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Water Brush like Paint Tool SAI in Photoshop by Bhansith Water Brush like Paint Tool SAI in Photoshop by Bhansith
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Title】 Water Brush in Photoshop
Tools】 Photoshop


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So a lot of people, including myself, freakin' love the Water Brush in Paint Tool SAI.

There might be many reasons why you would want a similar brush in photoshop, I for one wanted it because it's easier and Paint Tool SAI still doesn't like my computer. :XD:

I know what you're thinking, SMUDGE TOOL!?

Yes. The forbidden Smudge Tool.

There are creative ways to use this tool and it's in there for a reason. I always avoided the tool for blending but I find that with this custom brush and the Smudge Tool, not only is it easier for me to see the difference between two tones when blending, it also makes it easier for me to judge a nice blending job when doing it the other way of layering and colour picking. (The most common way of painting in Photoshop. :)) Therefore I personally find it is helping me learn to blend in Photoshop via the aforementioned technique.

I would recommend not to use this all the time if you want to master blending in photoshop. It's an excellent skill to have but at the same time, the more ways you find you can do something, the more ways you can create different pieces of work.

Either way, I hope this is of use to you all. Happy Drawing~!

Note: It should be able to work on any version of Photoshop.



:star: I recommend you create this custom brush using the brush tool then save that as a new custom brush and then set your Smudge Tool to that brush preset.:star:



:heart::heart::heart::heart:OMG Thank you so much for the DD! It's my first one ever! :la: Thank you~! :heart::heart::heart::heart:



:star:IMPORTANT [23-08-2013 2:43am BST]:star:


I was told about *nebezial's Blender Brush by =General-EbonRose after I had made this tutorial. So if anyone is wondering if maybe I got the idea from *nebezial then the answer is no. I only learned about it after I hade discovered this technique and made this tutorial. :peace:

There are differences between the brushes and their settings that make their results—albeit similar—noticeably different.

According to ~calisto-lynn, with her settings uploaded here, that in versions later than CS3, it will not work. If it does, it won't work as well as it should. You can see her exact response to a question regarding it working in CS6 here).

I know there's many similar tutorials and brushes out there but I still hope you find this useful. Perhaps my settings won't work whilst Nebezial's settings do and vice versa. It's not set in stone. :)

Happy Drawing!

Here's a FAQ


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:bulletred:【Please do not redistribute this art without my permission first.】:bulletred:
:bulletred:【Thank you.】:bulletred:

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BRUSH DOWNLOAD IS NOW UP ON STA.SH


I don't know why but for some reason I couldn't find where it had gone so I had to re-upload it.
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:iconjellophish:
jellophish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
BLESS YOU THIS IS GREAT AKJFJKH
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:iconasthemoonwaxes:
AsTheMoonWaxes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017
While I like this brush, the Sai version lays down color at the same time it is blending.
This one you have to lay down color with a separate brush, then use the blur tool to blend it. Did I do something wrong, or is it supposed to be like that?
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:icondontbe-panic:
DontBe-Panic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much ^w^ 
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:iconkatrineicy:
KatrineIcy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconjb-pawstep:
JB-Pawstep Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
You are a genius! Thanks for sharing this 8D
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:iconstalkerrazor:
StalkerRazor Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, I've had this brush for a while and got a new computer, so I'm looking for it again, but the download link on stash ain't working :C
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:iconrojeu:
Rojeu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
holy shit?? its perfect i cry
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:icondm7:
DM7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial. I tested it out and indeed enough it came close. I've been sharing it with my SAI/Clip friends to help them transition to Photoshop a little easier. ^^ Thanks!
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:iconwwwpaithancom:
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016   Artist
HeartHeartHeart
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:iconlukakawanone:
LukaKawanone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Helped to me, thank you!
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:iconaquiles-soir:
aquiles-soir Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I really need it! 
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:iconpikinipiki:
pikinipiki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooooooooooo!!!
This is awesome!! i say, you are awesome! Thank you so much!
i though i should buy SAI just for the water brush ;u;

Thank you so much for sharing with us <3
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:iconanissa-tam-zhi-en:
Anissa-Tam-Zhi-En Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMIGOSHHHH!!! THANK YOU SO MUCHHH!!!! I WAS TRYING SO HARD TO SHADE ON PHOTOSHOP AND AFTER LOOKING AT SO MANY SITES AND PAGES, YOURS ACTUALLY WORKS!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
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:icondamasn:
damasn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It's very useful. Now I can paint faster in photoshop! 
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:iconsognodrago:
sognodrago Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
certainly need this, is a pain to blend in photoshop ugh
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:iconkyo-kya:
KYO-KYA Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you use transfer instead of other dynamics because I'm using cc
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:iconthe-cutpurse:
The-Cutpurse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student General Artist
I know its late, but thought I'd mention it anyway. That's what I did, works great.
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:icondrayuu:
Drayuu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aw I should I could make it but in Photoshop CC there's no "other dynamics" feature! :(
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:iconfoxdevice:
FoxDevice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Is anyone else having issues with brush "lagging"?
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:iconshounengirl:
ShounenGirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much)) kaomoji set 1 9/19 
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:icondarkshatteredsouls:
DarkShatteredSouls Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why everytime to I go to use the brush, it resets its settings!?
Its driving me INSANE that I have to redit everything every bloody time!!!!
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:iconyoriden:
Yoriden Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
I know this comment is old but since it didn't get a reply I thought I'd mention that when you change the settings of a brush, you have to save it as a new brush or it'll discard the changes you made.
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:iconamberdreams1960:
Amberdreams1960 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
This looks so useful! Thank you so much!
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:iconnightcatty:
NightCatty Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This is awesome!
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:iconheylaughingboy:
HeyLaughingBoy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou so much for this!
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:iconmarihsouza:
MarihSouza Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much <3
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:iconbhansith:
Bhansith Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome~! :aww:
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:iconandymichele:
AndyMichele Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Thank you SO VERY MUCH, I've been looking for something like this since I can't get Sai, and this brush is like a gift from the heavens~
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snowhummingbird Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much! Thank you!! xD <3 <3 
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont see these settings in Sai ? What version is this . 
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sengokuShinobu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is for photoshop..
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:iconbluemooze:
bluemooze Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Awesome!  Thanks
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tifftiff3218 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
i use sai also but i dont have the water tool
WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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nururuateka Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this I love you so much.


Yeah, it's similar but the blending feels just as nice~now to put keyboard shortcut for the smudge tool mwahahahahah~~
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PainyTOXA Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015
I was searching for a working water tool for PS and was NOT disappointed. This... this works SO flawlessly and now it's SO easy to apply and blend shadows and stuff, holy hell.

I salute you. You are awesome.

PS CC 2014
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arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I was really wondering what could be used as the water tool coz I come across SAI tutorials mostly. Thanks a lot :)
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Octavia48 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Thank You from the bottom of my heart for this tutorial!! It helped me so much <3
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starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
im can't seem to do this in Photoshop Elements 12.... Can you help me? 
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:iconbhansith:
Bhansith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am not familiar with Photoshop Elements. What is it you can't do?

Make sure you are using the Smudge Tool and have loaded the brush into Elements, or if you have created and saved the custom brush preset yourself; set the brush tip of the Smudge Tool to the custom brush and that should be all you need to do.

It's just a round brush with tweaked settings, as you can see here; so I am unsure for what reason it would not work. :meow: I hope this helps!
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starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*sigh* it's just not working. When I put scatter at your recommended set number, it just goes all haywire. And I can't set the jitter to pen pressure. It's not an option. I can put the whole brush at Pressure but.. Idk..

For the smudge tool, these aren't even options. I can't tweak it in any way other than size and opactiy.
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:iconlaughingpumpkin:
LaughingPumpkin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! I can say goodbye to struggling with the blur tool now!
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:iconbhansith:
Bhansith Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! Blending Brush to the rescue! :D
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black-cat16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is one useful shit. I miss so much that water thing in Photoshop so thanks for making this. 
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:iconbhansith:
Bhansith Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be of service! :D You're welcome!
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:iconthemoonthesunthestar:
theMoontheSuntheStar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, this helps so much! <3
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:iconkamihanaki:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh goodness, thank you! I'll definitely try this out soon :3
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:iconceluthien:
Celuthien Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy damn, thank you for this. I was searching myself rotten for a way to blend as easy as the water tool does, so thanks a million times over! :squee: 
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:iconrhyzue:
Rhyzue Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm new to PS, and after I downloaded the brush, opened it... But when I use it, it's just a bunch of dots.
I know this is a pretty dumb question, but I still have to ask *^*
how do you get it to blend like that sphere at the bottom?
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:iconbhansith:
Bhansith Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry for such a late reply!

You have to use the brush with the Smudge Tool in Photoshop for it to Blend :) Using it with the Pen/Brush will show just dots as it is how the brush is set up.
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