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Tutorial: Blending in PS by reynagroff Tutorial: Blending in PS by reynagroff
So, here's my little tutorial thing. I have Photoshop Elements 10, and I use the eyedropper a lot when blending. I do not recommend using the Smudge tool to blend. As thundercake puts it, "Smudge is another tool that should generally be avoided. You can achieve the same thing with blending using your brush, and it will look FAR better. If you need it to be smoother, use the eyedropper tool to grab one of the midway colors and spread that around (as is shown above). A common misconception is that Smudge is easier to use, but once you've tried blending using the brush and eyedropper, I doubt you'll want to go back!"
This works with any brush, but those that create softer-edged strokes are easier to blend than others. Hopefully this helps somebody. :shrug:

Edit 8/26/15
We live and we learn! And often it's only a matter of opinion. Mine is: the airbrush is not inherently "bad" for your painting. Use it if you like it! My only advice would be to use it in moderation; be conscious of whether or not there's a better way of getting the texture - or lack of texture - that you want.

Edit 3/30/13
I made this a while ago; I would like to add something that I have since learned. Avoid using the airbrush when painting and blending; rather, go for a more textured brush. This will give your painting a pleasing and believable texture, whereas using the airbrush will result in a uniform, ultra-smooth look. For example, here's an old painting of mine in which I used the airbrush almost exclusively to shade and blend: rbananas.deviantart.com/art/Fr… . Notice how nearly everything has the same smooth texture. The dog's fur and the girl's hair should obviously have a different texture than, for instance, her skin. And, although you can see that I tried to give them that texture, my use of the airbrush hindered me rather than helped. Now look at these paintings by artists who used textured brushes to paint:

fav.me/d5zp4ux by griffsnuff,
fav.me/d2p1ko0 by thundercake,
fav.me/d5xrj6g by Artsammich,
fav.me/d5qpedq by MarcoBucci
Stony Heart (by myself)

See how much more interest a texture brings to a painting? Don't make my mistake - avoid the airbrush. :dummy:
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mtfriend1624 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
nice tut, I use another technique, somewhat close to this, but I think I'll have to give it a try next time.
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Interesting; I use a slight different technique for blending, but I always love to see other artists' techniques. However, I have to disagree with :devthinercake:'s statement; for hard and varied surfaces (ex: hair), smudge tool will allow you to create a more realistic look after setting down the colours with brushes. Or at least, that's what I've found.
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AidanInferno Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suck at blending with the airbrush but thanks for this~! Makes a lot more sense to me now
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reynagroff Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad it helps somehow. ;) I'm no expert, but if you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask!
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AidanInferno Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but of course
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Marcxangfenix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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reynagroff Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Hope it helps somehow! ;)
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FreeMindGirl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this tip! I think it'll be very useful for me :)
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reynagroff Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad I could help! :lol:
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FreeMindGirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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