Butterfly Wing Tutorial

1. I prefer to add the wings near the end, & start with an almost complete doll, but the choice is yours.

2. I have created several colour palettes that you can use, but you are free to use your own colours, or use on of my other palettes. 3. Create a new layer named Wings below your base by going to Layer/New Raster Layer... or clicking on the new raster layer icon on the Layer Palette.

Select the Paint Brush tool & set your Foreground to palette colour 1 (i.e. the darkest colour) using the Dropper.

4. Make sure your Paintbrush is 1 pixel in size. Draw in the outline of the wings. This can take a few tries to get right.
You only need to one wing as we will duplicate it later.

I find it helps to Zoom in on the image & use precise cursors for this.

5. Use the Eraser & Paintbrush to tidy up & streamline the wing. Ensure that it is not more than 1 pixel thick at all points. 6. Using the Paintbrush, colour in the interior of the wing with a lighter shade of the outline colour.
7. It is easier to draw the rest of the wing without the doll in the way, so hide all layers apart from the wing layer. 8. Complete the rest of the wing, if needed. 9. Click on the Smudge brush. Set the Size to 1 & Opacity to about 70.

Smudge one pixel from the wing outline into the interior of the wing to create a mix of the 2 colours. Then, either use the dropper tool, or hold down CTRL & move the mouse over the pixel of colour, to select the new colour.

10. Using the Paintbrush, shade the side of the wings. 11. Repeat step 9 on the shading you have made into the interior. Select the new colour & continue the shading, as shown above.

12. Continue in this way until the whole wing is shaded.
13. Select the Lighten/Darken tool. Set the Opacity to about 30 , the Size to 1 & ensure there is a tick in the Swap Mouse Button box. Draw in the veins on the wings. 14. Create a new layer called Wing Detail. Select a colour to match your wings - either a lighter or darker shade, or a complementary colour.

Draw in some patterns on the wing.

15. Use the smudge brush with a Size of 1 & Opacity of about 60 to soften the edges of the pattern.
16. Now, make very sure that only the Wing & Wing Pattern layers are visible. 17. Press CTRL+A to select the whole image, then press CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy merged layers.
Press CTRL+L to paste the merged image as a new layer. Press CTRL+D to drop the selection.
18. Use the Move tool to move the merged wing into position over the original. On the layer palette, hide the 2 layers named Wing & Wing Pattern.
19. Make your doll layers visible again. 20. Click on the Selection tool. Go to the layer contained the merged wing. Press CTRL+C to copy the wing, then CTRL+E to paste it as a new selection. 21. Press CTRL+M to mirror the copied wing & move it into position. Press CTRL+D to drop the selection.
22. Select the Lighten/Darken tool. Set the Opacity to about 20, the Size to about 10 & ensure there is a tick in the Swap Mouse Button box.

Shade the area of the wings behind your doll to add depth.

23. If you like, you can try dropping the opacity of the wing layer to see what effect that has. 24. Your wings should be looking something like this. Add some faerie accessories & your done.
Your wings are complete!
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