Originally Posted by DyslexicDan
I guess my problem is that I have never run into anyone who could explain Photoshop in this manner of use. There is a 109 different tutorials out there teaching you to do photo manipulation, making buttons for web sites, adding your self into pictures of celebrities but nothing on how paint. Correction, there are tutorials explaining how color images with Photoshop as the medium but they never explain how they got the brush to look like that or do what it does. They also don’t explain how they manage their color pallets if they have one at all. Its not artistic techniques that I’m having problems with its Photoshop its self. So a better question would be how are you people getting it to do those things?
What things? I mean at the base, all you really need to do is use the airbrush tool. What someones works looks like is primarily down to how they apply the brush strokes... not something that can be explained easily. I mean, look how many diverse styles of pencil art you can find, it's the guiding hand thats important.
1st off, make sure you give yourself a nice big canvas size if you are doing a large painting. I usually start off at 2000 pixals wide or more.
I don't know about everyone else but these two brushes are the ones I use the most:
The brush size you pick depends on what you want to do... you can press [ & ] keys to decrease & increase brush size as you paint. Make use of the zoom feature if that helps.
Now take my avatar picture for example.... the fur around the neck was done by using a small brush as above with low opacity, building up levels of highlights and texture with each stroke.
EVERYTHING can be achieved with just the simple brushes, from wood, clouds, monkey fur, alien skin, Slippery snakes... you name it, it's all about the strokes... not the brush. IMHO
Pick a colour you like and start working. If you are painting something like clouds, then you might want to use the soft brush and put the opacity right down, then keep working into the area, adding lighter areas upon the darker areas for example.
The thing to remember is that you just have to sit down, and paint. Tutorials are great for learning tools (or at least learning that they exist)... but looking for tutorials to somehow magically help you mimic an artists style is not gonna work, how you apply the tools is down to you. As I said before, forget all the fancy tools, filters and fluff.... get a blank canvas, pick a colour, pick a brush and just start scribbling away. There are no shortcuts, well... there is a shortcut to mediocrity, reliance on canned effects.
(Do you know how to use layers? If not, lookup the adobe help on them, they are useful.)