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How to Decorate Photos for Instagram With Drawings: Photoshop in 60 Seconds

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What You'll Be Creating

Learn how to decorate photos just like your favorite Instagrammers! Check out this quick lesson below. Or if you want to learn more about how to use Instagram like a pro, head over to the School of Instagram. Watch successful Instagrammers divulging the secrets that have got them where they are today, and see how you can follow in their footsteps.

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Decorate Photos With Drawings

Draw on your selfies or portraits using simple tools in Adobe Photoshop! In this video, I'll show you how to decorate this portrait with a fun celebration theme. Use simple Brush tools and cute Overlays to achieve this effect.

Watch the process unfold and get all the details you need in the process below. Check out more amazing patterns and graphics on Envato Elements.

How to Draw on Your Photos for Instagram in Photoshop

Start with your favorite photo. I used this Woman Stock from Pixabay.

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Then select the Brush Tool (B). Choose a Hard Round Brush with a tapered end for a nice, clean line. Keep the Smoothing option between 30-50% for a smoother stroke.

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  1. Now draw a black outline around the outfit. Using the Rotation Tool (R) during this step will allow you to create smoother curves and cleaner lines.
  2. Switch over to a Hard Round Brush (with 100% Opacity and Hardness) to fill the outfit with solid color. Adjust this color easily by selecting it first with the Magic Wand Tool (W) and then going to Image > Adjustments > Hue and Saturation to saturate the color even more (Saturation Value: +42).

Continue decorating your photo with more fun details. Experiment with abstract shapes like swirls and more, or keep it simple with just stars and dots.

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For a faster result, draw one star first and then Duplicate (Control-J) it several times to fill the photo up. Finish with some added highlights, or even a cute overlay, like this flower pattern from our Washed Colors Flowers Pack on Envato Elements.

Here is the final result!

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