Step 4: Begin Painting

■ You could begin painting now, but you would not be able to see the rough sketch, so you do not know where to paint! To view the sketch too, click Layer 1 in the Layers palette to make it the active layer. Click in the Mode box and choose Multiply from the pop-up menu.

■ You must now click the Paint Layer layer in the Layers box to reset it as the active layer. If you do not, you will paint over the rough sketch and depending on your brush settings, you could ruin the sketch.

■ Finally, you can begin painting! If you have a Wacom pen tablet, this is a perfect time to use it. Begin painting long brushstrokes down the edges of the bottles. Paint in the label areas and in the caps of the bottles. To make the painting look consistent with the loose pen and ink sketch, brush roughly and let some of the paint flow outside the bottles.

■ After you have a light layer of paint on the image, you can darken some of the areas in several ways. You can change the blend mode, or you can change Opacity in the Options bar.

■ Besides painting directly from the digital photo in the bottom layer, you can also change to the Brush tool (B) and paint with a color found in the sketch by clicking a chosen color in the image with the Eye Dropper tool. As there is not much color on the surface where the bottles are sitting, select a couple of gray or tan colors with the Eye Dropper tool and paint the horizontal surface with one of the large watercolor brushes using these two colors.

■ To add a bit more character to the sketch, use colors similar to those that you used on the surface below the bottles and paint horizontal and vertical lines with the brush tool around the tops of the bottles.

As your painting develops, try varying the Flow and Opacity settings. Also, try changing to one of the other blend modes, such as: Soft Light, Hard Light, and Darken. Other brushes worth considering

include: Oil Medium Flow, Oil Pastel Large, and Charcoal Large Smear.

My two-minute sketch is shown in Figure 32.21.

There are many, many other things you can do to this image. After you paint all that you want to paint in the paint layer, you can apply a texture by choosing Filter ^ Texture ^ Texturizer to the Paint Layer layer. You can paint on the sketch layer and mix colors directly with the black markers. Running various filters on the background layer and then blending that layer with the other layers can create some interesting effects. Likewise, you can apply filters and change colors of the paint layer by using tools, such as Hue/Saturation, Levels, Curves, and Color Balance. You can even invert the sketch layer to get an image such as the one shown in Figure 32.22. The possibilities are almost limitless. Try a few different approaches and then use one of your own photos. Pick a line drawing technique that you like and create some cool prints in just a few minutes using your own photos!

The next technique is similar to this technique in many ways, except you use the colors from the original photo and use filters to make the painting instead of using the Brush or History Brush tools. After completing both techniques, you may find combinations of the two techniques that work well, too.

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