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Tutorial - Smooth Skin by SnakeToast Tutorial - Smooth Skin by SnakeToast
I was asked how I managed to get smooth skin... so here is the answer :)

IMPORTANT! I didn't invent this, but for the life of me can't recall who did! I take no credit for the method.
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end5er Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cool tutorial, been looking at a lot of blending tutorial, this is the first time I've seen this approach. I'm wondering is this the same technique you used to create blend the highlight on the cheek bone for your barmaid painting? I've looked a lot of blending tutorials and I still haven't figured out how that transition is being made :( 
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hellobetty90 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
THank you so much for posting this!
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Mothergoose19 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Such a helpful tutorial and you comments about the brushes thanks for that I too had the same problem as ScarletComet.
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no problem!
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ScarletComet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
You just saved my life right there... :icondancinglaplz: I'm diving into this digital painting and just can't seem to get it right. This was (part of the reason) why, haha. Thank you so much!

Also, that idea of having the pic in another window is genius....
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
my pleasure!
I find there are so many little methods to learn along the way, and tips to make workflow better-- which reminds me, one thing i didn't add to this tutorial was that I color pick by holding alt while in brush mode in photoshop-- it makes the process a million times faster. (alot of people didn't know the shortcut...)

Anyhow, glad if it helps, and feel free to poke me with questions if you need. I love to share :)
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ScarletComet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Awesome, thanks for that tip!
I have Photoshop, but I mainly stick to SAI right now. Still have trouble with PS~ hopefully I'll get a bit better though. :)

And... I just might do that. owo;
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
np ;)
The learning curve on photoshop is steep at first, but don't quit!
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ScarletComet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
The only problem I really have with it right now is switching brushes and finding the right brushes and stuff, and making it blend better. I keep trying to make custom brushes with different opacity settings and the like, but every time I try switching brushes, the settings are the same. It's a pain to reset. :/ Do you know how to fix it?
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If you have a brush you modified that you like, open the brush palette in photoshop (windows>brushes). Make sure you are in the Brush Presets tab and hover your cursor in the space between the brush thumbnails and the scroll bar. your icon will change to a paint bucket. Click there and you'll create a new brush that will appear at the bottom of your brush set.
If you want to save that set, there's the option Save Brushes within the dropdown menu hiding in the top right of the Brushes window...

Hope that's what you meant and that it helps!

And yeah, blending is a painstaking process... Resist the airbrush, though! too smooth...
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Emma-Jen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that's awesome :] very informative!
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EllieTooMuch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks so much for this, its always nice to see how amateur my method is .... *corner* :cries:

haha :p no, but really, thank you. :D
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:P oh shush! lol. There's no right way, really, and it all depends on the result you want to achieve after all ;P Hope it helps in some way!
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mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! I don't do a lot of digital paintings, but I might try it now. This'll be really helpful once I actually sit down and try it.
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
glad if it helps!
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Bahkana Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, so many are out there yet every one has their own little bit that's unique and helps.
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:) glad it's useful!
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Daandric Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
mhm and next time post them brushes u use ;D
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hm, well some of my brushes were given to me with the request that I not make them public... and mostly everything else I use is already in pshop :P It's fun to fiddle with brush settings and I enourage people to try and make their own, so it never occurred to be to post them.
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Daandric Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Aight then, jsut don't confuse people coz not everyone has the same ( meaning custom ) brushes.
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
mm what was confusing? The thing with brushes is... there are so many, if you don't have the exact one, there's always something close :)
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing you knowledge!
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
np!
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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meirou Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you for that tip in the bottom right! :dance:
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D I LOVE that trick! Old pixel-artist trick actually. I'm so guilty of over-rendering, so this totally saves me...
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shambok Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Bionic-heart Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student Interface Designer
do I detect a Monty Pythons quote in your signature?
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shambok Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed ;P
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RayGunNoey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional
This is awesome! I know I've had to figure out everything as I go along with digital painting, but to know how other artists work is an added delight. Thanks for doing this, SnakeToast!
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
no problem! I'm the same way, and love seeing how other people figure out the same problems I have, so if there are things that work for me, I like to share!
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Mysteriousfellow Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Geez, I'm going to sound like a terrible noob for this but I'm not sure I understand step three. I get that you use a mottled brush but how exactly do you "blend" something in to get that awesomely smooth finish in step four?
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No worries!
with a whole lot of constant color-picking (press alt while you're in brush mode), a very light touch (hence the pen pressure setting) and patience, really.

Download the full version, since I think there's more detail in that, and you'll see it's not perfect smoothness, mainly because I don't like super-smooth rendering...

But yeah, alot of people like to use an airbrush-y sort of brush to do the smoothing part of it, but I find, while it's easier to get it smooth, it looks fake. The mottled one is nice because it creates subtle variations that you actually see in skin.

Let me know if that answers your question!
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Mysteriousfellow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Yup, question answered. Thanks a lot!
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SnakeToast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
np!
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EUDETENIS Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
tks a lot, it's exactly what I want :love:
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