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Tutorial: Brushes and Colors by redheadstock Tutorial: Brushes and Colors by redheadstock
Ever wanted to be able to use multiple colors with a Photoshop Brush and didn't know how? This tutorial will walk you through my favorite method if doing just that.

This tutorial was something I'd been thinking of doing for a little while, but is in specific response to those people that ask me how to apply several colors to my Flames & Fire Brushes, to make those flames look more realistic! Works with just about any brush out there that you can think of, though - the example I use is a flower from my Pressed Garden Flowers Brushes.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any questions or if any parts are unclear!

Edit: Replaced the old, inconvenient downloadable version with a JPG to view it right here online.
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:iconm10tje:
M10tje Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Shadowpixie-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what do you do if you don't have the ;f; at the bottom? how do you blend? or, how do you get the 'f' anyway?
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Shadowpixie-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im using gimp and cant find the color overlay... a little help please? ^_^:
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:iconshadowbob19:
shadowbob19 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Photographer
cant wait to try this tutorial out
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TigerloverM Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpful. ^^ But, I can't color lightning brushes like I want, and there seem to not be any other tutorials like this for lightning or anything. D: A little help, maybe?
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Asrath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I found this one very good: [link]
Helped me lots :D
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TigerloverM Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll try this out sometime :3
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Mirk217 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
:) +++
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:iconhnh1384:
hnh1384 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011   Photographer
Thanks for taking the time to explain this. I love the tutorials here...they are so helpful to me!!!
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darkrose8519 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
someone may have asked this already but how do you combine the two layers (black and blue) back into one..I tried merging and the color went weird.
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice info! Thanks!
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:iconlupsiberg:
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing :bow: :sun:
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solidsnakefan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank u loads :D
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PrinceCharmingLoki Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Thanks so much for making this tutorial :D
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sarangkawaii Featured By Owner May 1, 2009   Photographer
I have a problem. Yesterday I tried this and it worked. Now I tried this and it didn't work. Help!!!:'(
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Hoshi-Hikaru Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
ah, this helps so much! thank you!
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OsorrisStock Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Awesome tutorial! thanks for sharing.
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twist-and-snap Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
god...i love you. :)
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Toph-and-Daisy-Fan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Wow, thanks!
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mediaklepto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Fan. Tastic.

You have no idea how much this helped me just now! I was going crazy trying to figure out how to color one of your tree brushes. I figured you'd have something like this on here, and I was right!

I love your brushes and your tutorials, and I've turned some friends onto them as well! I'm totally faving this, because I'll no doubt forget what it says. XD
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
So glad it could help :)
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:iconmediaklepto:
mediaklepto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I discovered something that really helped by examining the tutorial a little...

If you have your black copy on its own layer, you can make a randomly colored duplicate of the brush on its own layer to place BEHIND it, and then change its color to white (since you'll no longer need to SEE the brush after placing it properly, and you need it to be white to work with it). That way, you can merge all of the levels together, and have all the transparencies of the original brush to add to a piece of work by copying all but the background. ...Does that make ANY sense at all? XD
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
... kind of? It's late, though, and I'm tired. But I THINK I got it. Anyway, glad that it helped you think of something new! That's the great thing about reading tutorials. I do that sometimes, too :)
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mediaklepto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha...Yeah, I know how dense we can be when it's late and we're tired.

I never really realized you could find tutorials on DA. >_>* Wow, I feel stupid. But now that I know they're here, I'll have to check them all out. You're broadening my spectrum over and over again. XD
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Dawnwings Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Thanks so much for putting this up, absolutely fabulous! Very easy to understand, and I'm thrilled with the results I've managed to get following it

Keep up the good work!
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
So glad it came in handy for you! :)
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TazounsBones Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) That's a very usefull tutorial. I still use version 7.0 of Photoshop, but the creative possibilities still amaze me. I'm now thinking of more uses for brushes, like blending colours with gradient masks and even textures. Could be great with object-brushes.

Anywho :thanks: Thank you very much for uploading this tut. :deviation: It's a definite fave! ~ :+fav:

:w00t: Enjoy the summer!
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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EllyNimphadora Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
:D very nice idea...:clap: congrats :D
i don't know why i thought you can save the brush with the color... :D
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Glamourcat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial. I love your brush sets as well, I think I've downloaded almost all of them from your website.
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Ginger2000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I'm trying to get the right effect for the planet Earth (Green, Blue, with a cloud effect :B) but I can't get it!

Can you help me out please?
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's hard to do things that are as complex as that using this tutorial. What I would suggest is this.

Use the brush on a new layer, in black.

Make a new layer BENEATH that one, and start painting in the colors of the earth, just like using a coloring book... using the black brush you just used as a guideline. You can then adjust the opacity of that earth layer later, if it's too dark and the colors aren't showing through.

Hope that helps!
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Ginger2000 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Thanks! :)
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Shikujo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow very nice Tut, good job.
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deepwishes Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
how do it on roses??
when I use roses brushes, it get all red, one color...
and it doesn't get real!
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
... that's what the tutorial explains. :) If I were to answer that question, I would just re-state everything in that tutorial. Sorry, not sure what else to tell ya! :( If you're wanting to add realistic roses to an image, I would suggest using just a stock image if you're having trouble getting the brushes to come out non-transparent and in the colors you want. :)
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deepwishes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
sorry
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hatemeallyouwant Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
This will help lots ^_^ Thanks for making it
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x--lalla--x Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! just a couple of days ago I was wondering how could do this thing.....you're great!! :) :XD:
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elheartchun Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
thx so much,,,
hihi
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:iconelheartchun:
elheartchun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
okey..
try it later..
but thx so much^^
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sure thing!
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LittleLotte33 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
This is a great tutorial!! But I'm getting a little confused somewhere between step 3 and 5. When I get to step 5, you say there should be a new colored image on top of the black image, but I just have a thicker black image. I duplicate the black layer, rename it "blue", and set it to color overlay... but then what? Selecting a color doesn't do anything for me. Should something automatically happen? Or do you have to make another brush stroke in blue on top of your black brush stroke? I have PS Elements 5 and I think my menus are a little different - so maybe I'm not taking color from the right menu? Any ideas? Thanks! :aww:
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hmm. I'm not all that familiar with elements anymore. However, try this. If you duplicate the layer and then use the color overlay on the bottom one, afterwards... go and change the transparency of the top one to, say, 50%. Maybe the brush you're using is pure black, and if that's the case, you won't see the blue beneath. Try that and let me know what happens!
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jbautista Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Thank you very much for your tutorial...
Just made my day
=D
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great! So glad to have helped :)
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Der-Holle-Rache Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
The site doesn't work for me. =(

By the way, I LOVE your brushes. ^.^ Wonderful work on them.
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
What site, my website? It may have been down when you tried it, for a moment or two? Happens sometimes, I'm sure. Try it again. Or you can just view the tutorial right here on dA, by making the image above fullsize and reading. Or maybe you meant something else? Thanks so much, though! :)
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firefly-cloak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Awesome! I'm trying it right now.
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:iconredheadstock:
redheadstock Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Great! Hope it worked out for ya.
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