Blending

Jaysen Batchelor
A free video tutorial from Jaysen Batchelor
Illustrator & Designer
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Lecture description

In this lecture students will learn how to use digital brushes to blend 2 colors or values together. We'll use the brush tool and eye dropper tool to get a smooth transition between t2 colors and then 3 colors.

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English [Auto] All right. So in this lecture we're gonna be talking about blending blending is one of the most fundamental basic techniques you'll need to use in order to create good paintings and a lot of times people's money when they first start. Looks really streaky has hard edges where they want smooth edges and it doesn't really feel like a blend as much as a gradient which there is a difference. So we are going to go over how you can use certain techniques to blend two colors or two values together. So we have these boxes here we're gonna do two versions. So we have the basic one you gotta start off with these you're gonna blend each of these into a smooth transition between these two colors. And then after that we're gonna go to the more advanced one and blend these three colors together into something more complex. But we're sort of the easy one first. So what we do we start out we're going to get our Eyedropper Tool. We are going to go ahead and color pick one of the colors. I'm gonna do it. Let's do these two right here and then you can do all of them by me use these two for an example to give my color picker to color picker tool get my brush and I'm going to use a hard round pressure pass up. Let's do this one Yeah I'll work and then I'll bring the hardness down a little bit okay. And where you're gonna do is kind of just start to blend it over across the line there and you'll see that as you do one we still kind of have that streak but two that's not quite as smooth as we want. So what we're gonna do is when I come back to the color picker and in this transition space in between you guys see there's a slightly different color where the colors of starting to overlap we're gonna color pick that color. Go back to our brush and start brushing it back the other way. Now. And you don't keep doing that color pick back and forth switch between your eyedropper and your brush and continue to blend that transition and you're just gonna keep doing this until you can get a nice smooth blend between the two colors. You don't want to like streaky or have any things like that working against you. And then we're just gonna blend it until you cannot see the transition it was just a nice smooth seamless transition from one color to the other. All right. There you go. Like that. Let's do this one. Try another one. Redo do this green to blue some skin color pick it in between value and then continue this move it back and forth as we try the transition between us two colors. You can also do this between black and white values which I also recommend because it can help make it feel a little bit more organic and painterly than just going up to your color picker because music color picker you can just pick the exact color of gray you want or need but it can also feel kind of stale and when you do it this way it can feel a lot more blended and natural something you should also try while you're doing this is to have tighter and looser transitions so like Try somewhere the blend is really gradual and then try somewhere the blend is really sharp where it kind of more quickly transitions from one color to the next because sometimes you want it to be really smooth and and slow but other times you might need it to kind of change a bit quicker. All right. I think David looks pretty good blend up this corner here but there you go. Those two examples you could do the same thing on both of all four of these are going to blend each of these into each other. Then what we're gonna do you're gonna do the more complicated one. So let's do this one right here. I think you're going to blend all of these together but you need to make sure that you still have purple you still have this teal color and you still have the red. You can't just completely blend the red away. You need to blend the edges while still keeping those core colors in the middle intact. So let's uh let's try this on let's give it a shot. Oh let's make sure that's why it's not working on the wrong layer there. All right. So you ever cut purple color we're gonna start blending that in here and then now we can start color picking I'm starting with the ball. Yes it's don't miss a ball but a circle at least blending that through making sure we're color picking plenty of times. You shouldn't just be color picking your based color the transition color and then whatever is in between is lots of other smaller transitions in between. The more that you color pick from those this mother and more vibrant your blenders are going to be than if you just do those two or three right off the bat. All right let's start to blend our teal color up here and let's also do this quick. Get that teal blend to red as well growing. Personally I think that this helps keep colors more vibrant especially when you're blending two colors that would normally kind of start to get a little muddy. Like for example this teal and this red it kind of helps it feel a little bit more lively I guess. It doesn't just turn into a big pile of muck if you can get practice at it anyways it takes some time but can have a lot more appealing blends between your colors and you might be able to give it just a straight gradient. For example so in these parts we have three way transition really well make sure that you can smooth this all out into a nice even transition. Uh all right. And then let's just get this turn here a little bit of a smoother blend there as we transition from the ball sort of three way blender all right. And then just go finish up this red purple transition here. Then we can make that a little smoother. And then same right here. You can also still see a little bit of a line there. Skip that all right. And then you go. So that's your assignment. It's going to take some practice but pretty straightforward it's not anything too crazy. It might feel a little bit frustrating but just take your time. The more that you do this the more you kind of get a feel for it and you'll be able to start blending a lot more easily and a lot more smoothly. But take your time. This is a really important skill to master when it comes to digital painting because a lot of your blending and stuff is like your gradients and all that stuff is going to come from just practicing this sort of hand eye coordination sort of thing where you're practicing holding down and letting off of your pressure you know. So just keep working at it. It takes some time but do all four of these ones OK. And then all four of these as well go ahead and post them in the Facebook group post them in the queue and they will be really great to get feedback on these because me or other students who are been able to do the successor will be able to tell you you know maybe what you can work on or notice things that when you were staring at it for a long time you might not recognize and then the other benefit. You can go back and do it again until you can kind of figure it out. And like I said it's probably a little monotonous but trust me this one if you can master this you can learn how to nail this it's really going to help take your paintings to the next level. So that is it for this lecture and I'll see you guys in the next one.