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Removing Brush Transparency by redheadstock Removing Brush Transparency by redheadstock
Some brushes are made to be transparent, some were not. But the nature of Photoshop brushes is to make them so, if they're not purely black and white. So, how do you get rid of that transparency afterward? This tutorial will show you!

This technique was one of the single most important things that I learned when it came to using Photoshop brushes & making them look realistic.

(This tutorial was made for Photoshop, but the principles are all very basic ones. It could easily be used with Paint Shop Pro (PSP) or GIMP, or any graphics program with layers.)
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:icontheartliker:
theartliker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Who knows how many good brushes I discarded because they were too transparent to be used with my filters. This makes huge difference, I'm surprised Photoshop doesn't do it automatically
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J1Star Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely wonderful.
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N1nj4h4ck Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
you are a lifesaver my brush skill set just got a million times better I have wanted to know this for a while.
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kariinoc Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank You, Thank You for sharing this, you have taught me so much in this tutorial. I always struggled with how I can make my brushes look more realistic, Your Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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morganablackcat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Nice!:)
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Katze-im-Sack Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this tutorial. :heart: because of this:

"Holding down CTRL (CMD for Mac), left click on the "Black" Layer within the thumbnail window. (I've highlighted it here in pink). Make sure that you click within that thumbnail! Older versions of photoshop let you click anywhere on that layer, but CS2+ makes you click on the thumbnail. ALL version will work if you click on the thumbnail, which is why I say to do that. :) "

click on the thumbnail! haha^^ so very sweet :)

Thanks for that, it's very useful! :rose:
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Brixal Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Oh thanks, I hope I can translate well to understand
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:iconsmori:
Smori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student
quick question :P
can your brushes be use for paint shop pro? i can't afford photoshop and i'd like to know xD
thanks!
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Shadowgirlfan Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
could I get screenshots of step 7? I have only german version of photoshop and don't understand, what step 7 discripts
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:iconwandereringsoul:
wandereringsoul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Just stumbled across your pieces of wisdom...clever...very clever..thanks for sharing
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:iconmawstock:
mawstock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
Good tutorial! I'll save it for later use! :)
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Tsuki-moonwolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Student
this is very useful!!:clap:
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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eternalyunjae Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
hahaha i don't believe I've learned this all by myself... great technique though! bravo!
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) I figured I'd try to make it as easy as possible :)
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:iconatsuiai:
Atsuiai Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful, just what I needed.
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconsayaforever:
sayaforever Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
It is very kind of you to go through all this trouble. Thank you.
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Sure! Hope it helps :)
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SonikaCreatives Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
I must say... you're really awesome. Not only you have talent... you're also incedibly generous. I thank you for this. Thanks so much for providing wonderful brushes. Thanks so much for providing insight. Thanks so much for not being afraid of teaching. Thanks so much for being such a wonderful person. :hug:
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aww, you just made my day. :hug: Thank YOU for being so kind and taking the time out to write me. :)
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dejahofmars Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
excellent! i truly learned something new that i can forsee myself using all the time in the future. so glad you chose to share this.
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
No problem! Glad it helped :)
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SailorUsagi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
I can forsee this coming in handy. Thanks so much for sharing! :)
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StripeyMistress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Wow! This is AMAZING!!! >w< I've always been limited by brushes when using them because of their transparency. BUT NOW I HAVE BEEN SAVED.

Thankya!!!<3
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yay! Another one saved! I see a lot of people that have trouble with this one. So glad to have helped! :)
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crimsonvermil-stock Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007   Writer
Thanks so much. I am still figuring this one out, but thank you!

(I love all your stuff!)
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Grafix1977 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Can't wait to try this! Thanks!
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:iconarrietty:
Arrietty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007   Photographer
Thank you so much for this :)
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almudena-stock Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Great tutorial! :w00t:
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Everild-Wolfden Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Writer
That's FANTASTIC! SO many times I've wanted to use a brush but was put off by its transparancy. I can finally do it properly! *Hugs*
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
So glad that it helps! :) Brush transparency is one of the huge things that I see done "wrong" with brushes, so I thought I'd finally write this!
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solusauroraborealis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial - faving it for future reference thanks!
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3DLadyinRed Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this!
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HirErurainon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Ths is soooo good! Thank you soo much xD
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dr-photoshop Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Thanks, its realy helpful
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redbonniekidd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Everybody should know this :+fav:
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YamiHolopainen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Student
That was really helpful! Thanks for submitting this tutorial! =D
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LaRoqua Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Ah! FANTASTIC! I've been looking for how to do this for ages! I've tended to just duplicate and merge the layers... but that doesn't always work either! :D
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that was my first step in figuring this all out, then I thought to duplicate it and add a color overlay to the lower one... and it slowly evolved into this. So glad you enjoyed it, and good luck! :)
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LaRoqua Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Thanks! I must give it a go some time soon! :D
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:iconrenilicious:
Renilicious Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This was extremely helpful! Thanks so much. :)
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Carolzi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpeful =p Thank you ^_^v
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LynTaylor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional Writer
OMG :worship: This is fantastic. I always thought brushes were over-rated purely because I didn't like the transparent effect. Can't wait to go play with this :love:
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's one of their biggest drawbacks in some ways... but other kinds of brushes it works really well for. So it's good to have a way to do it both ways :) Good luck!
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DKayCrafts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I kneel at your feet~

LOL
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol, thanks :) Glad you enjoyed it!
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DKayCrafts Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I have gotten so angry before and actually given up on pictures because of the transparency of a brush... heh.
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patslash Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!!
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crossbrace Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Your explanations are always so clear. I always read your tuts because, even when I don't think the title is about something I've been having trouble with; I always learn something that I didn't know and can immediately use. Thank you.
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