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  09 September 2012
brush settings

so what brush settings/presets should i use for a painterly feel? my strokes look like a bunch of overlapping circles rather than an actual paint stroke. i am using default settings with opacity and flow jitter set to pen pressure.

thanks for help!
  09 September 2012
Are you using photoshop? There are a ton of brush sets out there for a more painterly look, if you google, say, oil brushes for photoshop or even some artists from massive black give their brush sets online, you should be able to find some.

If you want only to use the basic photoshop brushes, I recommend a combination of a hard round 19 and a large, soft airbrush. By using both those brushes, you should be able to make hard edges hard while letting detail fade away with the soft airbrush, it should produce a more painterly look. The chalk brush is also great for texture. But the painterly look you can achieve so long as you block in your shapes and work on blending with large and small, hard and soft brushes

As for brush settings, it really depends on what kind of "painterly" look you're going for. Do you have any specific artists you like who produce the look you're going for?
  09 September 2012
i was thinking this

or this

right now my brush strokes either look watery or flat if i press too hard. just comes with practice i guess?
  09 September 2012
Yep, everything comes with practice, I know a lot of artists post their process, if you're looking for exactly how they achieve their style:

But mostly it's knowing how to blend with the brushes you're using, doing grayscale studies with references helps to get familiar with brushes I'm still teaching myself Corel Painter, and I've been at it a while... Watching tuts on youtube can be good, too. The book Digital Painting Techniques (any volume, I think 3 is the latest) offers detailed descriptions of how to use various photoshop brushes to gain a painterly look, that would be my suggestion.
  09 September 2012
A soft edge brush with low opacity will avoid the issues you mentioned. It still takes getting used to with a graphics pen, and practice should also help.
I like to learn.
  09 September 2012
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