any other direction I just rotate the canvas accordingly.
Added whiskers


Step 20

If you have patience you could paint the whole face the same way as we did the fur on the forehead.
But I dint have the patience so I merged Base and fur groups.
Copied ,pasted ,rotated and warped according to the shape.


Step 21

It looks very sloppy but don't worry all we need to do is finish it off.
1) Erase the edges and smudge
2) Ears(played with colors of the right ear to make sure it doesn't look exactly like the other one)
3) Added individual strokes of fur.


Step 22

Final result



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41 Comments:

avatar nishagandhi

very cute result and great tutorial

(4 years and 295 days ago)
avatar tapiona
tapiona says:

very nice tut, I hope to see many more like this in the future from you, it helps a lot!

(4 years and 295 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Hi, this is a nice tutorial. I personally like to use the spatter brushes with the smudge tool. This will help me a lot to do my work better. Thank you!

(4 years and 295 days ago)
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Guest says:

Its incredible, good work.

(4 years and 295 days ago)
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apuri98 says:

wow a great tut and like the spatter tool

(4 years and 294 days ago)
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Guest says:

wonderful....no words...awesome...

(4 years and 294 days ago)
avatar Clinge
Clinge says:

Wow, finally a simple and good tutorial for beginners and to learn the basics to paint something from nothing. THX very much.

(4 years and 294 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awsome!! It is exactly the kind of tutorial I was searching for!!
Thank you

(4 years and 286 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks for your tutorial cuz I can learn many more from you...

(4 years and 285 days ago)
avatar ushurani
ushurani says:

Thanks a lot guys.Not only with smudge, spatter is great with burn tool also.

(4 years and 284 days ago)
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Guest says:

VERY NICE TUTORIAL

(4 years and 283 days ago)
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Guest says:

Awesome tutorial to learn. Very easy and well defined . thanks for sharing this nice post.

(4 years and 282 days ago)
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(4 years and 282 days ago)
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Guest says:

hi this is amateur asha frm india,inspired by ur thought of creating a realistic cat,especially the expressive eyes of the cat are awesome.hope to see more tutorials like this ushakiran.

(4 years and 276 days ago)
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Guest says:

Intersting and informative. hope to see more work from u. never thought of such a thing. great.

(4 years and 276 days ago)
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Guest says:

woooooow................super.......

(4 years and 273 days ago)
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Guest says:

amazing work and a cute cat in deed
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(4 years and 269 days ago)
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Guest says:

to cute and lovely tutorial,
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(4 years and 267 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow...great work

(4 years and 264 days ago)
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Guest says:

peshshshsh

(4 years and 257 days ago)
avatar albevolution

amazing , i'll try and it right now

(4 years and 256 days ago)
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Guest says:

very very good tutorial.

(4 years and 255 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great usha

(4 years and 251 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks i m beginner but i m learn very important tools

(4 years and 212 days ago)
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Guest says:

amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(4 years and 209 days ago)
avatar erathion
erathion says:

Very nice work.....

(4 years and 196 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

very nice.. when i look at the final result i thought it is real cat... Fantastic work and tutorial.. like it very much.. this will help me very much in the future... Thank You very much for sharing

(4 years and 184 days ago)
avatar erikuri
erikuri says:

Very good! It's quite difficult to make fur or hair, so, taking this tut as a reference, with some training, everything gets easier! Thank you...

(4 years and 184 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow Very Good tutorial amazing .....!

(4 years and 183 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow!
Very impressive!!!!!

(4 years and 146 days ago)
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Guest says:

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(4 years and 106 days ago)
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Guest says:

It's a good tutorial, I just can't find the right kind of brush to use to make the fur. My Photoshop is slightly different with the strength and all. But it's a WONDERFUL tutorial.

(4 years and 93 days ago)
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Guest says:

It's a good tutorial, I just can't find the right kind of brush to use to make the fur. My Photoshop is slightly different with the strength and all. But it's a WONDERFUL tutorial.

(4 years and 93 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for your effort but I think you are going on a shortcut for certain parts which is not very understandable. But overall great job!

(4 years and 35 days ago)
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[banned] says:

this tutorial is great

(3 years and 350 days ago)
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Guest says:

amazingly cute!!!!!! i luv 2 draw cats!!!!!!! : ...( so cute im crying!!!

(3 years and 306 days ago)
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Guest says:

i agree with the person who commented that there were shortcuts on some of the steps (Example: step 10). It made it difficult to understand what to do. But otherwise, great tutorial!

(3 years and 265 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks so much on your effort to write such a wonderful tutorial for all of us!
It's a great help )

(3 years and 249 days ago)
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Guest says:

heyy thanxx a lot..its very interesting and esy to understand..great..

(3 years and 228 days ago)
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[banned] says:

fantaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastic drawing..........................KEEP IT UP

(3 years and 149 days ago)
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Guest says:

Wow, awesome tutorial, This technique is simply brilliant. Mad Props ^______^ THANK YOU

(2 years and 274 days ago)


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