How to Draw Bumps in Photoshop

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Drawing bumps in Photoshop is a great way to add a bit of texture to another object. Draw bumps in Photoshop with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist, and I'm going to show you how to make bumps in Photoshop. So what I'm actually going to do is show you an example of some bumps on like a frog's skin or like on a turtle shell. So what I've done is just drawn, I've gone to the paintbrush tool and I have selected the paintbrush and then I've selected a green color and just painted it on here and I've actually, I'm going to start with the burn tool and the way you select the burn tool it's going to look like this when you first see it. You're going to want to hold down the dodge tool and select the burn tool and this is going to make it so that the color is burnt. So I'm going to make a couple bumps or dots where my bumps are going to be. So then you've got your bumps. Now you're going to go back to the same tool, hold down the burn tool and select the dodge tool and the dodge tool is going to help us get that shine we want to help us define the bumps. So you're just going to go ahead and you want to start to add some color or add some shine to it and you are definitely actually going to want to turn down, you're going to want to go up to your brush size and just turn it down a little bit because otherwise it's going to mess up your bumps. So we've got, and you're just going to add you know, a little bit of dodge to each of these bumps and it doesn't have to be shiny per bump you know it can be a little less shiny. You're going to want it to be super shiny in one spot just so you get that definition and that three dimensional contrast that you're probably going to be looking for when you're making your bumps. This is also a great way to shine eyes if you're looking to make beady eyes that are shiny. And then to finish it off if you want to go back to your burn tool, make it really small like 10 and in fact, and you're going to want to make sure your exposure is down like significantly down, maybe even smaller like in the 20s and then you can just kind of, if you want to do that, you don't have to but I'm just doing it to add a little bit of definition to these bumps. And it doesn't have to be really obvious either, it can be really, very minimal so that way when you zoom out it kind of looks like it's a bump, kind of like a shadow. And there you have your shiny bumps and if you know, you're doing like I'm doing, frog skin, you can always just add a little shine and then just to make it a little more interesting like that. And my name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you draw bumps in Photoshop. Thank you.


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