Though the comment about smudging is completely right with the default settings on an average digital art style, it's a very important tool in digital watercolor if you edit it to become a blender tool rather than smudge. Gives very nice watery looks and some texture, so long as you use the right settings and brush.
Smudge tool with default presets gives horrifying results, that's true. But I use a custom brush shape with a custom setting and it creates lovely gradients with a grainy texture! Sometimes it's too smooth though.
hmm see it remember most of these when i do traditional. for some reason when its digital it goes out the window. i think i need some practice from still life's and some real life photos for more practice. hmm thanks for the reminder. hopefully it will stick next time i go to paint digitally
I somehow managed to teach myself smooth blending by murdering using the eye dropper + opacity. I actually hated the effect of the smudge tool and gave up on it in one day xD (it was only used to "blend"my old MS Paint drawings and it made it look meh.) I personally found it hard to use other brushes, so I'm sticking to default for now.
Most of the other things such as contrast and palette selection, I gathered from other extremely helpful tutorials on deviantART. Art at school helped as well
This tutorial really clarified things for me. Thank you very much!
FrodofoxFeatured By OwnerNov 16, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who this is going to help me a lot! I just got my tablet and now I figured how to draw with it, I couldn't figure how to color with it. I just learned the basics of how artists do 'palette brush' looking paints like this www.my-walls.org/wallpapers/20…
People have different perspective, for me, there a lot things that mostly important not just only how to mix color, lights, and also effects. i seen few artist they can mix color ferfectly, but they ignored proportion and visual angel, that makes some problems.
And again.., coloring methodes was very different for each artist, you can tel them `style`, even they make different perception or maybe wrong about colours, and the arts not only percepted by simple things.
Yes, there is no such a sortcut to mastered digital-art, and creating great piece.
you need process, a loot of practicing, seriously, dedicated, working hard, and take years for it.
I hope there is no miss-understanding about my words
Literally just got my Wacom in the mail today, and I've been painting for 5 hours. Figured out after a few tries that the blending tool was super NOT effective in creating a nice look. But I'm glad I stumbled upon this during my break b/c it they are very helpful tips!
Chances are it will be better if you simply paint something blurred to begin with instead of using smudge afterwards. Try using brushes with low opacity (perhaps around 20%-30%?) and set your brush to its softest setting, then try painting with a slightly different color/tone on a flat color to get a feel for what you can do with it. If you are worried about accidentally painting stuff outside of a particular area, consider looking up a tutorial on masking in Photoshop.