In this tutorial you will learn how to create a 2D character in Photoshop. 2d characters are use in various platform, if you follow this article to the end you will be able to create simple but awesome 2d characters, caricatures, logos for comic books, newspapers, magazines, web etc.
The method i am going to share with you require a basic skill of drawing or sketching. drawings helps define your designs and ease your work flow once you start creating stuff in Photoshop, though, not all design require drawings, logos don’t require much. whatever you have in mind to create just follow the step by step guide and you will learn how to create 2d character in Photoshop.
Step 1. Create a new document.
The first thing to do is to create a new document with an image size and resolution that fit your design. to create a new document go to the top menu File> New, a widow will pop up here you can name your document, set the width & height and the resolution. make sure you set the Background Contents to white so you can see your drawings clearly when done click ok.
Step 2. Use the paint brush tool to sketch.
Now that you have your white canvas ready is time to draw. first create a new layer above the background layer, rename it sketch and go to the tool bar select the brush tool, in the tool settings menu set the brush size to 5 or 6 so you can get a much smaller brush to make sketching easier. now set your foreground color to black and start sketching.
Step 3. Create skin texture using paint brush.
Your drawing is ready now is time to add skin texture to form as the body. to do this kindly go to the tool bar and select the brush tool, create a new layer above the sketch layer, rename it skin texture and start to paint. make sure your foreground color is set to the color you want as the skin tone.
Step 4. Paint In the hair and the shoe.
Repeat the process in step 3 to create hair and shoe, but make sure you have them in seperate layers. if you are creating a similar character or design like this one you can leave the waist belt blank or paint with any color of your choice.
Step 5. Use shape tool to create pant.
Head over to the tool bar and select the rounded rectangular tool, use it to draw a vertical shape on top of one of the legs, in its properties set the color to any color of your choice. with the shape layer selected go to Edit>Transform>Warp. use the tool to align the shape with the leg. create another shape for the second leg and repeat the same process to align according to the drawing when done merge the two layers together to form the pant.
Step 6. Create the shirt.
Create the shirt using the same process in step 5, you need to create the shape for the body first then the two arm and merge all three layers together to form the shirt.
Step 7. Add Bevel & Emboss layer style.
The last thing to do is to make the cloths and shoe pop out from the body by adding Bevel & Emboss layer style effect. to do this, select the shoe and simply click on the fx icon below the layer panel, a menu will appear from that menu select Bevel & Emboss a dialogue box will pop up where you can adjust the settings, if you are cool will the effect just click ok.
add the same layer effect to the pant layer and the shirt layer.
how to create a 2D character in photoshop
Congratulations! you have successfully complete this lesson on how to create a 2d character in Photoshop.
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Author: Godspower Oderhohwo
A passionate photo-editor, aspiring film-maker, still graphics designer and creative writer. always working hard to develop him self and also to help others in the art/media/photography industry.