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basic brush tutorial by CosmicUnicorn basic brush tutorial by CosmicUnicorn
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 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for posting this!
blazah99 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
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?
unitoone Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I really need to get Photoshop... and a pad for drawing.
Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  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
Iliketoplayinthedirt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  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
Riaayo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  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!
MerC312 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  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
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Transparency is related light.

bigponymac Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  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.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
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