Painting Realistic 3D Skin Textures in Photoshop: Hands

Hand-painting realistic skin textures is a topic that many artists shy away from, so much so that the first things they reach for are photographs to project onto their model. While many times this is a viable solution, hand-painting these textures is really very simple if you know where to begin. This tutorial covers the process of painting realistic skin textures for a hand asset starting from the inside and working out. Software required: Photoshop CC v14.1.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 21, 2013
Duration
2h 40m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Oct 21, 2013
Duration
2h 40m
Description

Hand painting realistic skin textures is a topic that many artists shy away from, so much so that the first things they reach for are photographs to project onto their model. While many times this is a viable solution, hand-painting these textures is really very simple if you know where to begin. This tutorial covers the process of painting realistic skin textures for a hand asset starting from the inside and working out. We will begin by focusing on the bump map for our hand, which will allow us to add additional surface details that may influence our diffuse textures. From here, we will get started painting subdermal and epidermal layers of tissue. After finishing off the diffuse color, we will create a specular map that will control how highlights react to the various surfaces of our skin. While painting all three maps, we will learn how to fully utilize Photoshop's 3D toolset as part of our texturing process. After completing this training, you will have learned a workflow that will allow you to paint realistic-looking skin texture on the hands of your models. Software required: Photoshop CC v14.1.

About the author
About the author

Eddie is the dedicated Pluralsight texturing and rendering tutor. His roots are firmly planted in a deep background in illustration and design, and Eddie lives to express himself through his art. Eddie has been with Pluralsight (and previously Digital-Tutors) for four-plus years, teaching creative artists to expand their knowledge on everything from design and illustration, to hand painting beautiful textures for their models.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi. I'm Eddie with Digital-Tutors. In this series of tutorials, we'll learn about the process of hand painting realistic skin texture for a Caucasian male's hand, here inside of Photoshop. Hand painting realistic skin textures is a topic that many artists shy away from, so much so that the first thing they reach for are photographs to project onto their model. While many times this is a viable solution, hand painting these textures is really very simple if you know where to begin. This course covers the process of painting realistic skin textures for a hand asset starting from the inside and working out. We'll begin by focusing on the bump map for our hand, which will allow us to add additional surface details that may influence our diffused textures. From here, we'll get started painting a subdermal and epidermal layer of tissue. After finishing off the diffused color, we'll then create a specular map that will control how highlights react to the various surfaces of our skin. While painting all three maps, we'll learn how to fully utilize Photoshop's 3D toolset as part of our texturing process. After completing this course, you'll have learned a workflow that will allow you to paint realistic looking skin texture on hands for your models. So let's go ahead and get started with our next lesson.