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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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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-11-22
damasn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It's very useful. Now I can paint faster in photoshop! 
sognodrago Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
certainly need this, is a pain to blend in photoshop ugh
KYO-KYA Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you use transfer instead of other dynamics because I'm using cc
Drayuu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aw I should I could make it but in Photoshop CC there's no "other dynamics" feature! :(
FoxDevice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Is anyone else having issues with brush "lagging"?
Bad--Cherry Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much)) kaomoji set 1 9/19 
DarkShatteredSouls Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why everytime to I go to use the brush, it resets its settings!?
Its driving me INSANE that I have to redit everything every bloody time!!!!
Yoriden Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
I know this comment is old but since it didn't get a reply I thought I'd mention that when you change the settings of a brush, you have to save it as a new brush or it'll discard the changes you made.
Amberdreams1960 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
This looks so useful! Thank you so much!
NightCatty Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This is awesome!
HeyLaughingBoy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou so much for this!
MarihSouza Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much <3
Bhansith Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome~! :aww:
AndyMichele Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Thank you SO VERY MUCH, I've been looking for something like this since I can't get Sai, and this brush is like a gift from the heavens~
snowhummingbird Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much! Thank you!! xD <3 <3 
AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont see these settings in Sai ? What version is this . 
bluemooze Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Awesome!  Thanks
tifftiff3218 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
i use sai also but i dont have the water tool
nururuateka Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this I love you so much.

Yeah, it's similar but the blending feels just as nice~now to put keyboard shortcut for the smudge tool mwahahahahah~~
PainyTOXA Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015
I was searching for a working water tool for PS and was NOT disappointed. This... this works SO flawlessly and now it's SO easy to apply and blend shadows and stuff, holy hell.

I salute you. You are awesome.

PS CC 2014
arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I was really wondering what could be used as the water tool coz I come across SAI tutorials mostly. Thanks a lot :)
MissTonez Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015   General Artist
Thank You from the bottom of my heart for this tutorial!! It helped me so much <3
starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im can't seem to do this in Photoshop Elements 12.... Can you help me? 
Bhansith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am not familiar with Photoshop Elements. What is it you can't do?

Make sure you are using the Smudge Tool and have loaded the brush into Elements, or if you have created and saved the custom brush preset yourself; set the brush tip of the Smudge Tool to the custom brush and that should be all you need to do.

It's just a round brush with tweaked settings, as you can see here; so I am unsure for what reason it would not work. :meow: I hope this helps!
starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sigh* it's just not working. When I put scatter at your recommended set number, it just goes all haywire. And I can't set the jitter to pen pressure. It's not an option. I can put the whole brush at Pressure but.. Idk..

For the smudge tool, these aren't even options. I can't tweak it in any way other than size and opactiy.
LaughingPumpkin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  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
Celuthien Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
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?
Bhansith Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heya, I apologise for the late reply!

Unlike SAI, Photoshop does not have a stroke smoothing or stroke correction feature.

The best way is to draw large and practice drawing your strokes so you get used to it or you can use the Pen Tool to draw a line and stroke it - but this is a lot more time consuming.

Hope this helps!
mikichihiro Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome very useful :D I learned a new trick in ps thanks~
Senshiman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Nice, water brush in PhotoShop I happy :happybounce:    thanks
KaraTails 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:
KaraTails Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  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  Student Digital Artist
kirsty-whiting Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
This is brilliant!! Thank you so much for sharing :)
AffinityShy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   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 
Bhansith Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :XD: glad you find it useful :)
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