here is some more tips on how i paint. this would most likely be helpful to beginers in photoshop
here is the same brush, using a wacom and different settings and some shading and texturing strokes
on the top i show what happens to a stroke when you lower the flow percentage. to the right is a render (gradient) with one stroke like that of a pencil (the flow is at 5%.) i dont usually paint like this.
the three marks on the very right are the different pressure settings for my digital tablet (wacom). they buttons on the upper right face of the tablet. from left to right: soft, medium, firm.
below those marks are marks at 100% flow, to show what happens to a stroke when you lower it's opacity. to the right of them is my dominant shading technique which consists of mulitple strokes layered ontop of eachother. on the bottom i use the same technique, just using different strokes and stuff.
edges play an important role in an image, and being concious of them can only help you as you paint.
this is basically the same technique i have always used, but i use a soft brush to block in the forms.
see those extra set of number keys on the far right of your keyboard? that is called you numpad. you can use your numpad to quickly change the opacity of your strokes.
for example, if you hit 1 = 10%, 2 = 20%, 53 = 53%, 100 = 100%, 05 = 5%
you can hold shift and draw a straight line. i used all these techniques in this demo:
while using the brush tool, if you hit alt, the brush tool will turn into the eyedropper tool and you can select a color, release alt and paint with your brush.
i use all this for blending. like in this next demo i made for all of you, i have two colors and i select one of the colors and mark it on the other at - in this case at 50%. i select that color and undo = ctrl+z. make a mark in the center at 100%, then add two more marks on its edges at 50%, select an edge's color and repeat the process. then i lower my opacity to 20% and go to town.
i clean up the edges by marquee selecting an area and filling that area with white.
hitting ctrl+backspace will fill with your background color and alt+backspace will fill with your foreground color.
if you hit the "d" key, it will reset your foreground and background colors to black and white.
in this next demo, i am showing you many different variations of tricks. in this demo i hope to show you how overlapping shapes can create forms and how, when i work, i go back and forth back and forth. note the effects of a complete wash of value. if you have black and white shapes and brush over them with a 50% gray, the black turns from 100% black, to 75% (a guesstimate) and the white turns from 0%, to 25% (also a guesstimate) but i hope you get the point: doing this will remove contrast, giving you mid tones that you can add those 100% and 0%'s right back in. ideally, this turns your 2 tone image into a 4 tone image - which can be continued; giving your image a larger range of values.
through all of these demos i have used one of my favorite brush technique, i would think would be called cutting. at any rate, this technique can be used with traditional medium, the nice thing about digital is the forgiveness. you could paint black on white and white on black all day with photoshop. its a simple concept, but it can be very helpful and fun, check it out:
i hope this was helpful for someone. play with these concepts and you you may learn something more.
these are some of the little things i use to create my artwork.