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Simple Color Blending Tutorial by StarshipSorceress Simple Color Blending Tutorial by StarshipSorceress
Hey everyone. Just a simple color blending tut. This is a common problem I see with smudge tool and overblending, so I thought I'd put in my two cents :twocents: I hope it's at least helpful to someone, I'm not sure if I explained it that well. And sorry if my handwriting is too messy XD

If you have any questions, just ask me! Made with Paint Tool Sai

(C) *TheSpaceGypsy


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differnt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
ah i wish i found this one earlier , many many thanks
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LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Oh, this is super helpful, I've hated my blending tool because it smudges the lines and everything, but then I feel like the colours don't properly mix! This is super helpful!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Glad to help! :)
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CaP411 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You just made my painting approach easier...thank you!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I'm glad to hear it! <3
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gloomytown Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
what are your brush presets?
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
for sai or photoshop?

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gloomytown Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
sai please!!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I put my brush info in my FAQ (: fav.me/d6rnxcr
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Alwaheibi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you please tell why blending technique   used is it to determine the shape dark sides and light sides which will be followed by light colors and dark colors  .. thank you very much 
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I'm sorry I'm not exactly sure what you're asking me XD Could you rephrase please? (:
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Maybe he wants to know how you determine the shape of an object with lights and shadows, and use a particular blend in order to give them volume.
Which I would ask too if I can. 
How can you use this blending for shading sharp areas, such as the chin-neck or fingers?
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Oh well that's sort of an entirely different tutorial to be honest, haha. 

This method of blending works for any object, I use it in all my work. It's more the way you use your colors and shading/highlighting that determines the volume and shape of an object. I guess if you're having trouble getting sharp areas when you blend, you may be overblending and making things look too flat, which circles back to shading/highlighting to create volume. 

A really good tutorial I can recommend to you on color, blending, shadows/highlights, etc is this one: fav.me/d31xj5t

It really helped me understand these concepts and may help you too! <3 
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Alwaheibi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
am working with sketch book pro 6 .. is this way work on it cause when i do so .. when start blending the color it likes i use eraser to erase side colors .. i think  copycat is different there or am doing it wrong 
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Yes, this way works on all paint programs that have the ability to change brush opacity. 

What do you mean by erasing side colors? Could you maybe post an example of a color blending practice you did in your stash so I can maybe see what the problem is?
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IXAmXDeathXBee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
A bit like in real painting! I didn't even think of it, thanks ^w^
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Yeah, a little bit! (: No problem ^^
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ShekinaShalom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful thanks!!!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
my pleasure (:
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ShekinaShalom Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D (Big Grin)
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CookieRoll Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! This looks helpful! :D

Though.. It's really hard to blend the colours for me... I mean, when I use the eyedropper I allways just pick one of those two colours, not something between them..
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Really? What do you normally have your opacity at? You might be putting them down too strong if you cant seem to pick up middle colors.
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CookieRoll Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well.. Normally I have it on 100%, because I never though about doing it like this.. But it's better now, I probably just need to get used to it.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Yeah, it may take a bit of time to get used to (: Good luck!
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:iconcookieroll:
CookieRoll Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
No problem! <3
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Creycsi-Ceyn Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I never understood how people get the colors in faces down so well :blush:
this is very helpful, I love your tutorials!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Happy to help ^^
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startraveller776 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! As a newbie to digital painting I find this incredibly useful!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Happy to hear it! :3 Good luck with your painting ^^

Also live long and prosper :3
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pen-not-pencil Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol this is helpful thanks! When ever I used my blur or water color brush I always never liked how it blended (and the color blender brush doesn't help as much either lol ) but this makes sense in a lot of ways.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Glad to be of service! XD
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you tell me how to set up a good palette?thanks^^
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Hopefully I can do a tut on that soon c:
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah!you make me happy!thanks.can i huge u?^^
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Aww, sure! (: :hug:
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks^^
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congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah!!!!! i found it.you are my inspiration! i'm vietnamese and in my country,nobody tell me like this.sorry my bad english.^^ thanks keep up your good work!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
You're very sweet! Glad to be of help!
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah!i'll study hardly to get it! thanks
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Good luck! <3
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks^^
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M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This makes so much sense man do I want to delete my smugger. So I dont feel tempted to use it.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Go ahead if you'd like! Smudge can have it's uses but it's not a necessity c:
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M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I do agree it is good for some but not for all.
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aeriusexodus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, very helpful. But, it won't be easy for me who is very lazy. I often used smudge tool before knowing this. :D
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I checked out your page and you seem to do much better with smudge than most. I don't think smudge is bad if used in moderation or in early stages. but like my tut tries to explain, the best method I've seen used to achieve realism is using lower opacity brushes to blend transitions. trust me, I know it's hard to stay away from smudge, but once you get the hang of this method it's actually quite fun! :) I hardly ever need smudge now.
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aeriusexodus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, i recently applied this technique and i shows lots of differences. the skin look more realistic eventhough it required a little bit of effort.Thanks alot, man!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'm really glad to hear that! My pleasure c:
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO CLEVER HOMG
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