Why is overpainted colour far darker than the picked colour?


A cloned piece of white wall with dark shadow on it. I want to paint out the shadow as though it isn't there.

I have tried using a new layer and the clone layer to overpaint on. Result is a slightly darker shade of white.

Brush is New Watercolour. Colour eyedropper tool set to 5x5 and selecting from the clone colour layer. This colour looks right in the circle sample.

Painting this colour on either new or cloned layer is darker.

What am I doing wrong?

  • Hi Alan,

    I can't seem to find that brush....I can find 'New Simple Watercolor', but it doesn't seem to have that issue....Which version of Painter are you using? 

    Either way, you probably aren't doing anything wrong, it is most likely that it is using 'buildup' media which has a dark, ink-like appearance.

    Here are some possible steps to change the behavior (assuming you are on Painter 2020 or newer):

    1. Press the "Advanced" button on the property bar

    2. Find the 'General" panel in the group of controls that pop up

    3. Under "Subcategory" try "Grainy Digital Wet Abrasive" instead

    4. Paint.

    If you like the brush with these new settings, consider saving it!

  • Also consider looking at the layer composite method and opacity, and selecting each composite method choice from the drop down list (such as  default, gel, multiply, etc.) to find one that works better for you.