Blending colors in Adobe Photoshop with the Liquify filter, the Smudge tool, and exclusive Creative Cloud brushes can yield vivid results. See how senior art director Lidia Lukianova paints textures on a still image to add a creative touch.
Lidia Lukianova is an artist and designer with a passion for illustration. She primarily works with the iPad to create illustrations, lettering, and animation.
O que você precisará
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Pick your subject
Lukianova opened an image of a grayscale flower. She held Command (macOS), Control (Windows), and clicked the flower in the Layers panel. Then, she clicked the Create new fill layer icon at the bottom of the panel, chose Solid Color, and selected black to fill in the flower.
Choose a brush or two
From the Brushes panel, Lukianova selected the Soft Round brush set to magenta. Before she painted on different parts of the flower, Photoshop prompted her to rasterize the layer. Next, she chose the Ultimate Pastel Palooza brush from illustrator Kyle T. Webster’s Dry Media brush pack and added cyan and yellow strokes.
Swirl the colors
To create the marble texture, Lukianova applied the Liquify filter (Filter > Liquify). She adjusted the brush Size and Density. Then, she used the Forward Warp tool in the Liquify workspace to mix the colors.
Blend the texture
Lukianova set the Blend Mode of the texture layer to Color.
Expand the look
The Smudge tool allowed Lukianova to spread the colors and wrap the texture around the flower. She finished the look by adding in a black background.
Mix it up
Choose from a wide range of brushes to design new special effects.
Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.