default brushes


Background Tutorial

requested by ion4ever. sorry it took me so long to do this for you but hopefully I was of some help? 


  • I use CS6, and this was mostly done with default hard round brush at around 50% opacity or higher, 100% flow, and size pressure on. I made some random brushes for the greenery by modifying the default ones.
  • always use a large canvas. I go about 3000px x 3000px.
  • with enough practice, painting backgrounds like this will be a fairly quick affair. this one, for example, took about 30 minutes? it’s just a matter of time/experience. :)

So yeah, good luck doing backgrounds, and have fun!! :D

anonymous asked:

sorry if this is intrusive but can you please please share the pen(s) you use for coloring and it's settings? I love your art, thank you!!

Hello thanks for sending me an ask! My apologies for replying so late!
I only use the brush and pencil tool to draw and paint. Both of these are default brushes that come with SAI, I just tweaked the settings a bit :^’)
For coloring I use the HSV and RGB slider to adjust the colors i use. It’s a life saver for me! Feel free to send me any further asks!

Finally got time to redraw what might be my favorite shot in the entire show <3

Here are some Photoshop tips and tricks that I wish I’d known when I started digital painting. The shortcuts are for Photoshop CS6, but they should be similar across versions.

  • Flip your canvas while sketching. This will make anatomical flaws painfully obvious and may help you work out areas you’re having trouble with. You may literally recoil in horror when you flip it (I know I have), but after you fix the mistakes and flip it back your drawing will look much better. (Image > Image rotation > Flip canvas horizontal).
  • Liquify is your best friend for fixing your sketch. It allows you to push and pull sections of your drawing around so you can fix little things without having to redraw them a million times. However, it will slightly blur the areas you push around so don’t use it on your final images because you’ll loose some detail. (Filter > Liquify…).
  • Adjust the brush presets for smoother lines. Photoshop’s default brushes have spacing set to 25% for some bizarre reason; reducing the spacing to 1% will give you smoother lines. (Brush panel > Spacing > 1%).
  • Rename and rearrange your brush presets. Save brush settings you like, delete the ones you don’t use, and test/rename all the brushes you download to avoid cluttering up your presets and streamline your process. Everyone loves trying new brushes, but I always end up going back to the same 5. You can also rearrange your workspace under the Window menu.
  • Blend your colours while painting by selecting the intermediate colour. Okay, everyone and their mom has probably told you that blending with the intermediate colour is far superior to the Blur and Smudge Tools. What they usually fail to mention is that you can quickly select any colour on your canvas by holding the ALT key while using the Brush Tool. (I’ve programmed one of the hot keys on my tablet to be ALT so I can select colours quickly while painting without having to switch to Eyedropper Tool or Colour Picker).
  • Use Clipping Masks to restrict your painting to a specific area. Need 12 layers to get the right skin tone but tired of erasing the edges of each one so they line up perfectly? Use a clipping mask to prevent a layer from exceeding the boundaries of the layer below it. (Layers panel > new layer > RIGHT CLICK > Create clipping mask).
  • Test your colour and tone variety by taking them to the extreme. Using adjustment layers that max out the saturation of you painting will give you a clear idea of the colours you’ve used and the overall hue of your piece. Another adjustment layer minimizing saturation will make it obvious where you need to add more light or shadow to boost your contrast. (Layers panel > Create new fill or adjustment layer > Hue/saturation… > Saturation set to +100 or -100).
  • Make your painting more cohesive with Curves. Curves will adjust the overall hue and tone of your painting, which can quickly tie all of your elements together and add atmosphere. You can also adjust Levels and Brightness/Contrast in the same way. (Layers panel > Create new fill or adjustment layer > Curves…)
How to draw


Don’t forget to download the elemaps and brushes Text !

Download elemap 

Download brushtext

These brushes are the ones which I use the most :

RUSSESKETCH is for sketching

CYAPEN is for blending

And Crayon is (one of SAI’s default brushes ) for filling

Let’s begin with a messy sketch :

On a new layer, you need to use the “RUSSESKETCH brush”

and you don’t need to worry about drawing neatly!

Make a new layer to draw over the sketch.

(with a colour of your choice) Use CRAYON brush and make sure to not leave any gaps!

Then take the bucket and fill it in!

Then you will fuse your 2 layers together

Now its time to blend! Take the “CYAPEN brush”, then take another colour of your choice ,you can add even more details on your hair and try to give it an interesting shape!


1: You can try many elemaps! It might give you some interesting textures to use!

2: Feel free to change the scale, density or texture and then try to experiment in even more interesting ways!

3: Don’t be shy! Try messing with the contrast! It might give an interesting colour to the hair!

4: It works for colour gradient!

5: If you want to make the texture and shape of your haircut better, don’t use the eraser! Keep your brush and click on the transparent button!

If there is something you don’t understand or something I should talk about and explain even more, feel free to send me a question! I will try my best to explain!

I hope this can help some artists to improve!

Thanks  @jendra82 without you i couldn’t do this tutorial !


I’m still working away on the project that all those ink tests were for, but on a whim I decided to try sketching in photoshop for the first time in forever this week.  What do you guys think of my style in digital?  I have a lot of concept art I want to work on in the next few months so I think it’d be good to bone up on my digital skills! (≧∀≦)

anonymous asked:

What brushes did you use to do the blush for your most recent doodle? I like the texture !

i just use the default marker brush and set the layer texture to watercolor b and got it way up


To end the year I rushed to finish the “2 year redraw” that was due! It’s been 10 years since I started so I didn’t want to let my past self down!!

This will probably be the last time I do this, but it’s been a huge journey seeing the whole progress. My HDD failed a few months back so only had default SAI brushes to work with this time, but did my best! I’ve not drawn much this year so I want to work harder to make up for lost time in the future :)


hello anon! these are my brush settings

tbh i don’t think it’s so much the brush settings (aside from the angle jitter) as much as the brushes themselves, which is why i included my preset list. the list is cobbled together from various default brush sets from photoshop cs6:

  • faux finish brushes
  • default brushes (includes the chalk brushes which i highlighted)
  • natural brushes 1 & 2
  • wet media brushes

the only exceptions are the two brushes linked in my faq. i hope this helps!

eta: tumblr please fix the pixelated previews (if you click on them they’re fine)

I’m seeing a lot of first time entrants to the Brightshine Jubilee contest, so here’s some helpful skin/accent tips

1. Color your Shadow and Line layers. As long as the lines and shadows are visibly distinct from the other details of the dragon, they can be any color. By default these layers are transparency locked, meaning you can paint on it without going outside the boundaries of what’s already on the layer. Some programs also to use the Hue/Saturation thing to colorize it. Coloring your lines and shadows make your colors a lot more vibrant.

2. Be careful with your use of default photoshop brushes.
You know how in movies you occasionally hear that stock scream that so many other films use? Doesn’t it take you out of your immersion for the moment where you think “Hey I’ve heard that before..”? Well there’s a similar effect when you use the most common photoshop brushes. These brushes still have a place, but I find they’re good for the sketching process or a small part of texturing. You need to add more to them if you don’t want the Wilhelm effect.

3. I’m about to make your life so much easier if you didn’t know this tip.
You aren’t allowed to go outside the bounds of the dragon, so you need to make sure there’s no stray lines. This is something you can do when you’re totally done with your design, and you can do it in two seconds.

Photoshop works just about the same, but I’m using Sai for this explanation.

First, CTRL+Click your Skin Parts folder to select the whole dragon’s silhouette. (If you only use the Base layer, the linework is excluded, and that’s a problem for some species like pearlcatchers and imps since their whiskers are included there.) You may have to turn off layers you made, if you put any in that folder. In photoshop, you might have to merge the folder first.

Once you have the dragon’s silhouette selected, find your layer(s) with your designs. It’s easier if you have them all in a folder because you can just apply the next step to the folder. Find the Layer Mask button and simply click it. BAM, now there’s nothing outside the lines. As long as you don’t edit your mask, you can even draw new stuff and it won’t allow you to draw outside the lines.

aw mAN HAHA firealpaca’s a really good program honestly!

this is the pen i made that doesn’t use pressure! to make a new brush you click that little sheet of paper at the bottom of the brush palette! if you want this pen then just change the settings to this! (the width doesn’t matter, that’s just the size of your brush)

i also use the the pen tool which is a default brush, and the airbrush tool! my only customized brush is the no pressure pen but you can experiment all you like!

in firealpaca i really keep stuff simple though! i don’t tend to use effects or do anything fancy. the fanciest stuff i do is changing settings on the layers to do cool lighting or shading sometimes! that would be kind of a longer tutorial though which i might do at a later time for coloring and stuff

maybe when i have some more time i’ll do a few different posts about different cool stuff in firealpaca you can do! but honestly there’s a lot on firealpaca i don’t use or have even figured out–everything i’ve learned has been through experimenting! but i can share stuff i’ve learned or stuff i’m currently learning in the future when i got some more time for tutorials!!