3 ways to avoid muddy color in digital painting

3 ways to avoid muddy (dirty) color in digital painting. In this tutorial, we are using Photoshop for digital painting. The video tutorial shows you Photoshop painting tips, 3 ways to smooth (blend) color and avoid muddy color and inconsistent brush stroke in digital painting.

Below are some pointers for painting in this tutorial.
1) Use higher opacity or thicker paint to avoid unsure color.
2) Alternate between hard edge and soft edge brush to make your edges clearly define. It will also help create smooth transitions between color,to create smooth transitions between color,
3) You can use smudge tool, if you need. (I personally hardly use it myself.)
4) You can alter or change the opacity of the layer itself, you can use multiple layers to your advantage to avoid muddy color.
5) You can use “Overlay” and “Color” mode on layer to enhance or bring out more saturate color if you need to.

3 ways to avoid muddy color

3 ways to avoid muddy color

The image I used for this demo tutorial is from the previous post How to draw Ms Marvel, you can go see step by step tutorial there.

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Cause of dirty color or muddy color The following bad practices will create dirty colour mixes:
1) Trying to darken a color with too much gray and black.
2) Using more than four colour within a colour mixture
3) Overworking a painting or fiddling too much within a particular area
4) The inclusion of too many earth colours, ochres and greys within the artist’s palette
5) Introducing too much dark colour in a colour mix at once and trying to lighten it again with white, causing the colour mix to lose life

More digital painting tips.
-Photoshop painting tutorial overlay mode
-Photoshop painting tutorial multiply mode
-How to make custom brush in Photoshop

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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6 Responses to 3 ways to avoid muddy color in digital painting

  1. Jear says:

    Nice, thanks! Also my problem. And I like how you address my name in the e-mail makes the email seem very personal. LOL

  2. J joven says:

    Nice, thanks!

  3. Clarence McMillan says:

    Thanks for sharing you are an inspiration.


    Xia Taptara, you are so gifted and kind to share your knowledge. Xie Xie ShiFu

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