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Brush blending modes - tutorial by vesner Brush blending modes - tutorial by vesner
Painting fire, slimes and wounds in one go - an introduction to brush blending modes in Photoshop.
Recently the first page of dA filled with all sorts of step-by-step tutorials as to how paint THINGS. No one ever tries to explain how to paint these things easier. So here I am showing you how to make it simple. As always try to experiment - change brushes, colours, blending modes and try out new stuff. Have fun!

You will find the brushes I use here:
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bugufan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Thanks for being so thorough and explaining in concise detail. :)
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
romanceofcrime Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this resource, definitely gonna try out some of these techniques.
twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for this, just have one question. for the wounds i start with a light red, but it won't go darker than a full red, nowhere near black like in your picture. do you change the red color during painting or am i missing something?
Thanks in advance!
vesner Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Digital Artist
You probably didn't set the brush mode to 'multiply'.
twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i thouth so myself, but i definitely set the brush mode it to multiply. even now tried again. won't go any darker than red...
do i have to set the layer i'm painting on also on multiply? (doesn't seem to do anything...)

are there any other brush settings that maybe causing the trouble? or do i need a special red color for it work?
vesner Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Huh... maybe try picking a darker colour of red then? It should always work unless you picked pure white but maybe the difference is so subtle you can't see it after only a few strokes.
Your layer should usually be set to normal. It doesn't need to be changed to a different blending mode unless you're going for a very specific effect.
twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i think i've found it...
if i use a light red color e.g. : #ff6376 - it won't go any darker...
the brightness (HSB) of the color mustn't be 100%. anything below seems to work, e.g.: #fc6274 (nearly same color as above, just 99% brightness).

can you confirm this behaviour?
harrie5 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Blending modes are calculated using maths. Multiply is quite simple, it's just the active layer x the background layer. This does mean that if you use something at maximum brightness, however, it cannot multiply as that is the highest value. So using something at 100% brightness won't work if you want it to get darker.
jhamzhelix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
=) thanks for the info...
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