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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:
Click here for more tutorials from me: tanathe.deviantart.com/gallery…
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:iconhomolagabor:
HomolaGabor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of brush did you use on fire? What is the name of brush?
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
thank you!!:huggle:
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:iconeluminorastudio:
EluminoraStudio Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh, I get it! Thanks so much for this tutorial; I'm new to painting in Photoshop and had a lot of issues which you just solved for me. :)
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wolfpup9404 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
wounds! Yay!
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:iconskitch0616:
Skitch0616 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
SLIME!! Sweeeeeett~~~~~
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:iconpositivewasabi:
PositiveWasabi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
The fire....is too hot to handle 
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:iconjinghis:
Jinghis Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is superb :3
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:iconbloodmet4l:
BloodMet4l Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
That's Amazing!!
Thank you sooooo much!

Sávio Rangel
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:iconnorabattleblood:
Norabattleblood Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! i really needed this!!!!! :D :D :D
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:iconbugufan:
bugufan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for being so thorough and explaining in concise detail. :)
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:icondudgus2429:
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
awesome!!
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:iconrachelpoulain:
RachelPoulain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this resource, definitely gonna try out some of these techniques.
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twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist 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!
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:iconvesner:
vesner Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You probably didn't set the brush mode to 'multiply'.
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twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist 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?
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vesner Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional 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.
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twoflowers1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist 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?
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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.
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jhamzhelix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
=) thanks for the info...
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:iconstripes-01:
STRiPES-01 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Super cool! Love it ^^
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:iconloicky:
loicky Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
thanks for sharing!
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:iconroemonpollard:
RoemonPollard Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
where can i find those cut brushes?
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:iconzithkalin:
ZithKalin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is solid gold! Thank you.
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TheForgottenMyth Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing!
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PotionMasterCernun Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I never understood how the effects of brush blending modes worked ~! :D Sweeeet.
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:iconzshellart:
ZShellArt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to use this, thank you!!!Aww aint it cute 
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:iconkeixayaka:
keixayaka Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful. Thanks for sharing! :)
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TwistyFox Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU.
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:iconrilguia:
Rilguia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you!! this was really helpful! :la: 
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:iconwait0wat:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
much obloged
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:iconashleysmash:
AshleySmash Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice tutorial :D
Especially for someone that can't draw, blend or colour. XD
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Neara-works Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Genius Tanathe. Genius :B
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:iconjack-lambert:
Jack-Lambert Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This was very helpful, thank you.
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dahowlers Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Thanks for posting this! It's super helpful ^.^
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VirtualLuk Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
thank you very much for this tutorial, its very helpful
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:iconartisticdid:
ArtisticDid Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Very interesting !
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:icondivine-angel-heroine:
Divine-Angel-Heroine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice techniques!
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kit-nightwalker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man you have no idea how amazing this is, thank you for making it!
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TerhuneLass Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for this tutorial - very helpful and an excellent reference!
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pancakesandhalibut Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is really cool! 
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:icondozer92:
dozer92 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that meat ball is kinda creepy xD
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Morncreek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent.
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TaizicSherogan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always been having trouble on how to use these! Thank you so much!
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:iconbinaryrays:
BinaryRays Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i love you 
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JocelynPatrick Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!  :rose:
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thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou
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smile1873 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this help me a lot, thanks for posting this :D

(sorry for bad english)
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RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Great thank you!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn that is HANDY!!! Cheers mate :)
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