With the right knowledge, the brush tool in Photoshop can be extremely powerful. In this tutorial, Zhiyi Zheng will use digital painting techniques to create a photo realistic illustration of a swan inside a wine glass. This concept will begin as a sketch and then slowly build up to the final result. Let’s get started!
First, let’s take a look at the brushes that will be used. Zhiyi Zheng only uses two basic brushes here, brush 1 is used to soften hard edges and make gradient transitions, its advantage is no need to pick color when paint in grayscale, you can gradually build up a gray scale of any level with a pressure tablet using pure black and white. Brush 2 is actually a basic hard round brush with shape dynamics option on. Brush 2 has very vivid edge. Zhiyi Zheng uses brush 2 mainly as a texture brush and sketching pen. The concept of this painting is a crystal swan bathing in a glass of water, light shines directly from top. There are three materials in the painting: crystal swan, water, and glass.