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basic brush tutorial
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Published: August 29, 2012
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Basic brush tutorial (for digital painting).
Made for my project partners.

These are the settings I start with on all of my custom digital painting brushes. Other things I fuss with: dual brush, wet edges, smoothing...

You could ask me a million questions about how I do things... but all I can tell you is what works for me (which may or may not work for you). Experimenting is the only way to really learn.

Why keep opacity above 90%?
Because opacity fucks with the light.
Adjust the flow instead.

Made with CS6.
Please don't use my leaf image--it's not stock.
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UsagiTenshi's avatar
UsagiTenshi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for posting this!
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blazah99's avatar
YAY I've always wanted to learn how the heck you make a brush! Now can you do a tutorial one for gimp for those who can't run or pay for photoshop?
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unitoone|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I really need to get Photoshop... and a pad for drawing.
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Ardail|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could just sit there and watch you draw. I learn SOOOOO much better from watching than from trying to read tutorials
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Iliketoplayinthedirt|Student Digital Artist
I've seen on some brushes that they always keep in the direction as your brush stroke, is there a setting for that? For example, I have a brush that I downloaded that is five dots in a vertical line, however when you move your pen around in a circle on your tablet, the five dots make very nice circles by having the direction of the brush change to the direction of your penstroke. I hope I'm making sense :'D
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Riaayo|Professional Digital Artist
I have to say the image you use for that brush is very interesting. While I do know everything in this tutorial, it would be extremely helpful for anyone who has not done it before, and it makes me remember that I need to experiment more with odd shapes. Thanks for taking the time to help others with this!
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MerC312|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am quite confident in the custom brush making business but I had NO IDEA that opacity works against lighting. :O

Thanks for the tutorial! <3

PS- you are an inspiration
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Transparency is related light.

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bigponymac|Hobbyist General Artist
I already knew how to do most of this, but it's really interesting to see how other artists go about these things. Sometimes I'm introduced to ideas and methods that I never would have thought of. For instance, it I never understood the difference between flow and opacity until you mentioned that opacity messes with the color. I always ignored the flow settings and went straight for the opacity. I did some quick research and now I understand what you mean. I'm going to have to play around with my brush settings some more now the difference.

Thanks for sharing this and I look forward to more of these as well as more of your awesome art.
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