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Painting fire, slimes and wounds in one go - an introduction to brush blending modes in Photoshop.
Recently the first page of dA filled with all sorts of step-by-step tutorials as to how paint THINGS. No one ever tries to explain how to paint these things easier. So here I am showing you how to make it simple. As always try to experiment - change brushes, colours, blending modes and try out new stuff. Have fun!

You will find the brushes I use here:
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This is a process walkthrough of this painting here: [link]
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Unpretty badly made tutorial looks bad... but its the content that matter I suppose :iconotlplz: ?

I am sure there are spelling errors everywhere and I am terrible at typographical stuff and graphic design :iconlazycryplz: so plz forgive meh.

A lot of people are asking me to make a colouring tutorial, well honestly I just use photoshop's layer effects to do all the work for me, here are my favourite layer types etc and a little bit about what they do.

With the right tweaking its easy to make effects like these

All made using the technique of correcting then painting multiple times :) And the curves tool which I forgot to add, basically all it does is which part of the curve you grab effect the value its closest to, e.g if you grab the bottom and move it you replace all the black tones in your image with either green/blue/red, you can also use it to add or remove colours accordingly. I always try to make sure there is no back or white anywhere in my images, this means when you do finally use it, its a lot more powerful ( specially with highlights )

*edit OMG *sobsobsobsob* thank for the DD :iconhappytearplz:
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Motion Blur, Depth of Field, and Atmospheric Perspective Guide. Check out the full Citizen Video Tutorial here:…

In this tutorial, 
Tim Von Rueden takes you through the basic understanding of the three visual illusion concepts. This tutorial is the direct result from being the number one requested tutorial from the third week of this month's November Citizen Tutorial Request Month. These results were featured from the poll on our Deviantart Page. Stay tuned for future polls in which we will once again ask, "What tutorial would you like to see?"

The three visual illusion concepts covered here are Motion Blur, Depth of Field, and Atmospheric Perspective. 

Motion Blur: This is the result of capturing a few frames in motion caught in a single image. A stable image should be one that is more crisp/sharp while the objects in motion should have a "doubling" effect which often looks like blur.

Depth of Field: This is the result of focusing of focusing on a particular distance on a subject matter. This makes the areas further and before the focused field appear blurry and has a tendency to add more of the "blur" effect the farther the distance. 

Atmospheric Perspective: This is the result of the atmosphere interference while viewing an image. This tends to happen mostly in environment art but it's when the atmosphere is causing the illusion that objects are "disappearing" the further away the are.
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1 Make the basic shape.
2 Add some textures. I used one of the markmolinar brushes 2012 for this one.
3 Do the colours and the light. Remember that the light from the explosion affects the smoke next to it. For the particles flying around I used the spark brushes. (Looks funny but yeah xD)
4 For 3D look and details I just use the basic sai brush with this settings, but you can also stick to Photoshop if you want.
5 Aaand finally, even more details, sparks and edges in air perspective so it does not look artificial ))
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This is my first 'tutorial'. I was giving some tips to someone on a forum, which turned out to become some sort of tutorial, so I completed it for DA. I'm not really a tutorial person, because I think it is better to figure out things by yourself. But I have learned a lot from being in an art school for the past years and I thought it would be nice to share those things.

I think it is these little things that can have a major influence on your artwork. Even if you do not use it, it is important to at least be aware of it.

Please please let me know if this was any kind of helpful to you! Or any other feedback. Everything is welcome. I really want to know what you think of it.

And please share your work with me, if you think my tutorial has been of help with your development! <3 I really hope my tutorial can help haha

Oh and English is not my first language, so some things might be worded a little oddly. At least it is not worded as well as I wanted to, but some things are just hard to translate.

There actually is a lot more I could say, so maybe I will make a part 2 some day. Because this really only just focuses on the effects brightness and saturation.

Wow! Thanks for the DD! It means a lot to me :) I wasn't sure if I should post this tutorial when I made it, afraid that it only made sense to myself XD But now I'm glad I did!
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This is really basic for beginners to painting using photoshop.

My small brush set…

Jonas de Ro has a far better brush set, so I recommend that you check it out :…

Blue dragon image here…
You can see that although at 100% it is rough, when it has been reduced in size, it looks okay.
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Sixth tutorial in my "Nsio explains" series. Going with the very basics of drawing a line.

The basic idea of a line:
Most people perceive the world as if there were lines around objects. In reality, there are no lines at all. It's actually just an illusion our brain shows us. We just perceive the contrast or difference between two objects, materials and colors as if there were lines between them. How can you draw reality with lines, if they don't even exist in the first place? An average Joe can't do that, but an artist can.

So, since there are no lines in reality, you need to treat the drawn lines the same way. They aren't really lines as we would rationally think. A line in illustration has a lot wider meaning than just showing the borders of things. A line convoys your artistic mind on canvas. They are the very basic building elements of your drawing and their execution has big impact on the final product. The feel and atmosphere can be read from those lines. If you are drawing something aggressive, draw aggressive lines. If you are drawing something calm, draw it with calm lines. Thus, if you want to draw a dynamic drawing, you need to draw dynamic lines as well.

Very often I see people drawing their lines really slowly with wobbly results or quickly with short hasty strokes that have no meaning at all, other than giving really messy look. You can't just draw some random lines and say it's art. All lines need to contribute to the piece. One way to draw meaningful lines is to use dynamism as a basic concept (see the line of action in my "Dynamism" tutorial). Think a plane doing a bombing run. Start pressing the pen gently and then apply more pressure as the plane gains velocity. The most impacting part is where the bomb is released and hitting the target. After that, you lift your pen, leaving a nice tapering end. All this done with one quick stroke.

Laying the stroke:
When I draw a line, I hardly ever look at the pen itself (or the cursor on the screen). Instead, I'm looking at the point I want to end my line. I may also look at another line somewhere else in the drawing if I need to make it look the same, for instance. Then I start moving my pen between the starting and the ending points in air, hovering just above the paper. This allows my hand to do some "practice" runs before the real thing. I can also try different alternatives to see which way I should draw the line. Then, when I'm somewhat confident, I draw just one quick stroke. If it's good, then great! If not, then I erase it (Ctrl+Z is so convenient!) and try again. That said, I hardly never know how I need to draw the line beforehand. It's just thanks to my experience and "muscle memory" that I can draw the lines pretty much the way I want them.

It's also important to hold the pencil the right way for optimal ergonomics and results. Don't press the pen too much on the surface, it will just strain your hand. When I'm drawing with a pigment liner, technical pen or tablet pen, I hold the pen pretty much in vertical position. I support the pen with my ring finger to keep it from getting pressed too much on the surface. This isn't very natural way to hold the pen, but it allows great control over the pressure.

Some basic thing about lines:
I have compiled some things here in order to explain why my lines look like they do.
1. I always apply some sort of variety in the line thickness for more natural and dynamic feel.
2. Make it quick and simple. The line can be short or long, but it should be drawn with one dynamic stroke.
3. The way you draw the lines can spice up your style and add feeling to your pieces. I tend to draw my lines both curvy and angular, pretty much like the left one.
4. It's good to mind line hierarchy. Usually thicker lines are considered to be closer that thinner lines. Thus, it's often good to draw the characters with thick outlines and the background with thinner lines.
5. This is pretty basic way to think the line weight. The line is thinner towards the light and bulkier in shadow. You could think the line as a shadow as well.
6. This is pretty basic thing too. Thinner lines give more lighter feeling and bulky lines heavier. Thus it's pretty straightforward to draw a feather with thin lines for example.
7. Some black in line intersections makes a huge difference. Just be reasonable with it.
8. An illusion of overlapping lines add three dimensional feel. Also pay attention how the panties sink into skin ;)
9. The line thickness can also add the contrast between two objects. For example, if you draw an arm on a surface, it's natural to draw the lines towards the surface bulkier (as if they were shadows).
10. "Lost and found" refers to a broken line that we can read as a solid line. Very often it's better to draw things with broken lines rather than solid lines. Of course it depends on the image you want to gain.
11. Number 10. principle can be applied on corners. If the surfaces are part of the same object, it's often better to draw the line between them thin or broken. If there is a gap or two separate surfaces, the line is solid. Note that curvy surfaces don't really have corners (duh!), so you need to give the impression with contrast instead or mind the surfaces later in coloring.
12. This just illustrates the fact that there are no lines in reality, but it can be still represented with lines.
13. Hatching should be drawn with quick and parallel lines, with equal thickness and gap between lines.
14. You can make quite a bunch of textures with lines.
15. You can also draw many patterns with lines. However, it's often better to draw only small patches there and there and leave the rest to the imagination. Not only you save a lot of effort, the drawing will be a lot easier to look also.

Skating practice:
Skating is a good term for this little practice. The purpose of this practice is to be able to draw the very same shape many times as accurately as possible. You can do this kind of skating practice with any kind of shape, but I find that "pringles shape" is the most natural and challenging enough. When I draw that shape very quickly, it's my hand's "muscle memory" doing the job. The moment I start thinking, I make mistake.

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after a lot of inquiries about my colouring technique i have finally put together this walkthrough. sadly the file i prepared was too big for dA to support, but i hope this is still readable. i also hope this will answer at least part of your questions regarding my colouring process.

some of the changes between the steps shown here are not easy to spot, which is why i included miniatures of how each new layer look like in normal mode (at least where i thought it necessary).

good look trying out this (very fun and effective) technique^^


software used: photoshop cs5e

final version of this picture can be found here:


tumblr link here: [link]


decorative brushes from ~tiffcali06


(c) `len-yan
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I hope this will be helpful :heart:
If you have any questions please ask.

Oh DD? Really? :iconsadcraiplz:
but I don't deserve it =D
Thank you very much! thank you Elandria :heart:
Now I will fix some bugs.
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