ratemydrawings Drawing Tutorial

Lady's JavaDraw Tips & Tricks

I've been asked so many times to do a tutorial and I've done loads of screenshots, so I finally put one together. This tutorial covers some of my java tricks.

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by LadyoftheMirror




Step 1

As this tutorial is about effects not actually drawing, I picked a finished picture to mess with. The quality is messed up lol, but this is the drawing I chose to butcher. XD.

Before you start any of these effects, I recommend merging all layers into one, or you'll get confused.


Step 2

This first effect is a 'canvas' effect. All you do is open a new layer, go to Effects down to Noise and Render Monochromatic.

Be sure you make a new layer for the noise, >.<""... now for the fun part. :D



Step 3

Now, open Textures. (you find this if you click View then Palletes) Select the smudge or blur tool and make the brush size 100, dragging across the noise with one of the textures. I like to use the horizontal and vertical lines.

Once you're done, the noise will start to look more like a canvas. For a more noticeable look, select one of the dots textures and erase the canvas with it.


Step 4

I didn't like the black and white canvas, so I changed it to a softer yellow. To change the color of your canvas, do NOT use Lock Alpha, that won't work.

Make a layer above the nose layer and fill it in with a color you like. Anything but pure black or white will work. In the layers box, change the layer with the color from Normal to Soft Light and merge the colored layer down.

Do NOT merge ALL layers, just the color and the noise and keep the original in its own layer. D:


Step 5

Once you have the noise/canvas layer how you like it, mess with the different layer effects until you find one you like!

If you're not sure what i mean by layer effects, notice that i have changed the Canvas layer to Lighten. O.o



Step 6

I thought it still looked too much like the original so I made a new layer, filled it with a gold, and used another layer effect to change the colors a little.

I only used a solid color here, but it's fun to experiment with different colors on a new layer and seeing how they change the original drawing.


Step 7

It's hard to see from this picture, but I duplicated the Original layer. and turned off the other ones.

Open Textures again and with the Smudge tool smear the drawing with as many textures as you want.. make sure this is a duplicate layer and that you use Smudge and not Blur. Blur will mix up all the colors.


Step 8

Now take the blurred messed up layer and pick a setting you like the look of. I chose Multiply because I liked the darker colors and how some of the blurred textures stood out.

Once you have a layer setting you like, merge it down to the original. It's not shown, but I merged all layers here and was back to one layer.


Step 9

In order to get richer colors, I duplicated the original layer again and blurred it.

To find the blur box, click on Effects.


Step 10

Look through the layer settings until you find one you like. I used Hard Light.


Step 11

The finished image got cut off. . . Q.Q Oh well.

This is my first tutorial, I hope it wasn't too confusing. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message.

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