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Old 06 June 2005   #1
Just some thoughts on smooth blending,

, in Adobe Photoshop.

I've not worked enough in Painter to know how to repeat this process there, so I can't help you in that regard I do get a lot of inquiries on how I blend my colours, and these are some of the ways. I had a while to spare so I threw this together, hoping it might be some help to some of you, or at least a slightly interesting read. It's not in-depth like the face-feature tutorials by any means.

(I know that blending smoothly isn't necessarily what everyone wants to achieve, nor is it the best way to blend. I just thought I'd share.)
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Old 06 June 2005   #2
Bless u Linda...Bless u.....cant praise u enuff for sharing.......
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Old 06 June 2005   #3
Very interesting! Thank you for sharing
Old 06 June 2005   #4
Linda, thanks for sharing!

Blending method 2 is what I use in Painter, using the RoundCamelHair brush.
Old 06 June 2005   #5
Thank you!
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Old 06 June 2005   #6
Very quick, well done tutorial. Thanks a bunch- you know we appreciate it.
Old 06 June 2005   #7
Hey all! Linda, your tutorials are always informative AND elegant. I'm so impressed! I only have a couple of questions...

Okay, at the risk of totally embarassing myself and exposing my newbieness to Photoshop...*cringes* in the first two examples that you have here, you are working using a selected brush and the desired colours, right? There is no involvement of the smudge tool at all?

I only ask because at first I assumed you were using the smudge tool. I think I misunderstood. Are they more a technique of varying degrees of brush pressure and colour opacity?
I have been blending using the smudge tool because I couldn't find another way to combine colours to create a smooth surface. (Be gentle, I'm teaching myself Photoshop over here..ha ha!) I have experienced difficulty in getting the desired surface and now I'm thinking that I've been doing it all wrong...*sighs*

Can you clarify for me?
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Old 06 June 2005   #8
damn, even the way you designed the layout is awesome. you rock.
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Old 06 June 2005   #9
I don't know what I'm thinking, posting a followup to Linda's lovely notes, but here goes:

Before I clean forget. Linda, that's a lovely set of notes you've put together. Nice choice of colors, too. Very soothing.

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Old 06 June 2005   #10
Just reading the second paragraph alone shows me I've been doing it very wrong.
Thanks a bunch Linda.

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Old 06 June 2005   #11
Talking Ah, I get it!

Ahh...I see now. Usually what I do is I blend with the hard edged brush for a while, then take the smudge tool, then paint with the hard edged brush some more, then go over with the soft edged brush. But I have really been wondering how to do it with the spackled brush. This was very informative, thank you Linda!

Old 06 June 2005   #12
This is interesting, I never did digital painting before and I went into using painters wettish brushes for blending. I ' mix on canvas ' but don't get the desired result fast enough.

Basically I'd ask about the entire workflow. For instance when and where to stop adding the basic hard edged colours and then what to go for when blending, and what kind of detail will need to be put in right away and what can be added later.

I'm pretty sure it's possible to add later on, but for the best result a lot might need to be predetermined?

thx again for helping us out on these issues.
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Old 06 June 2005   #13
Beh', where is this spackled brush? Can't seem to find it. :(

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Old 06 June 2005   #14
That brush in the notes looks like a simple custom brush she put together. You can either create one like that, or you can use one of the "spatter" brushes in Photoshop's default brushset:
Old 06 June 2005   #15
Make one , it isn't very difficult really. ANd if you've got a newer version of photoshop I bet you might be able to get it working in 16 bit greyscale. urhm... >><<, ofcourse......same genious behind it.
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