More Handclaps!

Anonymous asked: in your garchomp drawing did you use textures or a brush to make it look like that? its so good uguuuuuu

It’s a brush that I got from baysalt who got it from here! It’s the 65pt brush called “sdfg 2” and is pretty baller.

For the lines I used the “Round 3 pt” pencil from the Stumpy Pencil set. That is my go to sketch brush for EVERYTHING.

Anonymous asked: JUST WHAT brush do you use!?

I switch up brushes all da time, Anon! Here are the main ones I use, though:

- The Stumpy Pencil set (this is my favorite at the moment)

- Even more pencil brushes!

- fox-orian’s brush set (I’ve only used a few of these, but look how organized it is!)

- Kakimari’s Brush (for something smoother)

Oh, and the default Oil Pastel Large brush in Photoshop is great, too. I can be more specific if you give me a particular drawing you are curious about.

Photoshop Tip #2

OK! Now that we’ve got the basics down, let’s do some more basics!! Sketching, inking, and a nifty selection trick for laying down flats, mainly. (I keep trying to put a cut here, but Tumblr won’t let me, so I apologize to your Dash).

Alright, so you have a new document in Photoshop ready to go - now what? You can import a scanned sketch (I uh don’t do that, so I can’t really help you there), OR just start sketching straight in the program (this is what I do).

Make sure you aren’t on your background layer when you start sketching! Make a new one. Lock those other ones up if you gotta (with the little lock icon in the layer panel - I will get to the other buttons in another post). I have drawn on the wrong layer far too many times. And still do. It is infuriating. Naming your layers is also a good practice to be in and can help avoid this problem (sorta).


I like to use blue when I sketch - anything different than the inking color, really. Once you’re done with a rough sketch, make a new layer.

I set my sketch layer to roughly 50% opacity, make sure I’m on the inking layer, and just… go at it. I included my brush settings in this picture, but I only now realized you can’t read that for shit, so my bad. I will cover brushes later, haha. I am the best teacher ever!

OK, so you are done inking. Time to lay down some base colors!

This next tip comes courtesy of my friend Krista - who is practically Deviantart royalty, so she knows what she’s talking about, kids.

Make a new layer. Whip out the Magic Wand tool - make sure “Sample All Layers" is checked up at the top. Click the part you want to color (like the body, shirt, hair, whatever). If your lineart is solid, marching ants will appear in the correct area - you can play with the tolerance/fiddle with the lines some more if it isn’t.

OK, this is the cool part. Once you’ve selected something, go to Select > Modify > Expand Selection. A popup will… popup. Expand your selection by 2 pixels (that’s my standard anyway - use your own digression depending on how thick your lines are).

Now throw some color down with the Paint Bucket!

If you hadn’t expanded the selection, you’d have had a weird line appear when you tried to use the paint bucket (not pretty). There are still some spots I have to fill in myself/refine, but much easier than coloring in the whole thing by hand, huh? To get rid of the selection, press Ctrl + D (Cmd + D).

Alright, that’s the gist of it. You’ll want to use this same process for each color you do (you can do everything on one layer, but I am a fan of using AS MANY LAYERS AS POSSIBLE).

Let me show you one more cool trick, though.

Holy shit, dino on dino action! Let’s say you want 2 windows up of the same document. Maybe I want to see how the whole picture will look while I work up close and personal on dino nostril. Maybe I want to see how a picture looks on 2 different monitors (this is what I primarily do).

To bring up another window, go to Window > Arrange > New Window for blahblah.psd. Any changes you make to one window will immediately affect the other. Pretty neat!

OK, that’s the end of this post. I’ll probably cover clipping masks in the next one. Questions/comments go! (?)

Photoshop Tip #1

Before I can get to the fun stuff, I should probably go over the basics. This post will cover how I set my files up - resolution, background color… the trivial, boring stuff, if you will. 

Alright! Let’s open up a new Photoshop file. Now, what does this stuff all mean?

1) How big you want the image. You can go with a Preset (I saved my own since I work on this size a lot), or choose whatever numbers you fancy. You can always crop the image or increase the canvas size, so don’t fret about this too much.

2) Resolution - probably the most important part of this popup. If you are planning on creating something for print (or if you like to work big), choose 300 DPI. If you are creating dinky little tutorial images that will only be viewed via the web, 72 DPI is fine. If you’re not sure, just go for 300 - you can always scale it down later. Scaling up? Never works well. A huge 300 DPI canvas might make your computer chug a bit, though, so keep that in mind. I could get into the RGB vs. CMYK issue, too, but I will keep this simple for now.

3) This determines the color of the background layer. By default it’s set to white, but you can make it transparent or a custom color if you wish. Not too important since we can always change that later.

Speaking of - this is more of a personal preference, but I haaaate drawing when the background layer is pure white. I generally create a new layer and fill it with a light, desaturated brown. The white tends to hurt my eyes, and I find myself relying on the white too much when I start coloring (using another color forces you to fill in every bit and piece). When I finish coloring and decide that, hey, I want a white background when I post this after all - just delete the brown layer and you’re all set.

OK, I will start getting into the juicy stuff next time, I promise. If you have anything to add/want to elaborate on, replies are on, dawg. (?)