Photoshop tutorial: Paint 80s airbrush effects

Improve your Photoshop brush skills, working with a variety of different brush heads for varying effects


Step 8 Apply some makeup by brushing pink, grey and green on the side of the eye and set the layer mode to Overlay. Duplicate this whole group and flip it to form the right eye. Take note of details such as the direction of light reflection to avoid being too symmetrical.


Step 9 Using a soft brush, fill in the lips with a pinkish base colour. Build up details such as a lipgloss effect by brushing over white colour and carefully erasing lines using the Eraser tool. Set this layer to Overlay. Add some tints to the lips by experimenting with different coloured brushes and set their layers to Multiply, Soft Light or Overlay.


Step 10 Add some subtle details to the face, such as skin textures, by using a white brush. Turn on the Airbrush setting and set the Opacity to 70% and the Flow to 70%. Select Scattering in the Brushes panel and set the Scatter to 393%. Set these layers to Soft Light with the Opacity at 60%.

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