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Texture and Painting Tutorial: Beginners by Blackpassion777 Texture and Painting Tutorial: Beginners by Blackpassion777
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What's "spacing?" Spacing gives you this effect. While it can be useful, generally it is not. Photoshop's default setting for spacing is about 5%.

!!! This tutorial should translate fairly painlessly to any adobe CS edition. As far as technique, this should also work in any advanced program with layers. !!!

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BRUSH SETSave this to your computer, don't click 'open'
To load brushes: With brush tool active, Right click > Load

At the very bottom of the list you'll see two brushes named 175. I used the first one.
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I made this assuming you had little to no experience with Photoshop. So don't be insulted that I showed a pic of the move tool lol (sorry if there are spelling errors. Also, sorry for the scatteryness. That's how I organize things)

Should translate to other programs decently well. if something is unclear or hard to see, let me know and I'll clarify in the artist's comments. Noticed people wanted to know how to use textures and how I painted, so...this.

Here's the finished speedpaint & another with the same techniques
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This was about 2 hours of work. So if you were to keep going
it would need more highlights and such, which you can figure out on your own.

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:icondervila: Q: Why use RGB and not CMYK if you're going to print?

:iconblackpassion777:A: You can use either. I think the reason I do it is because I've had problems in the past moving textures to a project because the Color Modes were different. Or it's just a habit lol

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:icontuonenkalla: Q: "This is similar to the effect "photo filter" - except to use photo filter on an entire picture it needs to be flattened" But photo filter does affect the entire picture if used as an adjustment layer on top of the other layers?

:iconblackpassion777: A: Super true, I didn't mention that. I rarely use adjustment layers. Who knows why. Doesn't mean you guys can't, so keep that in mind when you're working! If you don't know how, that's fine, my method above is basically the same.

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!!! If you're having trouble reading it, download the fullsize here !!!
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Tried to download the brushes and it said it isn't compatable? Is there a brush set that works with CS4 or higher?
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
(I have CS6 and CS6 CC and it works with that, but no lower, from what I've heard)

Hmmmmm I've found that taking a good texture brush and turning on the texture and messing with the min diameter gets a similar effect (Like at work where they had CS4 and my brush set didn't work lol ). In real life I paint with flats, so it really suits my style and what I'm comfortable with. I think you seem to be more suited to a round, so my brush set might be uncomfortable for you, so don't feel too left out lol  I got the set from a concept art blog, this guy here www.shaddyconceptart.com/downl… Maybe he's got more, I really like his sets~
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I actually just started using flats. Normally yes, I use rounds, but I'm getting used to it and experimenting a bit with them. I've only made a few custom brushes, and vary rarely do I ever mix up the brush settings. Half the time I don't know what I'm doing haha! I guess its just another skill I'll have to learn. 

Thanks for the link! I'll check it out for sure! <3 I really love your current style, its come a long way!
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have a thing where I can only properly use rounds with acrylics XD Actually I don't use acrylic anymore cause the last time I did my teacher thought it was digital OTL so apparently there no use wasting the effort lol Brush settings aren't that bad once you connect them in your head to real life effects. Like spacing. I loathe that it starts at 5% lol Spacing is only good on a grungy brush, but on everything else it looks something dreadful. In other news, my pen jitter came back, so now I get the joys of reinstalling absolutely everything. yaaaay 

Awww thanks CX things are finally making sense. I absolutely adore your new HTTYD2 fanart! For the life of me I cannot focus to do real fanart lol Even though I wish I could.
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yah experimenting with brushes is hit or miss for me. And ugh, I hear ya. I just got a new tablet and already its balding and I get wiggly spots. >_> I don't think my tablet has replacement surfaces, either. 

And you should definitely try fan art! In your style, I'd bet it'd be amazing!!
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emocx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey I may have asked this before, I can't recall OTL but what texture pack is this? o3o
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Up on LostandTaken he has a gallery tab in the top right. GO there under paper and it's near the end of the list, maybe around pg 20 or so? And np, it's not like it's a secret XD
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
He dun seem to have them up anymore, or maybe I'm on the wrong gallery D:
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MissingLync Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
hi thx for the tutorial its rlly helpful but unfortunately idk for some reason my tablet isnt pressure sensitive like when i draw, i does say it is on the box but idk i tried the setting u said for the brushes and i thought it might make it pressure sesitive but its exactly the same any ideas? thx :)
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There could be a few reasons that's happening. Have you recently restored your computer? If so, you might have forgotten to reinstall your tablets driver software. If you lost the disk, they have a neat little list of them on their site where you can download it.

If that isn't the case, try unplugging it, plugging it back in, then configuring the settings under properties.

If none of these things work, the last thing I can think of is clicking the button on the far right, after you have the brush tool selected. [link] It just sounds like the computer is treating the pen like a mouse because it doesn't know to use the pen pressure.

Let me know if any of those things worked!
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MissingLync Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I actually did restore it a while back but the thing is i think the pen pressure was never there when i 1st started using it but the thing is i wasnt really aware of what pressure sensitive was then so im not sure if i was there or not (and this issue has been here for a while.) When i would draw like the lines are really weird and like pixely they would be like smooth i downloaded the drivers and it fixed that but unfortunately not the pen pressure (maybe i didnt downloaded the right one or new one? cause i remember when i tried to download the drivers it wouldnt like let me download the newest one or something like that). And for the configuring settings part um where do i check that out i have the bamboo preferences but there isnt anything there for the settings. And for the button is it the circle on with the pen? I tried it and it did make a difference ._. .... Sigh i really do appreciate the help it means a lot for u trying to help me so Thank You :). Well if you have anymore suggestions much appreciated! Have a nice day and God Bless!
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have a bamboo tablet, so I can't know for sure what the problem might be, but if it's brand new and the drivers seem to be installed, then it's probably an issue with how your computer is interpreting the software and/or the settings are somehow messed up. Usually the instant you touch the pen to the tablet it starts up the driver software. I'd try a shout out in the forums for people with bamboo tablets to see if they've found a way to fix it D:

And no problem, I'll do my best to answer any more questions if you've got them C:
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MissingLync Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
(Btw sorry i forgot to give watch you and give you a llama i forgot D:.) Anyways... guess what i finally got my PEN PRESSURE TO WORK 8D :iconwewtplz: Im so happy :D and i really appreciate your help im serious it means a lot o3o. Im gonna start drawing again but i kinda have art block :P. Imma gonna dedicate a drawing to you so is there anything specific you want me to draw for you? o3o I need improve more and improve my skills so ya :D. And in your journal i think it was, it ask like about what anime this is and there was a link to tumblr, the anime is called K or K Project if you didnt find out yet :p. Oh also a main issue for me when drawing is coloring and drawing backgrounds i have like no idea how to draw backgrounds like cause im not rlly used to ps brushes (and i like never drew a background :P) im more used to paint tool sai brushes so ya. Any tips? Thx again i appreciate it have a nice day and God Bless :D!
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AestheticallyVile Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. This is pretty helpful. Especially for someone like me. I just got CS6 and it can be pretty overwhelming for for someone trying to switch over to digital media.
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drekian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Very Useful, thanks! :D
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem C:
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MorbidFool Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Is it easier using pen tilt rather than pen pressure? Is it like shading with a pencil on an angle, or what?
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Instead of just changing from a small circle to a bigger circle, it also changes to be sharper or broader depending on the angle. I've found that it makes it look a bit more traditional this way than just pen pressure C:
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phantomthief713 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thank you so much for posting!! :)
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, glad it helped!
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phantomthief713 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
:)
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Roxor41 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
very useful tutorial, and well explained. Thanks for sharing `:)
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, thanks! C:
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lmv01 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutuorial!
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! CX
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RebellionFighter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Those layers and settings are a complete mystery to me. I'm using photoshop 7 and so far the hasn't been good tutorials on it.
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Mdnzz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Marvelous D:
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks CX
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OzzieAzazel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fucking love you man! great info
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks C: Glad it's useful CX
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Tuonenkalla Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice little thing, it have been always hard for me to get the textures look natural over the paintings x) Even when I've been using those same blending modes. Well, maybe I can handle them some day.
By the way, this note in step 10: "This is similar to the effect "photo filter" - except to use photo filter on an entire picture it needs to be flattened"
But photo filter does affect the entire picture if used as an adjustment layer on top of the other layers?

Oh, and have you liked the darker background in CS6? I have mixed feelings, I will be buying it probably soon, but that background color doesn't look like a very great idea from Adobe. The point of the neutral grey background was to be neutral, so isn't that more or less disturbing background color to work with photos and paintings? :/
Well, at least it looks damn cool.
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I LOVE the darker background, because for me, light backgrounds have always given me a headache and the letters and icons vibrate (This might just be me). You can still take the background color and set it to neutral while you're working; that's the same.

Photo filter comment: true, my note isn't clear XD I forgot to mention that part. FFF-I'd make a note in the comments, but it's probably pointless unless I take screenshots. Ah well, it's a beginner tutorial XD They can do it the back alley way.
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boxedchocolates Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student
I love the texture idea. Instant cool! :D
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks C:>
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Legacyhunter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can this work in CS5 too? o3o still this tut was helpful ^^
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Every CS is basically identical. Almost everything is in exactly the same place. Everything I mention in this tutorial will work in everything from CS3 and up for sure. I know, I do it often lol
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Angel-Sparks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Thanks so much for this!
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem C:
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A-VeyZ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool tutorial~!
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks C:
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A-VeyZ Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No probs
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knuxfan23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
woah,you have cs6,man i only have cs5,my teacher has cs6,actually,she's had it for a while
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think CS6 came out like a couple months or so ago? So far I really like it. mostly for the lens blur effects and the dark theme lol
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knuxfan23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
yah,that dark theme scared me,lol,it makes it look more complicated,or smarter/harder to use,lol
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Blackpassion777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it has something to do with Autodesk and Adobe merging or something (???), because it works extremely similarly to Premiere and the new Maya when you try animating.
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knuxfan23 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
oh,i didn't know they merged,but yah,i guess because whenever i had 3ds max it was very dark~
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