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ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 09:43 PM
Blending

Im not sure if everyone knows this technique , but i observed it while i was painting.

I think this only works in the full version(im not sure about the free one)

1. open a new painting
2. choose Basic Paper (I think you can choose the other canvas,boards as well)
3.Set it to 0% Roughness, so hte background is smooth.

4.Press OK

To show you what I found.lets do some clouds (they are not proper, very quick ones)


Choose a sky blue colour....get the roller on a large size and roll away till the paper is filled

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 09:58 PM
uisng the oil brush,
with Insta Dry :ON

next put in the darkstrokes for the cloud

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 09:59 PM
next the middle tones

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 10:00 PM
then the lighter tones

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 10:01 PM
then get the palette knife and on the left hand cloud, I started blending , so you can see the results

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 10:05 PM
now what i done next is go to

Tools
Layer Options(at bottom of menu)
Edit Paper settings

click on the Grain circle, then choose canvas

Roughness to 50 %
Scale to 25%

press OK

then using the palette knife start blending the right hand cloud

after a while I found I got a smoother blend

ENCHANTER
04-08-2007, 10:10 PM
Why didnt I start witha canvas in the first place??

Personally I found starting with a canvas takes away the paint quicker when blending, so I thought of laying down the paint first then bring in the canvas and spreading after.

Remember depending on your style , you may choose to keep the thick (impasto..i think thats the right word) paint style.
I love that too and Ive seen a lot of good paintings with that style on this gallery.

Its up to you......happy painting :D

D Akey
04-09-2007, 02:12 AM
Nice. Thanks Enchanter.

Cool how you show where the similarities at the beginning are and at which point you can diverge to achieve a very different result: painterly vs softer.

ENCHANTER
04-15-2007, 11:16 AM
Cheers Dakey,

I was thinking it might come in useful to people who wanted a more smoother finish in their work, and thus increasing the user base for ArtRage.....