I have been working recently mostly with watercolor brushes. I've been playing around with using auto painting to lay down an initial wash or underpainting layer, mostly as a way to get a head start for a quick painting, but it's not really working out the way I need it to. If I use the watercolor brushes in Smart Strokes category, the results are blotchy and just generally unattractive. But using other watercolor brushes it almost doesn't work at all. The same if not true for oils. I can pick pretty much any oil brush, set the opacity low, start auto painting and and get a nice underpainting effect in a minute or so.
Has anyone else worked successfully with regular watercolor brushes (not smart strokes) and auto painting? Would appreciate any help or tips.
Its hard to provide recommendations without knowing the exact steps you are following. However here are a few tips you can try.
- Smart Strokes uses clone color by default so make sure to use your image as embedded clone source to get the original colors from your image.
- If you don't want to use colors from the original image, consider turning off clone color button on the color wheel (it should go from greyscale to full color when clicked)
- when using ANY watercolor brush, start with a very light color value selected on the color wheel
- consider drying the watercolor layer when they are happy with the look (via the layers menu)
Let us know if any of these options helped.
Thanks for the pointers. It was the opacity that was tripping me up. I'd assumed the brush default would be at least minimally acceptable. Wrong, but now I know!
I do this quite a bit. Make sure the brush subcategory is either real wet cover or real wet replace.