Where do you go for tips on illustration in Photoshop

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Strawberrycocoa

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06-22-2012

I see a lot of Photoshop paintings that are so crisp and detailed, but when I do it they come out murky and kinda gross.

Sample: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=2259632

Where do you go for tips on brush styles, sizes, useage, etc?

I tend to use brushes at 20%-40% opacity and use a lot of fast strokes with color selects to blend from dark to light, but my coloring tend to come out too mild.. I mess up the contrast when I blend. >_<

Samples of things I would love to emulate:
http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=2127319
http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1965558
And ESPECIALLY http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1518626. <3 this.


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Mr D

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06-22-2012

lucky for you im feeling nice today and i happen to be good at Photoshop

as for your blending problems i have an easy( but not necessarily the best) way to go about getting smooth gradients on your pictures

simply grab the smudge tool and set the brush options to scatter around 30-50% should be fine, apply it onto any areas that need smoothing out, it works quite well but the only draw back is if you apply it onto edges it blurs them so use sparingly

the rest comes with practice, in time you eventually wont need to use much tools but the brush and the eraser

just keep practicing!


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Strawberrycocoa

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06-22-2012

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Originally Posted by Mr D View Post
lucky for you im feeling nice today and i happen to be good at Photoshop

as for your blending problems i have an easy( but not necessarily the best) way to go about getting smooth gradients on your pictures

simply grab the smudge tool and set the brush options to scatter around 30-50% should be fine, apply it onto any areas that need smoothing out, it works quite well but the only draw back is if you apply it onto edges it blurs them so use sparingly

the rest comes with practice, in time you eventually wont need to use much tools but the brush and the eraser

just keep practicing!
Thanks for the tips/encouragement.


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VenialSin

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06-22-2012

Something you may not know, is usually these files are pretty big, and are just scaled down a lot once posted on the web. This allows for more detail as 100% view can be a small portion of the whole picture.