Photoshop Tutorial: How to Paint a Realistic Proportioned Female Face from Scratch



In this tutorial I will show you how to paint a proportioned female face from scratch... There are plenty of advanced ways to achieve this, but this tutorial will start with the absolute basics and move on to more advanced techniques, so even beginners can follow.

First I'm going to show you how to achieve the right proportions... After that we bring the face to life by painting and smudging it into a beautiful woman.

If you try this tutorial, don't forget to show your result by submitting it in the practice contest.
Let's get started!


End result:
How to Paint a Realistic Proportioned Female Face from Scratch Final Image

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Step 1

Open a new document 1500x1500. The first thing we have to take into account is the facial proportion. I am going to draw the rough sketch by using grids. Go to view > show >grid (check the grid). To change the default settings
go to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid and Slices


Step 2

They say width of an ideal face spans 4.5 to 5 eyes and height of 7 eyes. Consider each grid as the measure of an eye. Now we will construct the face. Below figure shows you how they are in proportion.


Step 3

Create a new layer call it "Sketch”. With pen tool draw the shape of face assuming it’s going to look like an egg. Once the sketching is done we don’t need the grids so go to View > Show > Grid (uncheck)


Step 4

Create a new layer in between background and sketch layer call it "Base"
With a large brush fill in the color.


Step 5

Now that we have the skin color let's add some shadows and highlights. Create a new layer call it "shadows". If you don’t know which colors to pick then don’t worry you can see it in the below picture. With a soft air brush of size 50-75 I made some strokes.


Step 6

I hid the "shadows” layer intentionally just so you can see what I’ve been doing. Create a new layer and call it "Blush”. I use this layer to show the blush on cheeks, nose and forehead.


Step 7

Create a new layer and call it "highlights”. Keep it in mind that any new layers you create should be below the "Sketch" layer.


Step 8

Merge base, shadows, blush and highlights layers. The image should look somewhat like this.


Step 9

I read that a lot of people use the smudge tool to give the face a smooth look or to blend the colors. That tedious procedure didn’t work for me so I figured out another method. Select the whole face (you can do that by clicking on the base layer by holding ctrl). Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and blur it by 31px radius. Tadaa!!!!!


Step 10

Clean the edges off.


Step 11

Create as many layers as you want and don’t forget to name them. You can delete them if you are not happy with what you have done. Create a new layer call it “nose”. Added shadows


Step 12

To give it a smooth look blur it by 10px radius.


Step 13

Give some details to the nose.


Step 14

Create a new layer call it "Lips” The upper lip is darker than the lower lip. Remember one thing. Whether it’s a face, nose or lips don’t just use burn and dodge tool. First add darker/lighter shades to create depth.


Step 15

Darken the line that’s in between the lips and add more details with burn and dodge tool.


Step 16

Create a new layer call it "eyes”. The eyeball that you see is not pure white at all. So use some lighter shade of Grey to paint the shape. Now the series of screenshots below should be pretty self-explanatory.


Step 17

Focus on Iris now. I am just painting simple iris with less details.


Step 18

Painting pupil is the easiest thing and fun to do too ;-)


Step 19

Usually hair of brows is messy. So go easy on `eye brow shaping` for that natural look. See to it that the color of brows and color of hair is close.


Step 20

No need to scratch your heads when adding an eye shadow. Just pick the darker and lighter shades from face.


Step 21

Some times after smudging, the edges appear as if they are not blended with the surroundings. Use blur tool to get rid of the edges and blend the colors nicely.


Step 22

Painting is almost done now the time to use burn tool ;-)


Step 23

Don’t burn your painting if it turns like below. Instead pick a darker shade of the color from the area you want to burn and manually add that color.


Step 24

Defining more with dodge tool.


Step 25

Fix the gaps or sharp edges if you have any.


Step 26

Thought of doing hair also but I didn`t want to drag the tutorial. May be in another tutorial.
Final result.



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51 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Well written -- great results

(4 years and 172 days ago)
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Guest says:

great tutorial i like it

(4 years and 170 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome!!!

(4 years and 170 days ago)
avatar 04mehul
04mehul says:

very good explain.

(4 years and 170 days ago)
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Guest says:

there some mistake.
u diidn't tell about hair

(4 years and 170 days ago)
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Guest says:

very good explain. but u not tell about hair

(4 years and 166 days ago)
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Guest says:

excellent, but what about the hair does not say how, has a second part?

(4 years and 165 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

nice tut

(4 years and 165 days ago)
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Guest says:

beautiful.......

(4 years and 164 days ago)
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Guest says:

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(4 years and 164 days ago)
avatar erikuri
erikuri says:

Very beautiful and well explained! Ushurani, you have magic hands!...

(4 years and 160 days ago)
avatar ushurani
ushurani says:

Thanks a lot all. I will definitely write another tutorial on how to paint hair.

(4 years and 160 days ago)
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Guest says:

wonderfull explanation

(4 years and 153 days ago)
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Guest says:

It is wonderfull i don't know how i say,,Beautifull thanks..

(4 years and 150 days ago)
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Guest says:

magic i loved it helps that this kinda sites is out there

(4 years and 147 days ago)
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very good

(4 years and 141 days ago)
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Guest says:

very magical job.
ram babu sharma

(4 years and 141 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Very well explained. Great job.

(4 years and 138 days ago)
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Guest says:

amazing work.its really well.

(4 years and 133 days ago)
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Guest says:

it was very good to see it . a very good explain........

(4 years and 133 days ago)
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Guest says:

It was very helpful!
You could have spent more time on the irises though, as that's the only part that doesn't look realistic at all

(4 years and 128 days ago)
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Guest says:

is this done with a mouse or a graphics tablet?

(4 years and 127 days ago)
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Guest says:

pagerank sorgulama

(4 years and 117 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks

(4 years and 115 days ago)
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Guest says:

i like it very good

(4 years and 110 days ago)
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Guest says:

She looks a lot like Caley Cuoco

(4 years and 107 days ago)
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(4 years and 98 days ago)
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Guest says:

Excellent work man...

(4 years and 92 days ago)
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Guest says:

greattttttttttttttttttttttt
thanks

(4 years and 91 days ago)
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Guest says:

very good

(4 years and 88 days ago)
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(4 years and 79 days ago)
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Guest says:

super

(4 years and 75 days ago)
avatar neeraj55
neeraj55 says:

well done!

(4 years and 75 days ago)
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Guest says:

I found my greatest mistake in painting ! that tutorial revealed it to me thanks :P

(4 years and 70 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice teaching

(4 years and 69 days ago)
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Guest says:

too good but i wanna know about hairs

(4 years and 66 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome!

(4 years and 63 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks.. you are really helping me...

(4 years and 62 days ago)
avatar telmafrancione

A very well done work!
Thanks for sharing

(4 years and 55 days ago)
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bijucomax says:

very good explain,.good one,.thaks

(4 years and 43 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very cool tutorials, very much impressed
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(4 years and 37 days ago)
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Poonam says:

I have read many other digital painting tutorials, but this one is very well written. Thanks

(4 years and 27 days ago)
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Guest says:

Toll gemacht - good work

(4 years and 18 days ago)
avatar steed
steed says:

wow, Great work

(4 years and 8 days ago)
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jun says:

Wow! Amazing....... that's great..!!!!

(3 years and 349 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Great work

(3 years and 335 days ago)
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Guest says:

eagerly waiting for the hair tutorial

(3 years and 283 days ago)
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HATS OFF

(3 years and 179 days ago)
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Guest says:

Blending is always better than blurring and smudging. You really could have saved time when adding more enhancement if you would have just blended as you worked.

(2 years and 299 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Fentastic Results

(2 years and 264 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I am using PS Elements, but I could follow most of this tutorial. I used gaussian blur a lot. I like my results well enough, although my female face looks a lot different. See it here. http://fav.me/d4sba76

(2 years and 230 days ago)


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