Photoshop Tutorial: How to Digitally Draw a Beautiful Proportioned Female Face

In this Tutorial I will share my experiences in creating a digital portrait of a woman.

These keyboard shortcuts will be useful for the following tutorial:

Ctrl+Shift+N > Create new layer
Ctrl+G > Make the selected layer clipping mask to the below layer.
R> Blur tool/smudge tool, hold shift and press R for toggle smudge tool
B> brush tool
O> burn/dodge tools
P> pen tool

Hold Ctrl and press + for zooming in and Ctrl – for zooming out.
Use the Z key to get the magnifier/zoom tool and drag over the area where you want to zoom.

End result:
How to Digitally Draw a Beautiful Proportioned Female Face Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

Making a good sketch with all features in correct proportions (with or without detail) will be an easy option for this. In the following diagram I tried to show you the proportions of a human face.

Step 2

Create a new layer and fill the skin color. This will be the base layer for the skin painting.

Step 3

I used to do the eyes first. Use three separate layers for the eyes. Keeping the eye white layer as the base layer, I added two more layers for the iris and pupil respectively.
Use one different layer for the tear duct too.

Step 4

I used an airbrush for skin painting. But it is not necessary. I too found that airbrushing is really useful while painting hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.
Set the new layers to clipping masks with the base skin layer when adding shades and highlights. Also use the blur tool with pressure 50 at the edges of the base skin layer, so that the edges are not to be too sharp. Use separate layer for nose. ( Also clipping masked to the base skin layer)

Step 5

Use new layers for the lips. You will need at least 3 separate layers for this. One as the base color one for the shading and one for the highlights.

Step 6

Create a new layers for adding light and shade for the face.

Step 7

Use an airbrush with the following settings for creating the eyebrows.

Step 8

Here comes the hardest part. Painting hair is a little tough with the mouse. But practice will take it into perfection. (I am still practicing) Use the smudge tool and warp tool ( if you are using photoshop cs2 or above) for more perfection of the hair.

These are the tools I used for creating hair,
Hard brush and airbrush for the hair lines,
Smudge tool for smoothening,
Layers with blending mode multiply and overlay for shading and lighting.

Step 9

Neck and body:
The same techniques used for the face painting are used for the body too.
Here I used two separate layers (in Normal mode) for her right hand. One for base color. Another one for shading and highlighting.
Rest of the body is done in another two layers. These layers are arranged below her right hand.

Step 10

In this final step I used one more layer for coloring the lip.
Also I created the background and added the final highlights for the hair.

Step 11

Final result. Thanks a lot for reading

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avatar nishagandhi

very detailed tutorial wow! thanks for writing this

(5 years and 2035 days ago)
avatar arca
arca says:

Great work and well explained. I have been looking for something like this and will definitely give it a try!

(5 years and 2035 days ago)
avatar artgirl1935

You certainly show your knowledge of photoshop techniques. Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this fine tutorial and for sharing your knowledge with us.

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

As I have always said.... You have mastered the techniques in Photoshop. Thanks my friend for sharing this tutorial with us. We will learn from it... I am sure. Good luck to you in life.

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar steed
steed says:

Nice work, want to know more about brush settings, the settings you used in air brushes for making the eyelashes and hair is great. All the best to you for your future works

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
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dekwid says:

this is a master touch...I will never miss this tut for sure, george said, are the master....

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Great tutorial, Anoop, I was waiting for it Thank you very much

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar Lamantine
Lamantine says:

Wonderful tutorial as usual, top votes from me. Good luck on approval !

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
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IDt8r says:

I really like the detail in this tut. Its easy to understand and easy to follow. Good job, Anoop!

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar shaiju1974

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(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

well explained tut ....... gud luck to u

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar niks1351
niks1351 says:

very well explained..... Great Job buddy

(5 years and 2033 days ago)
avatar erathion
erathion says:

Very well explained,detailed...This tutorial could mean a lot for all members who want to learn how to do people digital drawing...Your work on a lips and the eyes is simply amazing...As all know eyes are always hardest part to draw...well done and keep going to create new tutorials...

(5 years and 2032 days ago)
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marina08 says:

Great tutorial! Explained to the smallest detail!

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Guest says:

thank you to share, you make me understand that " YES I CAN ", so simple, thanx again.

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Nice tut!

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prakash says:

very usefull tutorial

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Great tut, like your brush work and blend modes. Would love to know that.

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actually i was looking for such detailed tutorial for illustration/draw/shading. i surf internet all my time, i was not satisfied, finally i got it today, i am so happy for this greate tutorial, thanks a lot boss---------------------surya

(5 years and 1959 days ago)
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Greatpapa says:

Nice one...

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Great tutorial and very well explained. Thanks a lot for share it with us.

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Guest says:

Fantastic tutorial. Thanks for teach us step by step.

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