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04 April 2005, 08:18 PM
I am an artist, and new to painting in photoshop. I already know how to paint and draw in real life but I find it a pain in the ass to do it in photoshop.
For a PAINTING that should look like an oil painting. What BRUSH do I use. SIZE/OPACITY/ETC

Thank You.

Keith Osborn
04 April 2005, 08:46 PM
Photoshop is probably not the best option for getting the natural look of oils. With Painter ( a Wacom (, I believe you'll feel much more at home

04 April 2005, 09:00 PM
I agree, your best bet is with a wacom. but painting in photoshop IS possible, just difficult

04 April 2005, 09:03 PM
Photoshop is good for painting, but you have to use different techniques then what you whould traditionaly use. Play around with painter if you want the more traditional feel. But no matter what program you settle on useing, the one must that everyone will agree on is to invest in a wacom tablet

04 April 2005, 11:32 PM
I had this same problem! I found some cool tecniques though...

Paint an image by blocking in shapes and colors, exactly as you would with an acrylic painting in real life. I usualy use the paintbrush tool and a round brush with opacity pressure on, and radius pressure off.

Once you have the image painted you can get cool lighting by changing the paintbrush to a "color dodge" function instead of "Normal". use a light yellow or whatever your light source color should be. Move the opacity down to about 5%. Its like painting with light.

once the image is done, it will look like a crapy digital painted picture. Go to Filters/artistic/watercolor. Move the brush detail all the way up, and the shadow intensity all the way down. This will make all your planes very graphic and sharp. Fade the effect about 50% or untill it looks good, but not an obvious filter.

Then grab the smudge tool, get a textured brush, and make brush strokes to soften the hard edges.

Once thats done go to filters/artistic/paint daubs. move the brush size to 1 and the sharpness to about 5. This will give your brush strokes texture like a real oil or acrylic painting.

I know that sounds like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of what you are doing it goes by realy fast. Way faster than painting in real life. Theres a lot of tricks and methods, just remember digital is a medium just like any other. What would have happened if you had quit oil painting because you didnt get it in the first week? :)

04 April 2005, 12:38 PM
oki it would appear that many people never even found the true pwer in photoshop, there are manx brushes u just need to right click on the image to open the brush menu , there in the right corner ull find a little arrow,,,why did they make it so little i dont know ,anyways that my frend is ur path to heaven, ull see what i mean:D , many things are possible withthose brushes, joan on my link here is a 4 hour work study of posibilities and i only scratched the surface, oh and try out the soft light mode, it works wonders

04 April 2005, 12:44 PM
For some excellent brushes and tips go here:

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