We want to make our paint easier and faster, so in this case, you can simply prime your canvas as normal. All you need to do is press in a small amount of paint from the palette, and it will then be ready for your painting.
So we’re ready to add the texture and details to our images now, right? Unfortunately not. First thing to do in painting any texture is to create a base color!
One of the most interesting aspects of texture painting is that it relies on base color and base color alone. It means that all the other parts of the textures will all blend into it, and are then completely masked off by it. This means that texture painting is very much a two-way street. So just like with other textures you would paint in color, you should also paint out the darker shades as we will cover them in the next section.
Let’s start by working from a bare canvas. This is a good idea as it’s the simplest to work on and it’ll still benefit from a little UV masking. However, the first step in painting with textures is a test layer, and we need to do this so that we know what is going on and do not accidentally hit our brush with something. This is because textures are painted with only one color with a brush, so if we hit our brush with something we will likely get a very subtle shading or blur.
It’s important to notice that not all texture brushes are created equal.
A basic brush with different colors
There are different textures for different kinds of brushes, and many different shapes and sizes of brush you can use. For us, we used a simple “flesh” shape (we’ll explain later on which kind) but of course any shape with a few pixels to it would be fine. Now let’s continue, by painting out our texture.
So here we are after the very first layer. This may not seem like a big deal, as we know that if we touch our brush with a brush we would get a slight blur, but don’t worry, this is a very subtle effect and it won’t have an adverse effect on your painting.
Let’s repeat the process and this is the image now we have after one more layer. By now we should have covered our canvas.
Now we will start going into detail to make the textures and details more visible, but first let’s look at our basic skin.
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