Photoshop Madness : Make Your Own Angry Bird Fan Art With Photoshop

by Fred Showker

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Incorporating digital painting techniques

Step 7

Now it’s time to incorporate digital painting techniques to make this manipulation more 3D. Use a Hard Round Brush with a crisp edge of 100% Hardness to paint solid colors for the beak and eyes.

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Let’s add some shadows! Use the Ellipse Tool (U) to create a circle of shadow underneath the bird.

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Then add a New Layer above the base and set it as a Clipping Mask to the base. Set the layer to Multiply and use a Soft Round Brush to paint black shadow in a circular shape around the bird’s body. Continue shading the bird with black shadow until you feel it looks more round.

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Step 8

Continue painting on more new layers set as Clipping Masks to the base. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to create small selections around each feature. Use these selections to help you paint more shadows. By doing this, you keep the shadows within the selection and you don’t have to worry about creating a mess!

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Step 9

Time for highlights! Set a New Layer above all your shading to Linear Dodge (Add) and use a light tan color to paint highlights on top of the bird. Bring some of those highlights down onto the brows and it will really push them forward.

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Step 10

Elaborate on the texture of the feathers by painting highlights all over the bird on the same layer. Use tiny white strokes in the direction of the feathers to make them pop out.

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Give some love to the edges too! Paint that feathery texture along the edges so that it doesn’t look like a clean line. It helps if you paint white highlights on the top for a cool rim light effect.

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Step 11

Almost finished! Merge all the layers together and continue to refine your awesome fan art. Add some dramatic shadow underneath the beak for more character. Use a Hard Round Brush to make sure your edges are crisp all around the bird.

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For the last step, create a New Adjustment Layer of Curves. Adjust the curves for the RGB and Blue Channels to add bright blue tones to your art to balance out the warm ones.

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When you’re finished, get ready to load your angry bird up into a launcher for some destruction! I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun tutorial.

Use these same techniques to create your own fan art for any of your favorite characters. Good luck!

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Special thanks go out to Annabelle Yeoh and 123RF in Hong Kong for sending in this tutorial! 123RF is a royalty-free digital media library offering a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips, logo designs and illustrations.
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