Face Shading in Photoshop
● Shading gives your work depth and expression. It makes your portrait more compelling and interesting.
● There are several different ways to achieve this sense of depth, including burning, or painting the object with a darker color. Either way, shading gives focus and attention to your portrait …
✓ Lasso Tool✓ Brush Tool✓ Gaussian Blur✓ Burn Tool
• This is the 3rd Tutorial in a series designed to help students complete the Photoshop Portrait Project:
1 - Line Art 2 - Face Color 3 - Face Shading 4 - Hair 5 - Highlights 6 - Eyes
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Step #1: Make a New Layer ~
✗ Open your sketch from this tutorial …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ Create a New Layer above the face color and call it face shade.
Step #2: Lasso Tool ~
✗ A good technique is to select the area around the edge of your face with the Lasso Tool.
Step #3: Set your Color ~
✗ Now, set your color DARKER than the skin color.
Step #4: Select a Soft Round Brush ~
✗ Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
✗ … click to open the Brush Preset picker …
✗ … and pick a Soft Round Brush.
Step #5: Start Painting ~
✗ Gently brush inside the selected area.
✗ Do this all around your face.
✗ The Color used here is #b99e82 but use any color you like.
Step #6 : Blurring ~
✗ Make sure the face shade layer is selected …
✗ … and go to: Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
✗ Apply the Gausian Blur as needed to make your shading blend gracefully.
Step #7: Burn Tool ~
✗ Next, get the Burn Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (O) …
✗ … swap the range from Shadows to Midtones to Highlights until you find what works.
✗ … and turn off Protect Tones.
✗ Try a large grungy brush …
✗ … also raise the Exposure as needed …
✗ … and burn burn burn! Burn around the edges to add the illusion of depth.
✗ The Burn Tool makes everything darker!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your file as a .psd
• 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.