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Photoshop tutorial Basic for beginner artist part II

Photoshop tutorial Basic for beginner artist

by Chris

-Thanks again brother
Your first time to and Don't really know what to do with Photoshop?

Q>> "i wish there was an actual REALLY basic photoshop painting tutorial, as i don't know how he is using the eyedropper, different opacities, layers and brushes."

Chris reveal some most hidden secret for you guys!

"If you nose around the site, in the various tutorials and blog entries I think you'll find the answers you need.

But that could take alot of time! Having scanned about for the info since I first started coming here I might be able to help out with a few of those points off the top of my head. Hope I remember them right!

Opacity: When first sketching out it's at about 30%. When using colour it's between 70%-100%.

Colour: when using the colour tab, there's a little drop down menu that you can click on to the right of the box. There are lots of different sliders there that you can choose to work with instead of the default set. It is very useful to use the HSB set when painting in photoshop. (Hue, Saturation, Brightness)

Eye-dropper: When you eventually find the colours/values you want the eye-dropper is used to help pick out those colours again without using the colour tab. Saves alot of time!


There are lots of ways of using layers, especially when combining those layers.

- Normal layers are pretty self-explanatory.
- A multiply layer lets you paint over whatever is underneath without losing the image. This can be extremely helpful when you've created an intricate bit of line work you wish to preserve (the link below shows this in step 2):

- An overlay layer is exactly that; you are overlaying one colour on top of the other i.e. a normal layer is red, you paint over that with a blue and the two colours mix into purple. A multiply layer does not do this; it uses the value (how light or how dark something is) of the colours below only. So I paint that same bit of red - but this time it doesn't turn purple, instead it is another shade of blue, either lighter or darker, depending on the value of the red beneath.

- Screen layer. This one is pretty hard to explain. When using black and white on this layer, pure white seems to paint up as normal. Pure black however is completely transparent. I THINK this is used to help with various lighting effects normally, but it can also be used to help pick out colours. When using a screen layer, try to think of the colour as light rather then a bit of paint.

I should explain that most of the time in these tutorials both overlay and screen are used to pick the colour only - make the layers, paint on them, but when you have found the colour you want remove those layers and use the colour on a normal layer.

Brushes: Try not to get overrun with loads of different brushes. Have a hard-edged brush and a soft-edged brush to use the most. The soft-edge helps with blending or making things seem distant. The hard-edge helps to define a solid object or bring something to the front of a piece. Use a few texture brushes to help give a piece more interesting texture, or to save you some time! (a brush that can be used for painting hair for example). Again in that yellow mecha robot piece you can see the sponge-like brush used for the background.

(I'd like to point out though that there are many ways to approach drawing with traditional media and stuff like photoshop. Use what works for you!)"

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Luca said…
yeah well said Chris-- just one very simpe thing that I want to add to your words is that if you're working with a brush and you need the eyedropper tool, you can simply press the ALT key and will temporarly show the eyedropper tool until you release the button.

For the rest Chris explained very well!
XIA said…
Thanks Luca, I will add that into the post somewhere. Peace!