hmmmm yeah why does it have problems with rotation though? even if like you make a brush in the shape of a scale and set angle to direction in the brush dynamics, it does not work with the mixer brush but it works with the normal brush
Also how the hell do you use it to blend xD I have not worked it out yet xD (and can you blend with it without loosing texture? like IDK if you used a textured brush to blend it? xD)
I use it for the first phase of blending, but I guess it can be used for textures too, if you play with the settings (of the mixer brush, not its brush). I just use the default options, draw hard shading and then blend the edges
There are many stages of painting, it's not like your picture should look realistic on every of them. The mixer brush is great for setting the lighting, so yes, for ambient occlusion, shadow areas, and so on. You take a hard brush, paint white where the light hits the strongest, black where it doesn't hit the object at all, grays in between, and then you blend them with the mixer brush. After this stage your shading will look very smooth and unnatural, but you can now easily add texture/fur/details, because the lighting is so neatly defined (yes, this is a recipe for grayscale painting, but you can modify it for color, too)
unfortunately, Photoshop won't let you create a colorful brush. Photoshop brushes are made just of color and the lack of color, so you can't even add some highlights to them - if you use white on your brush, it just will be transparent. You should try Illustrator, it's not that hard as it looks. It's especially good if you don't have a tablet, because it smoothes out the lines drawn with a mouse.
These are my old works drawn in Illustrator without a mouse (I usually added colors in Photoshop after I was done with the lines): fav.me/d387vvy fav.me/d2wzg4e
The main difference between Photoshop and Illustrator is in Photoshop you create your picture with dots (every lines is made of dots). Everything you draw on one layer is the same object. In Illustrator you draw with objects - a line is a line, you can modify it after drawing, move it, change colors, and resize endlessly without any loss of quality. In other words, Photoshop is for drawing, Illustrator for building. You can try one of these tutorials for start: mashable.com/2010/08/19/adobe-…
Yeah, I know what vector software is, I am just not a fan of them, I dunno if Illustrator will be different, But I used a program called Serif DrawPlus (it is basically a vheaper version of Illustrator) for a year before coming to Photoshop and gosh, now I NEVER want to switch back. the only thing I liked about it was its animation was easier to use than in Photoshop.#Hmmm, I will try that link you sent, thanks!
Well, most people are afraid of Illustrator because they don't understand how it works. They just try to draw, and it doesn't feel like real drawing. Illustrator's interface is really similar to Photoshop's, so you shouldn't have any problems with it For me it's completely different form of creating, something mathematical. Photoshop is a simulation of real drawing, but Illustrator is better than that, it's a new level of drawing! Look at that dragon again and think how much time you'd need to spend on this in Photoshop And this, look at this: www.vectordiary.com/isd_premiu…
Ehm, I may sound like a crazy fan, but I heard too many people complaining about Illustrator without understanding it. If you don't like vectors, it's ok, but I think it's really worth trying.