Jeans Tutorial

Although I have written this tutorial for Paint Shop Pro, any program that support layers, like Adobe Photoshop, Serif Photoplus, Corel Photopaint or Ulead PhotoImpact, can be used. It does assume that you are familiar with whichever graphic program you are using.

1. Open the base you want to use. If you are using a base of a different size to this, you may have to adjust some of the settings slightly. 2. I have created several colour palettes that you can use, but you are free to use your own colours. One of the best way to get the right shade is to open a picture of jeans & use the Dropper tool to select a colour from it. 3. Select the darkest shade of the palette. Create a new layer called Jeans &, using the Paintbrush tool, draw the outline of the jeans. I'm partial to a flared cut myself, more flattering on the fuller figure!
4. Use the Eraser & Paintbrush tool to smooth out the outlines making sure it is 1 pixel thick at all points.
It always helps to Zoom in to do this & Zoom out to check how the lines are looking. Sometimes they looks really smooth & prefect up close, but fairly rubbish at the normal size.
5. Flood Fill the interior of the jeans with the lighter palette colour. 6. Using the Paintbrush tool with the darkest palette colour, draw in the waistband, fly & pockets, if desired.
7. Go to Effects/Noise/Add. Move the slider to about 7 & ensure that Uniform is selected. Click OK to apply. 8. Click on the Retouch tool & use the settings as shown above. 9. Gently use the darken brush to build up some creases.
10. Drop the Size of the brush down to 1 & add some shading to the pockets, fly & waistband. 11. Increase the Size of the brush to 2 again & add a few creases at the bottom of the jeans. Don't go overboard or they will look very baggy & creased. 12. We now want a big brush size with low opacity. Set the Opacity to about 6 & the size to about 30. Very carefully shade along the outer and inner edges of the jeans. Try to use long, flowing strokes - shorter ones will make the shading blotchy. This is the trickiest part of the whole thing & can take a few attempts to get right.

Press CTRL+SHIFT+Z to bring up a list of all recent actions so you can undo/redo multiple steps at once.

13. Change the settings of the Retouch tool to the above. 14. Lighten the jeans on the thigh & lower leg area. The more you lighten them, the more faded & worn they will look. 15. Decrease the size of the brush to about 1. Add a little highlight to the creases we added in step 9.
Your jeans are complete!
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