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Simple Blending by sandara Simple Blending by sandara
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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SilenceThatPeople Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a doubt, I have another kind of tablet (a genius tablet easypen i405x) and I did what you said, everything, but I still can't blend! D: I also have adobe photoshop cs6 if you want to know, but's pretty the same.
AsakuraHannahDA Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this... I've been wondering if I have made a mistakes with the way I paint, from far away reduce, it looks okay, but the actual 100% is pretty messed up lol I'll keep practicing ^^
MiKeEmeRiTz Featured By Owner May 4, 2015   General Artist
Thank you for this. :)
BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student
J-chan33 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Artist
Very useful!!!
Blade-Redwind Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for these tutorials. I'm still learning how to do all of this coloring business and this helps a lot.
Poomind Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Hi, would you mind telling me your pressure settings? 
xNarutoFreakygirl93x Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
thanks a lot for the tutorial ! you are really amazing!! *^*
i was wondering if use the smudge tool while doing this ? :3
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
So just out of curiosity how big was your Blue Dragon painting? If THAT was your 100% shot man it must have been enormous o_O But just how big?
Saamura Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Interesting. Although I do a different layer for shading so I don't really need to blend in colors for shading. I should however try this method at some point (even if it takes me centuries longer). Haha.
EisArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW!! solved a problem of min in like a milla-second... you rock!!
AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This will prove very useful for me, thanks for uploading this tutorial
xxDreamWhispererxx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is a really helpful blending tutorial. Thank you!!! :love:
KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I don't have a tablet (yet) but those tips will definitely help in the future! :)
Yuuza Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
why do you have the pressure not set to full? isn't it better when the pen uses full pressure capabilities? How would the brush behave if it have full pressure?
Phlar1245 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is nice, I don't use Photoshop though, I use Manga Studio 5, but the principles are the same. I use a similar technique when I do digital paints; however, I'm no where near this level.
CatStudio7 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful!
eatoman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank-you! You're amazing!
artdevil27 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing all this information.
I have a question about you "I paint big" comment. I always wondered what are the PC requirements for large illustrations. I assume you will have a lot of RAM, but if you or someone else who has experience could share some info, I would be grateful. For example, are 8-16GB RAM enough to handle a project like the blue dragon you mentioned, or does someone have to go even higher? I would also like to know about the screen size. Thanks.
Fantasiette Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'll try that tonight!
kira333333 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw <3
AriesKurisu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very very new to photoshop and I never colored in it before.. But when I use the brush tool with only one color it lets me blend fine.. BUT when I add another color ontop of it it will not let me blend at all!!!! PLEASE HELP!!! IT IS DRIVING ME INSANE AND I CAN'T FIND THE PROBLEM!! DX
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Have you dropped the opacity? Or toggled the brush options so that opacity is read by pen pressure? If the opacity is 100% then you will never be able to blend colors together because they are opaque.
Aleynia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's definitely possible to blend at 100%. A bunch of artists do it, Aquashiram. It's set to pen pressure and depends on how light or hard you're pressing while blending.

I'd also recommend toggling the always set to pen pressure button, AriesKurisu.
aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, sorry :s

I apologize for my misinformation ._.
jazzhands21 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thank you very much for putting this up, it sure does helps.
TFSakon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I shall continue to practice, very interesting comment regarding the blending of skin.
Digital-Doodle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great tip!
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
wow, this is the tip i searched for for ages! thank you so much for sharing this!!!
lauraacan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much for this tutorial :D I am struggling with photoshop for a full year and sentences like "hand will cramp!" asserts me I'm maybe not using my tablet like I should since I don't really insist on my nib... I'm always afraid to "break" the tablet surface!

Thank you!
DaShadeE Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Your stuff is really helpful and you make it look easy. You and Feng Zhu from FZD have really helped me become better, I don't know what it is about Singapore that produces such great artists! :D Thank you.
envidia14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sandara, you're so awesome, i know how to  paint becuase of you, a thousand thanks.
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
the hardness tip has changed my life... thank you!!!
DCum-ArtingStarvist Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you, this is very helpful!
xXCupcak3Bubbl3Xx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative :) learned something new
RAIDESENHOMASTER Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very better then my tutorial :D (Big Grin)
Arianod Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another interesting and helpful tutorial. Thanks a lot! :)
AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! :)
Shalladdrin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is brilliant. Thanks so much! I'm going to study this and use it to practice. I've been wondering how you get things to blend. Excellent!
thefireinhell Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is a weird question but what direction to you 'blend' in? In the case of the girls cheek, were you blending around the fullness of her cheek? What I find is I can get it nice and blended but then I zoom out and because I used one direction in one place, a different direction in another place it looks really muddy still.
sandara Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Hmmm... I've never really thought about that. I blend in the direction where it will look the most natural.
You can use Window >> Arrange >> New Window for create a duplicate version of your canvas and reduce the duplicate's window size to maybe 25%. That way when you paint, you will see the small duplicate being updated and you can check if it looks odd when zoomed out.
thefireinhell Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose it's just practice then to know which way looks more 'natural'! Thanks for the tip about the windows too :) ^o^
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
generally speaking, brushstrokes should be around the contours of the form. That should work for most things. Exceptions are there for certain things, but its too circumstantial to really define. Judgement for this kind of thing comes from practice and experience.
Aleynia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. I also have this problem. I usually save the face for last because the cheeks and chin are always such a pain :(
I do have a small window of the painting open when I do, though. It really does help. Hope you try it!
thefireinhell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeh it's really weird because I've never seen anyone really mention this in a tutorial or book but it's the first thing I'm stumped with!! Thanks guys for letting me know there are other people out there haha ^o^
aksellewyse Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   General Artist
Merci beaucoup Sandara, je me demandais justement comment bien mélanger les couleurs sur l'ordinateur :)
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for this and the brushes! Really appreciated I'm just trying to get used to brushes so this helped a lot.
MaiMayer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! It's very very helpful :D! U're a genius :) I love ur work :)
ResidentialPsycho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Draw big and then shrink it...  Hmmm..  Definitely helpful.
SpacemanSpiff002 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
very helpful
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