How to Use Texture Brushes in Adobe Photoshop – Digital Painting Tutorial

Hi guys!
Today I want to show you a little bit more about texture, and how I use the texture brushes that I have.
Basically, I want to show you simple rendering with texture brushes, and how I approach it. Because it is a different way I guess to approach it,
and I want to show you my technique, because I feel like it’s the easiest way to actually learn it. So basically here, I just have two circles.
And first, on the first circle, I want to show you what will be the most
simple way to actually make a sphere out of this. So the easiest way to do this would be to actually use a soft round brush like this. And basically I would paint the whole circle in black, and then use some gray, and just use the
brush to actually make the rendering of it, and make it look like it’s a sphere.
And just with the same brush like this, I would be able to make it look like a
sphere. And then if I wanted to have a hard edged brush to just add a little
spot where it looka a little bit more sparkly like this, I would be able to do it.
When it comes to texture brushes, it’s the same kind of thinking:
you need to have a soft brush, and a hard edge brush. So what I did here is I prepared for you
a selection of the texture brushes that I like to use. The first one is a hard edged brush, and the last three are a little bit more soft. Basically, you can use any of those
brushes and I’ll just give you a demonstration here. And the way it works is I would
probably paint just a simple rendering like this, and just be really fast on it,
and just use the hard edge brush like this. And then I would use a
softer brush but something with texture, so this one has texture in it.
And just start to render the edges of it. And it’s going to give
me a result as fair, but it’s not perfectly round like this one here.
And so I’m going to render the edges like this Now this is going to take more time,
a little bit more sampling tools, and as you can see. I’m picking colors and values actually
here and there, to just start rendering it. And slowly, what I’m doing is I’m painting over all
the edges that I just created. But at the same time, I’m making it more
round. And now at this point, it’s up to you to decide when it’s rendered enough
for you. In my case I could actually say that this is rendered enough. It’s not perfectly round, and if I wanted
to add a little spot, I could actually take a hard edge brush, and then just add a
little spot of shininess here. So that’s how i use the hard edge brushes
and the soft brushes with texture. So that’s really an easy exercise. And if
you want, you can download this PSD below this video, and take the brushes and
install them as well. But i’m not going to stop here. I’m actually going to show you how I
would approach the whole thing on a portrait. So here I have a simple outline of this
guy. And I’ll give you the link so you can actually go download this
picture if you want to try this. And basically what I need to start here
besides this outline is a marquee all around it. And here I have it already. You can create it with either the lasso tool (the polygon one works well), or you can take the pen tool. As long as you have a marquee, it’s going
to help you. And what I’ll do first create a new
layer under the lines. And I’ll first fill it up with some grey. In this case, I’ll take something a
little bit more pale, and then what I’ll use is the texture brush which looks a
little bit more like a soft edge brush. And I’ll start my basic rendering so
it’s going to start by just adding, you know, a little bit more of the rendering,
but with some texture at the beginning. And so at this point, I’m going very loose. I’m not worried about any details, I’m just painting with my texture brush
over the places that I said is darker. So I can see that under the nose here, a
bit here, and all those places and for that kind of start, you want to start
from actually far away a little bit. Just to be able to see all the different values everywhere.
And I won’t do the clothing right now, but just a little bit maybe. Basically, you want to just add some
texture and some rendering at the same time. And once the first
rendering like this is in place, I will then paint on top of my lines,
to make them disappear slowly. So right now, it’s just a matter
of adding a little bit more shadow here and there, and I think that from here–
from here, I will start to paint on top the lines. So I’m going to create a new layer of top of the lines and then I’ll just go a little bit closer. And to help me, I will also just put my line a little bit less apparent. A little bit more transparent, like this, around 50%. From here it’s gonna be easier. And
from here, it’s the same thing that I did with the circle. So basically I’m going
to take a hard edge brush, And I’m going to start to render, starting by painting say, the eyelid here, I’m just going to
paint this. When I want to make a transition, then I’m going to take a softer brush, but something with with some texture, and just create that
transition. Then I’ll go back to a hard edge brush, and just continue painting. It’s a technique that requires a little bit more patience. And from here. it’s basically the same thing that I’ll do over and over again. just trying to
render with one brush then switch to something softer, if I want to have a
softer transition. But still with something with texture. So I’m going to
do that for the next few minutes, and I’ll stop a little bit later to show you
a little bit more details. Ok so from here, I feel like I have like
a basic plan done. As you can see, there’s like rough parts a little bit
everywhere. And at this point, what I’m going to do is to go a little bit
more in details. I’m still going to use the same kind of
brushes so, hard edge and softer edge with the texture, but I’m just going to go
more in details. So I’m going to start by rendering the eyes
and just walk around everywhere, and try to render it to a point that I feel
comfortable. So there you go! There’s a little bit
more detail here, and as you can see, I’ve been using only the same kind of brushes:
so the hard edge brushes and the softer brush with texture, to render a little bit more. And at this point, I feel like this study
is pretty much already done. Obviously, it’s up to me to just add more
time, and more detail to it but I think at this stage is pretty much done. So there you go! If you want to have the set
of brushes that I’m using for this tutorial, you can download them at the
bottom of this video. I will also give you a link where you can actually see
this picture online, and from there, you can actually give it a try. And that’s it for this tutorial!
I hope that you find this helpful. And as usual…
Happy Painting!


  1. Ron Gray August 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Excellent. Great brushes too.

  2. Rudy R August 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Lovin these mini tutorials…..

  3. Grenader August 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Great! Waiting for next cool episode like this one

  4. Rodrigo Lopes August 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    How do you resize your brush with the mouse/tablet? I just know the [ and ] hot keys. Didn't we could do that in PS.

  5. Aka Akiru August 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    This is really useful!

  6. Kamal Sabagh August 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    how can i have your brushes?

  7. Kones Graphicz August 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Very good video!! Respect from Greece!

  8. gopal v August 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm


  9. Davante Johnson October 11, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Also I love that you have tutorials in both English and Spanish.

  10. Lisa Maier March 1, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

  11. Manisha Chan May 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    your channel is amazing! thank you SO much

  12. Thye Aun Ngo June 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

    thank you sir for helping beginners out! tqvm

  13. joaquin oswaldo chavez rodriguez July 7, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Thank you very much🤗!

  14. Daniel Brocki July 10, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Do you have any texture brushes for Procreate users?

  15. Mehdi FRITAH July 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Very useful Thanks a looot !

  16. zangzeyiXY October 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  17. Wanilla _Art December 13, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I couldn’t find the reference photo, i couldn’t find it from the link in the description

  18. Hadeel Img March 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

    guys, where the link of the brushes!

  19. Esmene April 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

    your intro was way louder than your voice during this video

  20. Ryden Oliver August 31, 2018 at 10:10 am

    This is so so so well presented. You're a huge help.

  21. Project Alpha October 1, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    god this is perfect, thank you so much

  22. KonradGM October 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    texture brushes don't work, instead you download some other project

  23. vincenzo birleone December 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    please how can i lay hands on those brushes

  24. Tejal Gv April 1, 2019 at 8:38 am

    what a talent!!

  25. Sandeep Vanderwall April 27, 2019 at 3:35 am

    greatest tutorial

  26. Sam Haynes May 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    What are your eyedropper/color picker settings for this?

  27. Lisa Maier June 1, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Thank you so much. I always love to recap as a reminder before I begin a new project. Stay well!

  28. Wiktor Batorczyk June 19, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    The final result looks amazing! I didn't expect that artwork with this technique will look ad great as yours! It was so helpful. Could you do a film about turning grayscale to color? Thank You

  29. Lekan Asani August 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Thank you so much brother! Thank you!!

  30. sehaj bamrah November 12, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Dude.. i was searching for how to paint traditionaly on photoshop and this is the only video that really helped me…THANKS for brushes.

  31. ITry2beeFunny November 29, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    oh that's how you do it

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