Brush the difficulties away

Warning: That's a tutorial for photoshop 7. What I call "Set of Brush" (brushes with different values of opacity and flow) is an easy way to caricature the best use of each brush (my use) this doesn't mean this is the unique use. Of course, you have to mix the sets ( b, c, d...) when you draw. You won't use one set by drawing!

The value of opacity and flow is just for your guidance: 25% means 10 -30% // 50% means 30-60% // 100% means 60-100%

A: Using a little brush size adds more detail and increases the drawing's quality.

The mode of the brush is a way to affect or not a colour for a pixel.

Opacity specifies the maximum amount of paint coverage applied by the brush.

Flow specifies how quickly paint is applied by the brush tool.

B: High opacity / high flow:

+ Very clean
+ adjusted for manga-like colouring
+ easy to fill the area and change the colour (the paint bucket tool)

- it's boring for the gradation
- brush strokes are very visible
- too clean!

C: High opacity / medium flow

+ fluid like oils
+ vibrant colours
+ clean
+ sweet gradation of colour

- you can't work with the transparence

All my digital paintings are drawn using this set of brushes (and the set "D")

D: High opacity / low flow

+ the blur effect
+ nice to draw clouds
+ the motion effect
+ for special effect like explosions
+ a lot of colour shades

- hard to draw only with the blur
- the colours are not really vibrant

To draw a nice explosion for example, mix this set of brushes with set "C"

D: Medium opacity / low flow

+ lighter blur effect
+ nice to draw textures
+ nice for smoke effects
+ nice to work with when doing fur

- hum.. any

F: Medium or highest opacity / high flow

+ the style
+ you can easily play with the transparency
+ you can easily change a colour using the fill tool

- the's not really that clean.

I like this style, you can easily draw

G: Low opacity / high flow

+ the transparency
+ nice to sketch with
+ nice to work the anatomy of your characters before working with the line art

- any

For the example, I draw sketches in black and white, BUT you can paint your sketch with colours, it's interesting too:)

H: Low opacity / low flow

+ the mist effect
+ the sweetness!

- when the opacity is too low (5%) it's hard to see the effect.
- you can use it for the clouds, but this is really blurred, it's more interesting to add the opacity (30 - 50%) (set "D")

I: My favorite brush to add textures is the brush 63, available on Photoshop 7.

Changing the value of the flow or opacity, you add less or more details. For example the grass thing, the flow is low. For the stone, the flow is 30.

You can use the basic brush to add lights and shadows (for example the blue thing). Its gives more realism

J: The overlay mode is similar with the colour balance tool.

You choose a colour. You paint. Some pixels will be affected by the new colour the others are not.

For example: The cyan colour never changes, but the others are affected.

You can effect just an area too

K: Colour dodge is like the dodge tool (you can find it with the burn tool on the tool bar).

But instead of having a white effect, you are now able to add colour. You can easily change the mood with a yellow light for the morning or a orange light for the evening.

This effect is very clean

L: Thanks to the multiply mode, now you are able to print without erase the darkest colour.

It's like if you paint under the dark colour or if you used a second layer

This is interesting if you have a line art. You can colourise your character and try different colours without losing your line

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