Digital Watercolor offers an alternative to the standard Watercolor brushes. The main difference is that the brushes can be applied to a normal layer unlike Watercolor, which must have its own dedicated layer. This makes it more versatile as it is possible to use both Digital Watercolor and other brush categories on the same layer.
As can be seen below the brushes vary considerably from smooth strokes to very diffused ones. With the exception of the Flat Water Blender, all the examples below use the Clone Color option, which retains the impression of watercolor.
There is more information on the difference between the Digital Watercolor and Watercolor brush categories in Chapter 8 together with a step-by-step example using Digital Watercolor.
Rock and grasses.
Rock and grasses.
The brush used for this picture was the Digital Watercolor Dry Brush.
When used in a medium or large brush size the result will be very diffused with no detail which is useful as a base color wash.
The brush size was 23.6, opacity 20% and grain 100%. The Clone Color option was ticked in the Colors palette.
To bring in some detail the brush size was reduced to 5.4 and the whole picture painted over at an enlarged size. It was useful to rotate the canvas so that the brush strokes followed the lines of the grasses and rock strata. Rotating the canvas is explained in Chapter 1.
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