If you’re a fan of digital art, you’ve probably noticed some techniques that are used more than other. Just like in web design, over the past few years there has developed few trends in digital art too. In this article you’re going to find some of them together with bright examples. And that’s not all. For each trend there is a couple of Photoshop brushes listed that will help you achieve the same effect without putting in a lot of work.
I bet almost every one of you has seen one of those marvelous people photo manipulations with abstract elements in them. Usually artists use some C4D renders into their artworks. Those renders makes art look more surreal and sci-fi. Don’t worry if you aren’t owner of C4D or similar software. You can achieve similar effects with simple Photoshop brushes as well.
2. 7 Records by Patrick Monkel
3. Get Over by Mark Jay Caccam
4. Pink Rewind by DDavey
5. Fashion by Michael Ostermann
2. Paint Lines by env1ro
3. Fortune Brushes by ShiftyJ
Watercolors started becoming a trend couple years ago. They bring that traditional, though fresh feeling to artworks. They can be used to enhance some parts of artworks or you can use them to create whole artwork as well. Creating your own watercolor brush is difficult, yet interesting process. But, if you don’t have the time or necessary, don’t worry – there are plenty of free great looking watercolors brushes available on web.
1. Portraits by Nielly Francoise
5. 60549 by Jarek Kubicki
5. Dirty Sprays by Tutorial9
Abstract Lines & Lighting Effects
Shiny abstract lines together with some lighting effects have always looked fine in digital artworks. These effects can be blended in any type of artwork. You can highlight some specific areas with them. Photoshop brushes are perfect for creating abstract and lighting effects. There are dozens of premade brushes available on the web.
1. Impetus by Ernest Lim
2. Imagination by Kevin Roodhorst
2. Sparkles Brush by WingsOfAHero
3. Smudge Brushes by Rockanium
4. Light Effects by Wegraphics
Geometric Elements & Vectors
Adding geometric elements and vectors to digital artworks became quite popular few years ago. We can see experienced and talented designers using this technique a lot. Similarly to watercolors, this technique also mixes the traditional with modern. If you don’t want to draw the shapes and vectors yourself, there are few Photoshop brushes available for this trend as well.
1. Street Lights by Joao Oliveira
2. I Love Colors by feartox
3. A New Start by poisonvectors
4. Blackout by Steve Goodin
1. Distorted Lines by FlowGraphic
3. Baroque Ornaments by Wegraphics
4. Nathan Brownby