Alright guys, here you go:
Yuiichi's Brush Background Tutorial
Made with: Photoshop
For now, I won't include any pictures. I might update in a few hours with some
What you want to start off with is: An image without a background
and a canvas big enough for your background
Note: my sigs are usually 370x160, just to give you a background size idea.
To get your image to have no background, refer to this
tutorial by KiNa
Reminder: Before you start, make sure that you have 3 layers: one for the background, one for brushing, and one for the character.
KiNa reminded me! You should have 3
layers. For the background, you probably want a colour that matches your character (such as a midtone hair colour). The brushing layer goes on top of this one and blends nicely if you use the hair colours.
What I do first is select the Brush tool
, and then select the brush I want from the drop down menu. The brush I choose is going to also be part of the brush set I will use for the entire sig. For colour, select the lightest colour
in the characters hair
. In sigs, hair is usually one thing that always is there, so you'll never have problems with colour scheme.
Now, just experiment with those brushes! Go wild! BUT
, don't over do it yet.
Once you are satisfied with your result from that colour and brush, try out another brush with that colour. If the background seems a bit boring, never fear! Get a new colour (a darker one from the characters hair) and give it a whir.
My key is: never use too much of one colour and brush.
It's usually one or two clicks per brush with one colour, and then I either switch brushes or colours.
Thats all there is to it! For more varried results, try different brush sets together - sometimes you'll come up with nice results!
Experiment. Thats what brushing is all about!