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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!

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:bulletred:【Please do not redistribute this art without my permission first.】:bulletred:
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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
LaughingPumpkin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! I can say goodbye to struggling with the blur tool now!
Bhansith Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! Blending Brush to the rescue! :D
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is one useful shit. I miss so much that water thing in Photoshop so thanks for making this. 
Bhansith Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to be of service! :D You're welcome!
theMoontheSuntheStar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, this helps so much! <3
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh goodness, thank you! I'll definitely try this out soon :3
MaliciousMoanna Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy damn, thank you for this. I was searching myself rotten for a way to blend as easy as the water tool does, so thanks a million times over! :squee: 
Rhyzue Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I'm new to PS, and after I downloaded the brush, opened it... But when I use it, it's just a bunch of dots.
I know this is a pretty dumb question, but I still have to ask *^*
how do you get it to blend like that sphere at the bottom?
Bhansith Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry for such a late reply!

You have to use the brush with the Smudge Tool in Photoshop for it to Blend :) Using it with the Pen/Brush will show just dots as it is how the brush is set up.
wjliew Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2014  New member
Hi, firstly thanks for sharing and your hard work. 
I am having the same situation as Rhyzue, and I am not quite sure we do you mean by Smudge Tool in photoshop?
Thank you
Oh wait!!! I did manage to search for the smudge tool! OMG!!! this brush is soooo useful!!!!! really thank you very much!
and btw, do you have any idea of how to draw a smooth line in PS like you did in SAI?
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