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hi guys, relatively new here been lurking and trying out some of the tips/tricks some of you have been posting. heres a question to all who may be able to help:
im using photoshop cs2, have used 4,5,6&7, but im trying to use photoshop to color/paint some of my drawings(im a tattoo artist, have been for 18 yrs.)
i cannot figure out how to smooth out my color fades, it always looks choppy when i use the smudge tool, or when i use the airbrush tool, adjusting the opaqueness as i go.
is there any way to..."render" the colors so the program smooths it out for you?
i have been told that you can, but you have to write code to do it, and im not that good on a computer.
or maybe a second route, is there any way to get a scanner to pick up all the colors from a colored pencil drawing(i use extensive layering and blending, including acetone) but the scanner only seems to pick up the first 4 layers.
any help would be greatly appreciated. i respect quite a few of you on here, and i respect your opinions(the reason i dont want to post any of my unfinished work....yet.....)
Check out the "digital painting in PS" thread in this forum. It's all about effective blending in Photoshop. The basic technique (which can be modified as desired) is this: layer the basic colors pretty boldly, then go in with a lower-opacity or lower-flow brush and begin sampling colors. (You can alt-click an area to pick up its color; then you just keep overlaying the adjacent colors and sampling again until you achieve a smooth blend.
Could you post some quick examples?
i did find that thread that datameister mentioned, naturally 10 minutes after i posted...lol
im working on these techniques now. i did post one of my originals in my profile to show how the scanner wont pick up, but i dont have photobucket yet, but tomorrow is another day.
I also think you should post some of your work so we can see it.
Let us be your critique...
Something I found that helps blending colors without desaturating is to use the color picker tool.
While laying down color, chose a lower opacity and paint one color over the other color. Hold down -alt- and choose the tone which seems like the best combination between the two colors.
I've found that the "blending" tools will desaturate colors too easily and ruin the edges you might want to keep.