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Thread: Blending tools, a followup

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    Blending tools, a followup

    Sorry to post another thread on the same topic, but I wasnīt sure if anyone was drilling down in the other.

    I have one other sugggestion as a followup to the earlier thread. It may be a sort of dumb observation--as in I was the only one to notice this after several projects when it was obvious to everyone else:

    Try blending using the same brush size you used in the painting, at least at first. I tend to use very small brush strokes, and at first tried blending with a much larger tool size, trying to hurry along. The results werenīt that great. When I set the blend tool at the same size as the brush stroke, all became much smoother. It still takes forever, but thatīs how it works--at least for me.

    Another suggestion: clean your screen before starting to blend. Once, I spent 15 minutes trying to smooth out a dark spot and checked all the layers. Then I noticed it was a smudge on my monitor.
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    I've used this technique ... pressure at 100, loading and thinner at 0. But yes, it won't clean your screen. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottF View Post
    Another suggestion: clean your screen before starting to blend. Once, I spent 15 minutes trying to smooth out a dark spot and checked all the layers. Then I noticed it was a smudge on my monitor.

    Get one of those squeegees they have at the gas station and a spritz bottle. It's good for all the moths that keep crashing into the glass because of the light. . . or perhaps it's because the paintings are so lifelike, they're fooled. Never had a chance to slow one down enough to ask what they're up to. Just SPLAT! and they're blended into the pic. I take it as an irony.
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