Hi, and welcome to Paintable Tips and Tricks! Today, I want to talk about the four best ways to blend color on a canvas, realizing and creating those beautiful skin for your portrait. Let’s go right ahead with Tip No. 1:
Blending with a Soft Round Brush. Now the soft round brush is probably one of the most common tools in Photoshop to blend color. It gets really easy with this brush to blend color, because it kind of finishes in a gradient so the brush being so soft and so smooth, that will start mixing the colors just by brushing them on top of each other. Realizing those perfect smooth edges
everywhere that you need them. The problem has been sometimes, with this kind of brush, is that if you’re not careful enough, you’re going to start rounding everything and a portrait needs some hard edge. If you blend everything with a soft
brush, those hard edges will just disappear and it will result in your painting as if something really plastic and roundish, with no structure at all. You have to be careful to not make it too small as well, to make sure that your blending
doesn’t come to be muddy. Let’s move on to Tip No. 2: with a Hard Edge Brush. Now, blending skin with a hard edge brush can be really difficult. The edge being harder than the soft brush, makes it harder to actually blend the color together. You have to pick up the color and pass it a few times to get those mid values in between the two colors. The good thing with the hard edge brush is that once you paint with it, it will keep a hard edge. So every place on your painting that you need a little bit more structure, let’s say the eye socket or the cheek bone or the nose, by painting with the hard edge brush, you will actually keep the structure and a straight edge which will help you, at the end result, to be able to actually read the portrait better. If everything is too soft or too round, it’s just not going to look like a human face. Tip No. 3: Smdge Tool Now the smudge tool is really tricky if you don’t have the right brush It all depends on the brush that you will use Basically, what the smudge tool does is moving the pixels that are already established on the painting. It can be really hard in some places because it will not create new pixels, it will only push them away and blur them a little. It’s still going to do a great job as when mixing the colors. But when it comes to having a lot of control over your edges, it’s gonna be really really hard with the smudge tool. And that brings us to Tip No. 4: Mixer Brush. Now with the mixer brush, when it comes to actually mixing pigment and paint on canvas, It is really really efficient–it works really well. The problem has been though, depending on the setting, it can be really difficult to control. There are so many settings that you can have and you can use any brushes that you want– the possibilities are just infinite. It takes a little bit of time and a little bit of trial and error to get exactly the right settings for you. Obviously, I think I’ve found my way, in which it works a little bit more like a smudge tool, and gives great results. And that’s it! That’s my four best ways to blend color in Photoshop! I hope you guys really enjoyed it. If you want to know a little bit more about each of them, you just have to simply click on the screen right now on the soft, the hard, the smudge, or the mixer, and we’ll bring you to a video that talks a little bit more in detail about each or them. And it you want to know a little bit more about Paintable and the classes that I’m teaching, you simply have to go to Paintable.cc. Hope you enjoyed this, and I’m looking forward to talking to you guys later!