Blending – With Pen Pressure

Posted on 2011/12/29 at 23:57 by daarken 28 Comments

One of the most common questions that people ask is how do you blend in Photoshop? The technique Daarken uses for blending in Photoshop is done simply through varying the pressure on the tablet and from color picking new values. Daarken takes you through the process of blending the planes that were created in the last tutorial using the Asaro head.

28 Comments on "Blending – With Pen Pressure"

  1. Trace007 · 2011/12/30 at 00:28 · Reply

    The smudge technique seems like it would take a while to get that transition between values.

  2. Nik · 2011/12/30 at 00:53 · Reply

    :) thanks, I think my humble bamboo simply doesn’t offer the sensitivity to replicate how I would do it traditionally. I’m fixing that situation!

    • Carlos Arthur · 2011/12/30 at 01:09 · Reply

      The bamboo is a great tablet, I work with him and I have no problems about, just imagine the noah bradley still uses the Graphire 4 :)

      • Henry · 2011/12/30 at 06:02 · Reply

        Yeah having a bamboo is no excuse. It has enough sensitivity.

    • Cluly · 2011/12/30 at 10:02 · Reply

      My little Bamboo does fine for this, a bit like are Daarken said, I’d never really thought about it until now.

  3. Nik · 2011/12/30 at 02:21 · Reply

    I want to draw directly onto the screen. I like the bamboo but I does require me to sit at my iMac etc. I do that all day so I want to replicate having a pad in my lap you know?

  4. Ricardo Arganza · 2011/12/30 at 02:37 · Reply

    HI, there.
    Very nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing it´s very inspiring. I think i´ll use the technique for practice. I have a problem with blending. I use Painter and it has a great blending tools palette, so there´s no trouble in there but the fact is that i always blend too much. I have no trouble with finished illustrations but when i try to do a speedpainting it doesn´t look loose, it looks uncompleted. I love the way you and other artists can make loose drawings and make it look so great but i just can´t. I feel unsecure when i do it. I´m focusing on it but i´ll apreciate some advice. Any suggestion?
    Thanks for all and sorry if my grammar is too bad.

  5. jorge oliveira · 2011/12/30 at 05:08 · Reply

    thanks for these tutorials daarken, ive actually been using this bust to help me out with portrait painting, so i can know where the shadows and bright values are, its very helpfull, though ive been practicing with color, and its a bit tricky :P, anyway thanks

  6. Johnny · 2011/12/30 at 06:59 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, this isn’t related to the video, but could you do some tutorials on perspective, I do know 1pt, 2pt, and 3pt perspective, but I don’t know how to put a character or creature in perspective, or how to draw a vehicle or an object with perspective. Like, I have some perspective books, but I feel that they don’t cover everything that I need to know.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/30 at 10:30 · Reply

      Yup, I already plan to cover that. Thanks!

      • techrobot · 2011/12/30 at 10:57 · Reply

        Yep hit perspective please, thanks.

  7. francis ansing · 2011/12/30 at 07:02 · Reply

    thanks alot daarken. i am always watching your tutorials. they are so helpful

  8. Eludor · 2011/12/30 at 07:27 · Reply

    The smudgetool has a strange effect.
    If you turn the saturation up, you can see theres a lot of diffrent color in the smudged areas.

    for those people who want to have a really clean blending, use a soft brush, like the default airbrush.

    Thanks daarken for the video.

  9. Judy · 2011/12/30 at 08:09 · Reply

    Is it true that the lower the opacity the more blury? It is funny because i heard this from somoeone but, how come your drawing are never blury?

  10. Judy · 2011/12/30 at 08:10 · Reply

    Oh I forgot to mention wonderful tutorial and very useful as usual!!! :D

  11. evaxe · 2011/12/30 at 10:30 · Reply

    does the whole planes thing work for the rest of the body? ive seen the hand vid of your that you paint in planes and im guessing the foot can be painted as planes also, but what else? neck, shoulders, arms, legs, chest, stomach, etc.?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/30 at 10:32 · Reply

      Yup, you can apply it to everything.

  12. Robert · 2011/12/30 at 10:32 · Reply

    wow i didn’t think it was going to be that easy.

  13. Patrik.P · 2011/12/30 at 11:05 · Reply

    Tips for bleding: some artists like to use soft edged brush to completely get rid of any traces of line.

    Allso for ppl that use SAI, or Illust studio Blur tool is extremely powerfull, this is more for manga/anime style.

  14. Britt Martin · 2011/12/31 at 07:48 · Reply

    I will use the smudge tool at times actually, but I also add a scatter to it in the bush settings.
    You can get a lot of control / variety depending on how much scatter, how much pressure and how much blur there is in the bush….

  15. Mick2006 · 2012/01/01 at 15:46 · Reply

    Hi Daarken I have a question similar to Johnny’s question about perspective you mentioned in one of your tutorials that you sometimes use google sketchup for the perspective in some of your paintings. Will you ever release a tutorial showing how to this is done? I would buy it first day of release. Awesome blending tutorial btw

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/01 at 16:32 · Reply

      I actually haven’t used SketchUp in about 3 years. I only used it a few times when I was working at BioWare Mythic. I know Matt Kohr has done some SketchUp tutorials on his Ctrl+Paint site. I probably don’t even remember how to use the program anymore, haha. If I ever do a tutorial with SketchUp I will be sure to let people know. Thanks!

  16. Tizbi · 2012/01/01 at 18:57 · Reply

    that’s how I normally paint in photoshop now, although it’s a bit choppy from time to time
    the real pain is blending colors in ps

  17. Patricia · 2012/01/02 at 09:52 · Reply

    Thank you for all your tutorials, they’re really helpful. I’m trying to leave comic style and start doing more realistic drawings and I find your page like a treasure chest of tips for that:) thanks and happy 2012!

  18. Esaú · 2012/01/10 at 18:33 · Reply

    Nice tutorial, this is definitely the best way to blend, something really helpful too is to arrange the “sample size” of the eyedroper tool to a higher level like “11 by 11″ it makes easier!

  19. Anderson · 2012/03/27 at 11:46 · Reply

    Hi, Darkeen.

    Just a little tip: When you talk about matching the direction of your stroke with the plane you are blending (3:00 or so on your video), another way to do that is setting the Angle Jitter to pen pressure under Shape Dynamics on your brush settings. That way you dont need to change the angle for every different plane direction.

    Good job and thanks for sharing all this stuff.

  20. KALUHS · 2012/11/16 at 12:16 · Reply

    TY so much for this tut, Thnx to this I figured out how to paint/blend in photoshop with a mouse! I use the same chalk brush and just drop opacity between 20-30% going back and forth between black and white. Takes a little longer than pen pressure but now I can let go of pen and paper and explore digital painting. All ur other tuts have been a BIG help.

    -New Fan

  21. EW · 2014/05/02 at 04:22 · Reply

    You can also use the mixer brush.

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