How to Paint Tattoos On Your Digital Painting Portraits

How to Paint Tattoos On Your Digital Painting Portraits

September 4, 2019 12 By Peter Engel


In this video, I’m going to teach you how
to apply tattoo with a technique that is going to be useful for you to apply
all sorts of different things. We’ll use a 2D graphics and apply it to a 3D form.
We will also play with the lighting and understand the lighting of shape, to make
sure that the element that we’re adding to it are looking more realistic. Hi guys! This is David from Paintable, and
today I want to show you how to apply tattoos to your paintings. And to do so,
I’m going to use these two graphics here that I have. It’s a butterfly with a skull
and I have this sunburst. And we’re gonna use those two graphics and I’m going to
create a tattoo for my painting. So here I have my painting and as you
can see, she doesn’t have any tattoos yet. So we’re going to change that. And here I
have on two separate layers my graphics, that i’m going to use to apply on my
character here. Now the first thing that you want to do is study and understand
the shape of your character here. And for that, I’ll just give you a little hint, and I
created some graphic to make you understand. So the way you want to you
want to think about it is in form or geometry. So you want to imagine the the
back in this case as if it is a big block, and you want to get the right angle.
So what I did here is I just created some simple graphic for you to
understand. And so what you have is a slight curve like this, that curves outside, and this is basically the angle that I want to give my tattoo when I’m
going to place them. And you’ll understand in a minute what I mean by
that. What you also need to understand is the fact that the back has not just one
simple shape. It has different shapes on it, and those shapes need to be shown at
some point when I’m going to apply my tattoo. Rest assured that I’m going to show you
every detail now so you can understand. So first of all, what we’re going to do
is we’re going to place those tattoos now. I could place those two tattoos at the
same time, but it’s going to be easier to place each of them separately. So I’m
going to start with the butterfly. So the first thing I’m going to do is
transform this shape. So I’m going to do COM + T, and it’s going to give me the tool
for me to be able to transform it. Now there are many ways you can transform it.
If you simply click on the corner, you’ll have access to stretching and moving
them and making them bigger, if you do the same thing, but you keep SHIFT on lock, you’ll be able to make it bigger proportionally, if we draw from the bottom,
it’s still going to stretch it though. We can also click on each corner and then
press COMMAND, and you can see now it’s changing to an arrow, and that’s going to
give me the opportunity to use only one corner. So now you see I can move only
one corner. Now if I press on one corner, and press ALT, it’s going to give me a mirror effect. So now the same corner at the extremity here is moving as well. And
if I’m doing this, ALT + SHIFT at the same time, now I can play with the
perspective of it, as you can see now. So it’s looking like it’s coming from over here,
and it’s bigger there. So I got like a perspective that goes over here
in the horizon. Alright, so now we know all that, we’re
just going to place that on the back in the right way. So first I’m
going to bring it to the back, and I’m just going to align the top of the butterfly
with the middle of the spine, and I need to change the angle of the wing. So I’m
going to click in the middle with COMMAND, and I’m going to use as well ALT, and
that will be able to move with mirror effect the two wings, and get that angle
that I need. Then I’m going to click on the upper right corner, and click on
COMMAND + ALT + SHIFT, to bring back that perspective, and then I’ll take the middle here, and by clicking on ALT only, I’m going to bring back everything like this.
From there I’m just going to replace the middle, so I’m going to take in the
middle one with COMMAND, and just bring that corner here. And I’ll do the same
thing with the top one. So right now the butterfly looks a
little bit more like it’s from there, now I’m just going to replace it a little
bit, just like this. And the only thing I need to do now is to change the
roundness of it. Right now it’s really rigid, and the back is round here.
So I’m going to click here on the warp tool. Now the warp tool is going to give me the
opportunity to change the shape a little bit more. So as you can see with the warp tool,
I got nine squares. And the nine squares, I can move. I can also move each corner. so
I can move the square, I can move the corner, and I can also move those little
handles here that would give me curves. So from here, what I need to know is how the
back is moving. So first I’m going to bring back that wing, because I know it’s
curving away from the shoulder. And I’m going to do the same thing here. I’m
going to turn everything a little bit more to the right because the back
is going over there. Just bring all the elements like this, making sure that it’s
following the curve of the back. That seems okay to me.
So when you’re happy with the result, you simply have to hit ENTER. And now we have something that is
fitted to the back. Now the only thing that we have to do now is to make sure that the
wing is cut. And for that I’m going to use a mask. So I’m going to click on the
mask icon and it’s going to bring in a mask. And from here, with a brush, I’ll paint black, and I’ll be able to mask the wing here. Alright! So now I’m going to do the same thing with the Sunburst. So I’m gonna open the sunburst right here. I’m going to place
it, and I’m going to basically do the same thing. I’m going to COMMAND T,
and transform it, to get the same proportions. Just like that… Give it a little roundness,
make sure that it fits the back… And press ENTER. Now what I need to do is to
simply cut the parts that don’t need from the sunburst. So I’m simply going to
click on the layer of the butterfly, and select the butterfly. And
from there I’ll do is go to Select, Modify and I’ll do Expand. And I’ll give
it around 20 pixels. And it’s going to expand everything. And I’ll use this new
selection to delete what I don’t need from the sunburst right now.
And I’ll just make sure to clean it everywhere, on the parts that I don’t need, and I’ll add a new mask on
this one. And I’ll do the same thing, I’m just going to mask what I don’t need
from the sunburst. Now I’ll use a soft round brush here, and just take out some dots a little bit, we don’t need that much. There you go. Alright! From here, what we’ll
do is we’ll make sure that it doesn’t look like it’s just stamped on her, and it’s
actual tattoo. Ok so the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going
to make sure that they have the same color. And to do so I’m going to create a
group, which on the group, I will add an effect. So I’m going to click on the
effects here and then I’m gonna choose color overlay. Now this layer style is going to
appear, and in color overlay, the default will be gray. I’m going to click on that
gray and I’ll be able to change it. But before I do that, I’m going to put those
two tattoos and I’m going to put them in my group, so now everything is in one
group, and I’ll add the color overlay. And as you can see, it did the colors of
everything that’s in the group. So now I can actually change it. And I probably
want something that’s a greenish, darkish, tattoo-ish color.
Something like that. Seems already a better color for that. Now from here what I will want to do is make a copy of this. So what I’m going to
do is simply do COMMAND + J, and then COMMAND + E, and it’s going to make one
layer. So right now I have my group, which has my two tattoos in it, but the one I’m going
to use is this new layer with the whole tattoo on it. And that way, I’ll be able
to add effects to those two at the same time. And first effect that I want to add
is some blur. So I’m going to go over Filter here, Blur and I’m going to choose Gaussian Blur. And I don’t want to add too much here. Something between one and two should be fine. I think that one is enough here. So I’m going to add one, just to
make sure that i have just a little bit more blurriness to it. And here what I’m
going to do is I’m going to make a mask, and on that mask, now what I want to do
is delete a little bit of the parts of this tattoo. Now, remember that the
back has different shapes, and it’s going to be here that we need to actually show
that. So I’m going to paint on the mask with a soft round brush, at all the places that there’s much light. Because where there’s going to be light, the tattoo is going to be more pale. So
I’m just going to paint a little bit just to add a little bit more 3D shape
to this. So everywhere there’s more light, and I’m just going to delete it a little bit, and
that way I’ll be able to show the form of the back. Just a little bit more here…
On the actual spine… Now it already looks a little bit like it’s
a part of it. So from here, what you could do now is to add a color blending mode. But the color blending will change the color drastically. If I go into
Multiply, you’ll see it’s going to get that really dark green, which looks good. If I go to color burn, then it’s going to be almost
pitch-black, and that looks good as well. It is really up to you to find a color
blending mode that matches. You could also keep it to normal and just decide to paint a
little bit more on it and define some details. This is entirely up to you. There are many
ways at this point, you just make sure that that this tattoo looks a little bit
more harmonious to your painting. For me, I think I’m just going to use the
color burn, and put down the opacity a little bit. And even though it changed
the green, I think that this color looks better. And from here what I’ll do is
continue painting on it, until I get to a result that looks the best with this
illustration. And that’s all for today, guys!
I hope to find this tutorial helpful. And please, if you liked this tutorial, feel free to leave me a comment in the comments below this video, or like, or share, and stay tuned for more tutorials. And as usual…
Happy Painting!