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Mandi's Speedpaint Tutorial by Majoh Mandi's Speedpaint Tutorial by Majoh
Mandi's Speed Painting Tutorial

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I decided to document my speed painting procedure as a few have asked and I'd like to contribute to the vast amount of resources available on DA that have taught me so much.

In this tutorial I cover the steps from a blank canvas to a completed painting. I also list some general 'technique' advice you'd usually find in an instructional setting.

In short, I hope you find it useful! Enjoy!!

Thank you MigrantJ and PeteMohrbacher for all you have taught me through your own works and advice. Without the help I've received from both of you, I would know a lot less about painting and Photoshop.

Sept. 1 2010 Update Whoa, thank you *EVERYONE* who has commented on and faved this tutorial! I'm thrilled that so many people find it helpful and I hope it inspires you to create something amazing. Thank you! :)
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:iconnina-frost:
Nina-Frost Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks a lot!! Im learning so much!
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RubyShare Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
So helpful! Thanks so much!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Awesome tutorial! I love the look of the brush strokes! I'm curious what settings you have for the fade brush? Like flow, opacity, and what boxes you have ticked in brush settings? That would be a huge help c: I've always had trouble figuring out the right ps settings.
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Majoh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there! For the brush I keep the opacity and flow pretty high (80-100%) and depend on my wacom tablet's pressure sensitivity for the opacity variation.

Something I like to point out, since it can be hard to find, is the *spacing* on the brush. With the "fade brush" active, open up the brush settings. In CS5, that's the icon immediately to the right of the brush and its size in the top bar. It looks like a folder with 3 tiny brushes on it. In earlier versions, look for "brush settings", perhaps?

The setting you're looking for is in Brush Tip Shape, which is the top option in the list. It doesn't have a checkbox next to it, nor does it look like a button, so it's easy to miss this "button". Once you've found that, look for spacing (lower right-ish area of this dialog box). Pull spacing to the left.

This gets rid of visible overlapping circles that make up the brush's shape as you paint. Sometimes they're more visible than othertimes, but pulling this slider to the left gets rid of them.

I hope that helps!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks so much for the thourough answer! I use paint tool sai for most of my art because I love the brushes and interface, but I want to get better at photoshop as well because I know it can be very versatile and create amazing effects. I love the painterly look in this tutorial so I'll definitely have to give it another go in ps!

thanks again! <3
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FredStesney Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Learned a couple things about Photoshop from step one. Thanks!
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Vapnaren Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Couldn't have done this [link] without your help. Thanks!
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:iconmajoh:
Majoh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!
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Vapnaren Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will! Thanks ^^,
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RaylynLlewellyn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
used this method here[link]
It helped a lot!
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Majoh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WHOA, awesome work!!! Your painting is so realistic!
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RaylynLlewellyn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!!
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shaunrodriguez29 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!
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shaunrodriguez29 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you're a wonderful teacher! thanks for this!
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Wonderful! Thanks so much!
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agnam13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thank you very much-- I'm really starting to value your advice!!
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Velven Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, this looks like it will be really useful at getting me to paint faster and without relying so much on outlines. Looking forward to trying it out!! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial with us. :D
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zyde Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! It's always very inspiring to see how skilled artists do their art work :)
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:iconborghal:
borghal Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good tutorial, thanks.
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:iconpastillita:
Pastillita Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! thanks a lot!!
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ajmadee Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Student General Artist
DX i thought i had read "chinky brush strokes" on one part. it really said "chunky" :iconotlplz:

thank you so much for such a wonderful realism tutorial. i think i'm going to start practicing to improve my shading technique ♥
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linessa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol chinky brush strokes- oriental patterns? :lol:
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:iconajmadee:
ajmadee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student General Artist
XD yeah i guess.
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JenL Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorial. Thanks for posting. =)



-Jen
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hwsnph Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
This tutorial was really helpful - thanks for sharing. The tip on mirroring your canvas and reference really helps me a lot.
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FiloG Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
nice :)
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VJD-Communication Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
G’day :iconmajoh: :wave: :D

Thank you for sharing this informative tutorial. :reading: :painter: :camera:

:bye: till next time, :highfive: :XD:
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Babbit-the-Radish Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
so cool :D
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Morphine101 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
thanx a million times for a great tutorial, iv been trying to learn speed painting and just have the rough chunky brush stroke look...and its all in here! i will definetly be using ur tut as a reference :) really appreciate the time and effort put in to this :)
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
It's interesting to see how various artists adopt this method of painting. Your style of doing so seems fairly simple, yet effective. Great work, and thank you for taking the time to make this! :)

-- Mitch
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blueratio Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Very nice tutorial, thanks.
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I attempted a speedpaint referencing this tutorial.
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I mostly like it, thanky ou! :)
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MrRONALDO Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Grazie :)
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SOULAUNCHER Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanx so much 4 sharing
I love Ur works :glomp:
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:iconinsanesound:
insanesound Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student Artist
Nice work, I'll be trying that out for sure! Thanks!
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Daandric Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student General Artist
briliant. I adore your movement explanation.
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pfenninger Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
great, thanks for sharing.
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roren001 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Great Tut!
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nimue-morgan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Student
Wonderful :heart: Thank you for sharing :thumbsup:
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nicely done. I'd have never thought of painting "white" hair to indicate a back light or rim light hair, and flipping the image is a very effective way to seek out areas that need to be adjusted.
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ebo2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
This was very well made! I'll be sure to try my hand at speed painting now! :D
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Sailor9870 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Great picture and great tutorial!
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Desperish Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
VERY nice tutorial!
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ajha100 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Wow - this is an exceptional tutorial. As someone who has had no formal art education, I'm frequently disappointed by tutorials in magazines or online that claim to be "basic," but require a lot of knowledge that only someone with years of experience would have. You did a terrific job showing your process from start to finish, without making it too complicated, but keeping it simple enough for a beginner to learn from. Congratulations, I hope you make more tutorials, and I hope people who make tutorials learn how to do it be seeing yours! :thumbsup:
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Majoh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
OMG, I am so happy that the tutorial was so approachable!! Your experience is EXACTLY what I had hoped for when I made it. I will definitely be making more tutorials in the future.

Thank you, thank you for reading and commenting on it! Please let me know if you try out the techniques - I'd love to see what you make!
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Jatari Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
great tutorial it covers everything in an easy accessible layout! GREAT JOB, thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!
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Icarus389 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
this is just way too hard
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wondering-souls Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
WOW Great tutorial! You put my art to shame xD
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Shaliara Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good tutorial and very useful, I really liked it as I was looking for a speedpaintng one like this one :D

Thanks for sharing!
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ChiBStudio Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Sweet!
^^

You make quite a few good pointers in there. :nod:
I do have two questions though: when you're doing the painting (of adding the colors), do you use just one layer, several...?
Also, besides the size, is there any difference between the two fade brushes that you showed us? I mean, I can see that they fade differently, but are these the preset brushes on photoshop? Why would they produce such different effects if the only difference is the size?
I hope you understood that second question... it's kinda hard explaining it...
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