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Water Brush like Paint Tool SAI in Photoshop by Bhansith Water Brush like Paint Tool SAI in Photoshop by Bhansith

Title】 Water Brush in Photoshop
Tools】 Photoshop


So a lot of people, including myself, freakin' love the Water Brush in Paint Tool SAI.

There might be many reasons why you would want a similar brush in photoshop, I for one wanted it because it's easier and Paint Tool SAI still doesn't like my computer. :XD:

I know what you're thinking, SMUDGE TOOL!?

Yes. The forbidden Smudge Tool.

There are creative ways to use this tool and it's in there for a reason. I always avoided the tool for blending but I find that with this custom brush and the Smudge Tool, not only is it easier for me to see the difference between two tones when blending, it also makes it easier for me to judge a nice blending job when doing it the other way of layering and colour picking. (The most common way of painting in Photoshop. :)) Therefore I personally find it is helping me learn to blend in Photoshop via the aforementioned technique.

I would recommend not to use this all the time if you want to master blending in photoshop. It's an excellent skill to have but at the same time, the more ways you find you can do something, the more ways you can create different pieces of work.

Either way, I hope this is of use to you all. Happy Drawing~!

Note: It should be able to work on any version of Photoshop.

:star: I recommend you create this custom brush using the brush tool then save that as a new custom brush and then set your Smudge Tool to that brush preset.:star:

:heart::heart::heart::heart:OMG Thank you so much for the DD! It's my first one ever! :la: Thank you~! :heart::heart::heart::heart:

:star:IMPORTANT [23-08-2013 2:43am BST]:star:

I was told about *nebezial's Blender Brush by =General-EbonRose after I had made this tutorial. So if anyone is wondering if maybe I got the idea from *nebezial then the answer is no. I only learned about it after I hade discovered this technique and made this tutorial. :peace:

There are differences between the brushes and their settings that make their results—albeit similar—noticeably different.

According to ~calisto-lynn, with her settings uploaded here, that in versions later than CS3, it will not work. If it does, it won't work as well as it should. You can see her exact response to a question regarding it working in CS6 here).

I know there's many similar tutorials and brushes out there but I still hope you find this useful. Perhaps my settings won't work whilst Nebezial's settings do and vice versa. It's not set in stone. :)

Happy Drawing!

Here's a FAQ

:bulletred:【All Characters are Copyright © to their Respective Owners.】:bulletred:
:bulletred:【Please do not redistribute this art without my permission first.】:bulletred:
:bulletred:【Thank you.】:bulletred:



I don't know why but for some reason I couldn't find where it had gone so I had to re-upload it.
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Given 2012-11-22
Kara-tails Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey hun, a art blog linked to this tutorial on tumblr and I have to say, this is the best thing I have ever seen. Especially since I was bemoaning the lack of water tool in photoshop with my friends just the day before!
Bhansith Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh sweet! Which blog was it, might I ask? I'm curious to know! :D

I'm glad you found it and have fun using it! :meow:
Kara-tails Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
the blog artist-refs
They only had a link to the deviation, though.

It is so helpful. I am in love
CISOLR Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
It works great! But, how do you save the brush?
CISOLR Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Nevermind! I figured it out. ^^;
Bocipaci Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kirsty-whiting Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
This is brilliant!! Thank you so much for sharing :)
AffinityPony Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thanks for making this tutorial! I just tried it out in Photoshop CS6 and it works wonderfully, especially with very slight pressure. I placed my base color, then did some regular soft-brush + eyedropper blending, and then used this custom smudge brush. It helps to make the color blends just a bit softer and more organic. I love it! Thanks again!
Bhansith Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome, I'm glad you found this brush useful and it's even better that it still works in CS6!

I've come to use it quite a bit and I've become a bit more comfortable with painting in Photoshop, especially the colour picking method, as a result. (I've been trying to do it for years with no success ^^;)

I find that whilst I use it less and less the more comfortable I get, it still helps now and again to see if you're blending correctly if you're unsure about the colours and values.

:) Happy painting~!
SuperKidx10x Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANKS!! I was searching this for years :) (Smile) Excited Blush Excited Blush Excited Blush Excited Blush Excited Blush Excited Blush Adventure Time - Princess Bubblegum Icon Excited Blush Excited Blush 
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