How to Blend Colors Using Photoshop’s Soft Edge Brush

How to Blend Colors Using Photoshop’s Soft Edge Brush


Welcome to Paintable Tips and Tricks,
guys! This video is going to show you how to blend color with the soft brush. And to demonstrate that, I’m going to use this painting of mine. It’s a portrait which has every value, every shadow, every highlight in a geometric shape, and nothing is blended. Personally, I don’t start my painting like that. But that way, it’s going to be easier for me to demonstrate the tricks and the tips in this video. Hi guys! So the first tip is going to be to blend color with a soft round brush. And what I mean by soft round brush is the brush that I have right now. As you can see, when I paint with it, it will automatically create a soft edge, which automatically then will blend the color with the background and the foreground color that I’m applying To give you an example with another color I could take another color here and by painting it in the middle, the two colors will blend together automatically which will save me time to actually create new tones I would like to show you that on an actual illustration here that I prepared. It’s an illustration that I prepared with really quick patches to represent different values of it. So as you can see, there’s nothing blended right now. And I want to show you how to blend this now with the soft brush. So I’m going to create a new layer on top of it. And by just selecting the colors and start painting, and blending them, I can pick up the new
tones that I’m creating. And just start applying them everywhere. And as you can see, they’re going to start mixing together. By repeating this, I’ll be able to
finish all of this everywhere. Now if I have to point out the pros and cons of this technique, I would say that as a pro, the fact that it creates an automatic gradient is definitely a plus. That way, it’s helping me mix the two
colors and I’m blending all the time, and I don’t have to worry if it’s going to make lines or anything. It’s just going to blend them together perfectly. If I had to point back to the cons of this technique, it could get really muddy if I’m not really careful. And let me give you an example of what I mean. if I were to use a really small brush, and try to blend it, all the parts would just start to be really really muddy. As you can see right now, it’s kind of not
blending all together–it’s patchy at some places, and that’s basically because my brush is too small. If I go on other side here and choose a bigger brush, I can easily now blend the big portions of the portrait. Moving up slowly the pigments. Obviously, if I’m using a bigger brush, I cannot go in the corner of her eye here. i will have to use a I would have to use a smaller brush and just be more careful. But if I’m doing something like the whole cheek, using a bigger brush will actually help me make sure that I’m not getting too muddy. So as you can see here, it’s having it really nice transition between the cheekbone and the jaw, and here, it’s more muddy and patchy. And that’s it for this step! I hope you
enjoyed the video! If you’re interested in trying this technique and using the same brushes that i’m using, just click on the link below the video.

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