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Step 6: Adding Details

When the underpainting was laid in, I saved my file and begin refining the forms. To add new color while modeling the highlights and shadows on the forms, I used the Flat Blunt Soft Medium and a Moist or Wet setting in the Useful Mixer Brush Combinations menu. Figure 15 shows a detail of the final modeling in process. I used loose brushstrokes to sculpt the forms of the tulip. Figure 16 shows my final study of the tulip.

Figure 15

Figure 15 In this detail, you can see the loosely painted brushwork on the flower, and the subtle range of browns painted on the background. With the Mixer brushes, you can paint realistic brush effects.

Figure 16

Figure 16 In the completed Tulip Study, you can see the modeled forms and brighter highlights.

Good work! You have completed the project. In this article, you learned more about painting with the Mixer brushes, including using the Live Preview, and custom brush settings in the Brush panel. Happy painting!

For more information about painting with Photoshop using a Wacom tablet and the Mixer brushes, check out my earlier article “ Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Realistic Wet and Dry Paint Effects for Creating Luminous Images,” and my book The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition.

Cher Pendarvis started with a child's fascination with art, and graduated from college with a BFA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art, specializing in painting and printmaking. A pioneer of the electronic medium, Cher has worked alongside other notables from the early digital era, trailblazing the merging of traditional and digital art forms. Her digital illustrations have been published since 1987. Cher is widely recognized for her mastery of Painter and Photoshop. Her articles and art span nearly three decades of influential books and periodicals. She is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design, and authored all 10 editions of The Painter WOW! Book and both editions of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad. Cher's artwork has been exhibited in group exhibitions and individual shows, and can be found in private collections in the United States and overseas. She is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and the Point Loma Artists Association. An encouraging teacher, she has taught art, illustration, and graphic design courses for colleges in San Diego, and she has conducted Painter and Photoshop workshops for professionals in print and broadcast media in the U.S. and overseas. To learn more about Cher, please visit her website at

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