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Brushing our Fur in Photoshop
April 28, 2010
This tutorial will describe how we achieved the furry effects on some of our recent Pocket Pets figure images. The technique is a very simple one which can be done in a few minutes.

Skill level: basic
Time Taken: about 5 minutes

We've created two custom brushes for Photoshop which you can download here. When you've downloaded the zip file, unzip it somewhere where you can browse to later.
In Photoshop, click on the brush tool and drop down the brush palette on the top tool bar. Click on the little arrow on the top-right of the palette window, and select "Load Brushes...". Browse to and select the "Fur Brushes.abr" file that you downloaded and extracted. This will add two new brushes to the bottom of your brush palette.

To use these brushes, it is best to have two renders, one bmp with the background included, and one png with a transparent background. By having two renders, you can add the fur effect without messing up your background. To create these two renders, simply save your render in Daz Studio or Poser as a bmp or png image.

Here I have the two renders I am going to use to add fur to my bear render:

First, we need figure with transparent background to be placed as a new layer in the figure-with-background image. Select the Move Tool, and holding down [SHIFT], drag the figure from the png render window into the bmp render window. By holding down [SHIFT], the transparent image is pasted into the bmp render window as a new layer in the correct position.

You should now have two layers, with the bottom layer including a background, and the top layer with just the figure and no background.

To create the fur, we use the Smudge Tool. Select it, and drop down the brushes palette again.

Select one of the two new fur brushes:

For this render, I am going to use the small one. Set the Strength to about 70%, and ensure that the Mode is set to "Normal", and that "Sample All Layer" is unchecked.

Select the top layer (one with transparent background), and start working around the edges of the figure using the smudge brush to drag the edges to form hair. You will smudge areas several times as the falloff causes only small smudges to occur. By increasing the Strength, you can change to distance the brush smudges before it fades out, but I prefer a higher falloff (lower Strength).

Here what my teddy looks like zoomed to 200% with about 20 seconds of smudging:

Continue working your way around the edges trying to follow the way fur naturally flows. If you happen to smudge an are that isn't fur, you can simply use the eraser to delete that part on the top layer.

Once you're done with the smudging, you can duplicate the top layer if you're wanting an extra fluffy look.

Here's my final fluffy teddy picture - this took my about 2 minutes in total.

I hope this tutorial leads to some fun fluffy post work!

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