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Tutorial: Brushes and Colors

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Published: December 31, 2006
Ever wanted to be able to use multiple colors with a Photoshop Brush and didn't know how? This tutorial will walk you through my favorite method if doing just that.

This tutorial was something I'd been thinking of doing for a little while, but is in specific response to those people that ask me how to apply several colors to my Flames & Fire Brushes, to make those flames look more realistic! Works with just about any brush out there that you can think of, though - the example I use is a flower from my Pressed Garden Flowers Brushes.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any questions or if any parts are unclear!

Edit: Replaced the old, inconvenient downloadable version with a JPG to view it right here online.
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VespaWidow's avatar
Thank you so much!
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M10tjeHobbyist General Artist
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Shadowpixie-StudiosHobbyist General Artist
what do you do if you don't have the ;f; at the bottom? how do you blend? or, how do you get the 'f' anyway?
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Shadowpixie-StudiosHobbyist General Artist
im using gimp and cant find the color overlay... a little help please? ^_^:
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shadowbob19Student Photographer
cant wait to try this tutorial out
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TigerloverMHobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpful. ^^ But, I can't color lightning brushes like I want, and there seem to not be any other tutorials like this for lightning or anything. D: A little help, maybe?
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AsrathStudent General Artist
I found this one very good: [link]
Helped me lots :D
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TigerloverMHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll try this out sometime :3
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hnh1384 Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to explain this. I love the tutorials here...they are so helpful to me!!!
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darkrose8519Hobbyist Digital Artist
someone may have asked this already but how do you combine the two layers (black and blue) back into one..I tried merging and the color went weird.
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unmerweHobbyist General Artist
very nice info! Thanks!
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LupsibergHobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing :bow: :sun:
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solidsnakefanHobbyist Photographer
Thank u loads :D
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PrinceCharmingLokiHobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for making this tutorial :D
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sarangkawaii Photographer
I have a problem. Yesterday I tried this and it worked. Now I tried this and it didn't work. Help!!!:'(
Hoshi-Hikaru's avatar
ah, this helps so much! thank you!
OsorrisStock's avatar
Awesome tutorial! thanks for sharing.
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mediakleptoHobbyist General Artist
Fan. Tastic.

You have no idea how much this helped me just now! I was going crazy trying to figure out how to color one of your tree brushes. I figured you'd have something like this on here, and I was right!

I love your brushes and your tutorials, and I've turned some friends onto them as well! I'm totally faving this, because I'll no doubt forget what it says. XD
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redheadstockProfessional General Artist
So glad it could help :)
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mediakleptoHobbyist General Artist
I discovered something that really helped by examining the tutorial a little...

If you have your black copy on its own layer, you can make a randomly colored duplicate of the brush on its own layer to place BEHIND it, and then change its color to white (since you'll no longer need to SEE the brush after placing it properly, and you need it to be white to work with it). That way, you can merge all of the levels together, and have all the transparencies of the original brush to add to a piece of work by copying all but the background. ...Does that make ANY sense at all? XD
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redheadstockProfessional General Artist
... kind of? It's late, though, and I'm tired. But I THINK I got it. Anyway, glad that it helped you think of something new! That's the great thing about reading tutorials. I do that sometimes, too :)
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