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PS - quick hair tutorial by ceruleanvii PS - quick hair tutorial by ceruleanvii
Some people have asked how I paint hair. I don't really have a special "technique", I just kind of do it, but here's the basic steps I use, hopefully this is helpful to someone. Sorry for the humongous image, but this is all about detail.

This is assuming you have Photoshop and a tablet.

Edited 10/5 : I've re-formatted this so hopefully it is easier to follow as a tutorial -
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:iconharryhobbes:
harryhobbes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Great tutorial, thank you Love 
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:iconwakagi-chan:
Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for the tips!

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:iconviolinwire:
Violinwire Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good tutorial!!it should work!
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:iconjazzido:
jazzido Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice.
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:iconlinstock:
Linstock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Wow...I'm gonna be studying this! Thanks
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:iconroxavium:
roxavium Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Just WOWWWWWW......!!!!!!
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:iconusayfudo:
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! :D
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:iconambientdream:
ambientdream Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i think your hair looks the best of all tutorials. I'm going to try out this, thanks for sharing :'D
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:iconkashiwagiai:
KashiwagiAi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
very cool!
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:iconfrostbo:
FrostBo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work
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:iconbdunn1342:
bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial and the pointers about using different modes. I look forward to trying it out!
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Trip-Like-I-Do Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist
awesome!:worship:
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:iconphilluppus:
Philluppus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   General Artist
thank u for the tut
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vapourgrafix Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
supposing one doesn't have a tablet, how can one substitute.
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Astarsia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thank you, i used this as a general guide to doing my own style of hair - it certainly saved me alot of time and effort.

[link]

take care and ty.
:heart:
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome, glad it helped you out!
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:iconastarsia:
Astarsia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
:heart:
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:iconblue-jaryn:
blue-jaryn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this, painting hair is something I definitely still find a challenge.
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:iconignisdrakos:
IgnisDrakos Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
these are amazing thanks it really helps
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:iconworldaftermidnight:
worldaftermidnight Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Wow. So beautiful! Thank you for the helpful tutorial!
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:iconbeforeandaftermai:
BeforeAndAfterMai Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try this out :D But I bet it won't look half as good as this one xD
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walking-on-air Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmisperceptions:
misperceptions Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
hi. hes kinda gorgeous. XD

veryvery helpful. thanks!
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:iconliark2z:
liark2z Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :love:
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ReixKai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
This is great and really helpful! I just want to ask, I was considering to buy a different photoshop because at the moment I only have corel paint and photoshop element 7.0, so I was wondering what version of photoshop do you often use?
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I use CS2 at home, CS4 at work - for digital painting there's not a huge difference. If you're going to splurge, CS5 just came out and that has the latest everything!
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:iconreixkai:
ReixKai Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
:3 thank you for the info
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:iconangelusnoir:
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009   General Artist
I'm inspired to really practise now...:XD!!
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:iconchaos-of-mind:
Chaos-of-Mind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Awesome, really. I couldn't make it as lively as you do.

Can I ask what types of brush you used?
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! For the basic hair, a hard round brush. For detailing, a triple dot brush and a sarsa hair brush. And for a glow at the end, a big soft airbrush.
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GrimDC13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Do you hire models or use friends for reference?
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
for anatomy, I use refs from all over, including family members. And myself :)

For hair, I use photos when use refs, often I make it up.

Wish I could afford a model, that would make things a lot easier!
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FrumiousBee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Excellent tutorial, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

My first attempt at painting hair: [link] Your tutorial was really helpful. (and even if my hair didn't turn out well, it was fun looking at your painting for all that time - he's a real cutie! :D)
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Yoell Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
just beautiful! I love the airyness about it! it looks so weightless yet kept :) awesome work!
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:iconjpdoodle:
JPDoodle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
this si awesome! :D lol he looks just like my friend Drew..
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Sandy515 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
this is the best digital painting ever!
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haubing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm getting ready to color a semi-realistic human, this'll along with your skin tut will be a lot of help. Thanks again for such a great tutorial.
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
sure thing, hope it's helpful! :)
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BloodAppleKiss Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
used here [link]
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:iconmessala:
Messala Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
I really want to say thanks for this tutorial. I used it in my in illustration and it works pretty good. Here's a link for my illustration [link]

Thanks mate
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Dzerzhina Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
This is very helpful! Thanks!
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blue-apples Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave:
This deviation has been featured here. Enjoy! :heart:
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Ravenclawred Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
yay! :D *fan of work*
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Almeruve Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
That looks like a really good tutorial! Thanks for putting it up!
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:iconpericles:
Pericles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Very interesting tutorial. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Phew, that's a bit of info there :faint: I'm guessing this is the first tutorial you made, so this here is just a suggestion, but maybe having a series of screenshots along with the text would make it easier to understand what's going on (like being able to see the colour palette, brush opacity and so on) But I can't judge, I havn't even made a tutorial on anything yet, simply because everything I just said scares me out of doing it :lol:

Ugh, last time I tried doing long hair with a mouse, it was murder and came out too rough and choppy-looking...man I'm looking forward to buying that tablet, I couldn't do anything like this with a mouse :(
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, sorry, it's more of a massive info dump than a tutorial :)

I'll try and be more organized if I ever do another
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RebeccaRose Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thanks for sharing! ^^
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kingofnowhere Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
yay! Very helpful of you. And DAMN what a beautiful picture.
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:iconnakatoni:
Nakatoni Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Pretty much the way i work with hair. Awesome :XD: Thanks for sharing :w00t:
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