Photoshop tutorial: Paint 80s airbrush effects

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

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Step 5 Start converting the shadings to colour using the hue and saturation settings as shown. Set the dark shadings layers to Multiply to blend against the skin tone. Add tints to the face by brushing different colours near the edges of the face. They will be masked within the face shape.

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Step 6 Now add some colour to the nose. With the black shadows’ blending mode set to Multiply, apply a Gaussian blur with a Radius of 2 pixels to soften the nostrils path. Using a soft brush, add some shine on the tip of the nose as well as the bottom.

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Step 7 Block the eye with a light grey base colour. Apply shadins with a Multiply blending mode and highlights with Overlay. Fill in the pupil with details and light reflections. Add subtle details to the eye such as glittering shadows by using a white brush.

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