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Photoshop Brushes Tutorial – Coloring

time cs5 brushes2nd February, 2009 - cs5 brushes comments52 comments »

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create an effect like this. Very simple and short. Some of you will recognize the tutorial. You’re right, it’s already at deviantArt, but I still get so much requests, so .. here it comes 🙂

Step 1

Start with a new file and choose any size you want (I took 560×226). Paint the layer black and create a new layer (!).

Step 2

Get some brushes from here and install them. Now set white as foregroundcolor, choose one (or more) of the brushes and add them by clicking on the image.

Step 3

Duplicate the layer, use gaussian blur (~5px) and set the oppacity of the layer to ~40%.

Step 4

Create a new layer and use the big 300px brush with 2 colors you want to paint over the picture. Take care: The 2 colors have to be in the same layer!

Step 5

Set the layer on color and create a new layer (and press D! – black and white as colors). Use render -> clouds and then the gaussian blur (about 10px). Set the layer on vivid light. Your result should look like this.

Optional Step

If the glow isn’t strong enough: Take the 100px pencilbrush, set white as color and set the oppacity of the pencilbrush to ~20%. Now you can add by simple clicking very nice highlights (same works with black as color).

Questions? Feel free to ask.

52 thoughts on “Photoshop Brushes Tutorial – Coloring

  1. kent says:

    how did you make the original brush to create the colorized brush?

  2. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    With ‘apophysis’.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I didn’t understand the “and press D! – black and white as colors” [I’m a newbie], but even without it my first tutorial attempt turned out beautiful!

    Thank you r0man! 🙂

  4. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    Set the foreground color to black and the background color to white. Thats it 🙂

  5. Cheryl says:

    I just figured that out…and was blushing at my own silliness! I’m looking for more of your tutorials now. It was very simple and the results were stunning!!!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Another good way to colorize for step #4 is with gradients. (I just learned what a gradient is, so the effect was very pretty!)

  7. Nestor says:

    Hi.I’m new in using photoshop. I try to make this tutorial that you put here.I make it to step four, but in the step five that you said to put the layer in color, etc… I don’t know to make this step.Please help me. My email is

  8. satria says:

    hei there, i’m new in photoshoping things. just wanna ask, how to mix the color layer with the ray layer? thanks

  9. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    You dont have to mix them, you have to change the layer effect (at the top of the layer window).

  10. Zark says:

    Set the layer on color

    I really dont get what to do here.

  11. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    At the top of your layers window you will find a selection box. There you have to choose ‘color’.

  12. Harry says:

    What brush did you use from your pack and what size should i use?

  13. Harry says:

    Doesn’t matter, I downloaded the right brush pack this time!

  14. amber says:

    this was so cool and yet so simple plus i got some awesome brushes out of it THANKS!

  15. vin says:

    Hi there… i really dig ur tutorials and i like ur portfolio and brushes but my english isnt that good so i dont understand evry step of ur tutorial here… why dont u make it in german? 😀
    btw which photoshop did u use? ( i got cs4 but im new ).

  16. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    Check your mails!

  17. Jess says:

    Hai there, what do you mean with “set the layer on vivid light?” Think its a main step – i still see the clouds of the Cloud-Render :/

  18. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    German version: “Strahlendes Licht”

  19. Nick says:

    I’m using photoshop cs4 and when I press the “D” nothing happens, wat is exactly the meaning of this hotkey?

    HELP ME 😀

  20. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    Foreground color: black
    Background color: white

    Thats all 🙂

  21. esem says:

    really a great tutorial. =) thank you!! am gonna watch for ur other tuts. hehe.. 😀

  22. Sakisds says:

    Great tutorial! Thx a lot!

  23. Manuel says:

    my picture keeps coming out quite grainy what can I
    do to fix it ?

  24. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    Probably use a higher quality brush.

  25. Jack says:

    great tut. not so detailed that im sitting here for hours eading it but enough to be easily done by anyone. excelent. sorry for spelling =}

  26. roch says:

    i cant do the D thing… theres no “color” in my layer tab..

  27. roch says:

    ive figure it out.. haha.. thnx!

  28. bertha says:

    what do you mean ‘color’ on step 5?

  29. Ruslan Julbarissow says:

    Bertha: Layer effects – Color 🙂

  30. herryC says:

    Can you give me a reason why should we use render>clouds before using Gaussian blur (step 5)? Why don’t just straightly give it a blur? And why do you recommend vivid light instead of overlay (step 5)?

  31. Mavis says:

    Dear Mr.R0man

    How do you do ?

    I would like to know ,may I using the brush by your design on business ?

    Your early reply on the matter will be highly appreciated.

    Your faithfully,


  32. Aleksnder says:

    Dude, you are the best, I’ve been searching the net for this kinda stuff, your’s is the best. 😀

    Thank you!!!!

  33. Rav says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Works brilliantly with amazing results.

  34. Shell says:

    First thing I’ve created via Photoshop! Very easy to follow… 🙂

  35. nix says:

    wow! first tutorial with such a great effect, thanks!

  36. Laurens says:

    Is it possible to create this with another background (not black)? If so, how? Thanks

  37. Guy111 says:

    Hey, i don’t understand the part, when you have to take the big 300 pixel brush.

  38. Lauri11 says:

    There is no such thing as “color” in CS3. At least i cant find it. Its not in the Layer menu.

  39. Lauri11 says:

    This cant be done in CS3 i swear to god.

  40. Lauri11 says:

    Ok sorry just me being dumb, got it.

  41. B4ttl3m4st3r says:

    Hello r0man,
    These things you’re creating are really awesome!
    Thanks for your effor!
    Im working with Photoshop for like 3 years now and I never have done a think like is shown on top of this site.
    Looks really cool and interesting!
    So I’ve tried to do on my own but unfortunately I failed at Step 5. >_<

    Maybe you can help me to continue and can explain this Step again?
    I really would appreciate you for this pleasure ^^
    It would help alot if you explain in german =P

    Thanks for listening,

  42. nesh says:

    Oh my God! I love you! I am very new to photoshop but even then it turned out gorgeous! thank you so much! you made the tutorial so easy!
    I wish I had a photoshop tutor like you. 😀

  43. Anonymous says:

    Great Tutorial. I Love This Very Much. Thanks 

  44. Steve says:

    Its so helpful ! Thanks a lot!

  45. Eduardo Tambunan says:

    i’m just 3 days learn potoshop  ( o yea….learn by googling ,lol).
    u know what?
    this is was easier tutorial i’ve read in last 3 days 😀

  46. clindoeil says:

    it’s a great tutorial … but it works only on black background 
    A possibility to make something else on an other background ? Thanks !

  47. r0mande says:

    clindoeil I’d suggest to use ‘overlay’ instead of the vidid light. 15 seconds example is attached

  48. clindoeil says:

    r0mande clindoeil

    Looks very very nice …. I am going to try asap !
    Thanks a looooooot !    you are great !

  49. r0mande says:

    clindoeil r0mande Send me a mail ( if you need the .psd file 😉

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