Amazing 80s airbrush portrait techniques


Kittozutto believe in the power of dreams. So it’s hardly surprising that this art and design boutique’s combination of fine illustration and digital imaging techniques has made them a considerable presence in various design books, magazines and portals with their highly detailed, vivid creations. Established just two years ago in 2008, Kittozutto have already received international recognition and have produced work for Beautiful/Decay and Graniph as well as Nike’s World Cup 2010 Artist’s series.

In this Photoshop airbrush tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a beautiful, dreamlike painting full of subtle details and with a bold 80s colour scheme. Design duo KittoZutto show you how to create an airbrushed portrait in Photoshop that taps the glory days of Athena posters.

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You’ll learn how to improve your brush skills, working with a variety of different brush heads for varying effects and you’ll learn how to get the most out of colouring, masking and layer blending modes.

You’ll also learn the benefit of working with lots of layers in a digital painting, as this allows you to work on elements separately and quickly adjust detail and colouring.

A layered version of the final composition, for reference, can be downloaded below.

Time to complete

8-12 hours


Adobe Photoshop

Project Files

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