Recently, you may have noticed I’ve been doing some drawings (I still call them drawings, even though they’re in Photoshop; is there a different term one should be using?) that are a bit more painterly. In the comments of the previous post, Dana asked how this technique was done. That’s as good a reason as any to do some sort of Tony Hart/Bob Ross-style tutorial. Cursors at the ready, here we go.
First, choose the brush tool in the tool menu. Then go to the Options bar and click on Mode and choose Overlay.
Essentially, what that does is, for want of a better word, make the paint applied by the brush more like watercolour paint, in so much as every “layer” of paint applied adds more colour, not just adding to a flat plane of the same colour. In the next picture, you’ll see I’ve drawn a circle, not taking my finger off the mouse at all so it has a solid plane of colour.
Every subsequent application, with separate brush strokes (that is, every time I take my finger off the mouse and then do it again is a separate brush stoke) changes the colour. In centre right, you can see that it’s getting lighter and lighter from every brush stroke going out from that point.
Here’s the circle completely filled in.
I’m never really precise about it, but to get the skin tones I’m mostly using, I stick the Saturation on -40 and the Lightness on +20.
Which leaves the circle looking like this.
Because of the odd way that some colours work in this Overlay mode, I often use the Hue slider (back in the same pop-up Hue/Saturation window) to change colours. For example, here’s four colours created from the same base colour above.
As I mentioned above, colours in Overlay mode are often a bit odd. I don’t know the scientific reason why colours work like this, but the application of more “layers” of colour sometimes turn colours darker, sometimes lighter. So I made myself a palette just to save myself a bit of time searching through various reds, blues, whatevers to find one that works the way I want it to.
That’s pretty much it. You end up with something like this.