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cinnamon teal
« on: April 20, 2007 05:12:11 PM »

So I know how to paint, and I know how to use photoshop, but I'm having difficulties putting the two together.  I even have a handy dandy, omg I'm so in love with it, graphics tablet.  I just can't seem to get the thing to look the way I want.  Specifically, I can't blend anything worth beans.  here's a pic of my WIP, to give you an idea what I mean.

I'd really appreciate any help or tips you can give me.


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elliebee
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007 12:55:09 PM »

Hello there, (I love your picture). I'm not sure which version of photoshop you are using, but my advice is to:
1. Perhaps change the brush you are using (to a softer brush?)
2. While you are painting ajust the flow of the brush or its opacity (ie. decrease gradually every time so the colour 'appears' to fade out)
3. When blending two colours use a third colour (which is in between the two) at a much lower opacity, this will make it appear to blend easily
4. Keep every different colour on different layers (if you can be bothered) this will allow you to blur, change colour, saturation etc. of each individual colour accordingly (if you feel you need to) this may help you to blend and make the colour look less blocky

I would certainly recommend you keep the colour and the main outline on different layers for ease.

I hope i have been of some help (i am very jealous of your graphics tablet, I love them!) Good luck !
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cinnamon teal
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007 01:54:03 PM »

Thank you sooo much, elliebee!  You're wonderful and I really appreciate all the tips.  I'm going to try them out later today.

Graphics tablets are so fantastic!  I got mine for my birthday a couple years ago - and I am so happy with it.  (It's a Wacom Intuos 3 and I definitely recommend it.)  Incidentally, I'm using Photoshop CS2, if that makes a difference about blending.

Also, here's a tip I picked up from another forum: "Tip: Don't use the smudge tool for blending! Use the airbrush with opacity set to about 20% (I find this is the best way to blend in Photoshop)" (from edart on wetcanvas.com)
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