Coloring your Face in Photoshop

  ●   Color your line drawings in Photosohp.

Learn About:

Pen Tool Color Picker Layers

  •   This is the 2nd Tutorial in a series designed to help students complete the Portrait Project:

1 - Line Art   2 - Face Color   3 - Face Shading   4 - Hair   5 - Highlights   6 - Eyes  

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Step #1: Face Color ~

Open your sketch from this tutorial




… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Make sure you are in RGB mode by going to: Image > Mode > RGB


If you see this: hit Don't Merge

Step #2: Make a New Layer ~

Create a New Layer beneath your sketch layer by Cmd(⌘)+Clicking on the "Create a new layer" icon

… and name the new layer face color.

Make sure your sketch layer is locked lock and your face color layer is beneath it!

Step #3: Pen Tool ~

Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

… on the Face Color layer you made, begin to outline with the Pen Tool.



Using the Pen Tool is a lot like playing Connect-the-Dots.


Be sure to finish where you started to close the shape.


The close shape tool has a little circle:


Step #4: Make Selection ~

Once you get the lines adjusted to your liking, Right-Click inside the closed shape and select Make Selection …

Step #5: Find your Face Color ~

Click this link: or and find a color that matches your skin tone …

… and copy the hex code number of the color.

Step #6: Paste the Color Code Number ~

Double-Click the Foreground Color

… and paste the hex code here:

Step #7: Paintbrush ~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

… use the paintbrush to fill in your face.

Last Step: Save & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd

save as .psd

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

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