How to create stained glass art

Using Adobe Photoshop as her tool, Sara Forlenza has created stained glass art worthy of any church.

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See how Sara Forlenza created the striking stained glass for her painting of a medieval paladin

I start by drawing the shape of my glass that will be included in an arched window. Then once Ive decided on the subject, I use a large, hard-edged brush to simulate the strips of lead that hold the glass together.

Once I have a finished drawing of the window, I move on to choosing what colours to use. Then I add a texture to simulate the irregularity of the painted glass. I flatten the layers, select my stained glass and insert it into the context of my artwork: in this case a fantasy temple.

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Once I have the line art, I choose Multiply in the layer options, and add colour on another layer below it, so that the lead strips stay black.

I adjust the perspective and set the glass to a Screen layer. This results in all elements that are black taking the colour of the background, while everything that’s a light colour appears brighter – just what I need!

Paladin stained glass window

When transforming the image of the glass I take into account the perspective using Edit> Transform>Distort

Watch the full tutorial

Words: Sara Forlenza

Sara creates art for book covers, cards and RPGs. After many years with traditional techniques, she was introduced to digital art. It was love at first sight.

This article originally appeared in ImagineFX magazine issue 112.

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