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How do I color and my FireAlpaca brushes settings by cakwe How do I color and my FireAlpaca brushes settings by cakwe
Just after uploading this I realized that the title 'Coloring Tips' isn't really... tips on how to color.... so yeah the title of the deviation is more accurate.


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Q & A section



Q. On what opacity do you use your brushes to paint/blend colors?
A. I usually use the watercolor brushes around 10-40% opacity. Otherwise, the colors becomes either too weak or too strong. For the water brush, I recommend 10% opacity, and for the paint brush, I recommend going 100% because it's not meant for blending anyways.

Q. How to set the brush opacity?
A. Please take a look at this. sta.sh/214ufkvzwech

Q. What if I don't want to color at the same layer? What if I want to do the shading / highlights at a different layer? How to blend at different layer?
A. Please take a look at this set of tutorial. sta.sh/22a53jygighf


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:iconfenneclover:
FennecLover Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Artist
welp i tried to do this but i think firealpaca just hates me.Anyway, my pen (Fade In/Out) works perfectly!(MAybe at you would work, too.)
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TheDragon-Empress Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This might sounds dumb but when blending what colour do you set it to?
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Littleartist05 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
Whatever colour you need to use Shrug 
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ArtiRox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I'm quite new to FireAlpaca.

How do you "blend" the colors? Do you take one color and go over it? I don't get it ^^;
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cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries. everybody starts somewhere :D

ah, yeah! you just take one color, and go over it, and maybe mix another color in the process. It's almost like how people do oil painting in real life, but since it's on computer, you don't have to worry about making the painting look muddy and you have more control over how you want the painting to look like. it sounds tedious, but that's art and you gotta put some effort in to make it look great.

good luck with your art endeavors!!
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snow-bears Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
may you please tell me the settings on water?

also im watching you you're extremely helpful omg
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's the same settings as firealpaca / medibangpaint's original watercolor brush settings, but set the load color to zero and the ease of mixing colors to maximum. it's also recommended to use the brush on 10~30% opacity, but it depends on each person's drawing / coloring style. 

thank you for the watch! i'm not as active / helpful as i used to be, but glad that i can be of help! ^q^)9
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snow-bears Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh okay--i just realized it explained it in the tutorial i cant read im sorry omg

you're totally welcome! <3
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Emoalicorn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
but i didnt see a watercolor option on the drop down :c
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you might have clicked on the wrong icon. 

please click this one, that says "add brush"

Small by cakwe  
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Emoalicorn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okie, thank you
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msaishakristine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
How do you do the base coloring? Is it done stroke by stroke? bucket tool? those kinds? I see a lot of coloring that goes out of the drawing itself.. (like for example.. suddenly coloring the whole character with its skin color, etc) but the next thing I see.. only the skin color was being shown >.< So I am not sure how did that happened.. 
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cakwe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
depends?

sometimes bucket tool isn't clean enough, so some artists i know (including myself) use several methods to achieve the result that we want -- many paths to rome.

some of the most general methods are:
> selection (magic wand, lasso tool, quick-masking, expand/shrink/inverse selection, etc...)
> bucket tool (quickest way, but sometimes colors don't get into small gaps and spaces)
> brush tool (takes longer but sometimes it's the best way to get transparency effects)

maybe you can ask that particular artist on how they did their coloring?
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msaishakristine Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Oh gosh. Stupid me. Lol.. (I should prolly already know this one) lol.. I recently used Medibang coming from Adobe CS - since I don't have SAI - so.. I was suddenly confused since I was using iPAD - it totally slipped my mind that there is a magic wand, etc haha! Sorry! I usually go with the brush and bucket tool - but it takes so long so I was thinking.. is it me that is taking long or am I doing something wrong, lol! I did ask a few artist.. but they never responded - just shared a link on speed painting which made me clueless lol.. thank you for responding back. Lol. Sorry for being so silly. I was too fixated in using brush tool and clipping mask that I totally forgot about the others @_@
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candiitea Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015   Digital Artist
how do i open the canvas?
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to open an existing file, ctrl+O
to make a new canvas, ctrl+N
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:iconcandiitea:
candiitea Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   Digital Artist
Yes, I know X3 thank you anyway!
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PokeMeW2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Go to file in the top left and click new
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:iconcandiitea:
candiitea Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015   Digital Artist
Already figured it out but thanks anyway!
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PaigeyPie98 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a life saver! thanks!
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem, glad it helped!
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AiriIshii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD IVE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR THIS THANK YOU
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cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad this was helpful for you!
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EbonyScales Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Those are very helpful brushes!  Thanks for the tips.
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cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! glad it was helpful.
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plain-rice Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for this! I'm just getting started with FireAlpaca and these are some great brushes!
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cakwe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, glad to know this was helpful for you! :iconmaduplz: Good luck with your art!!
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plain-rice Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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HayaMika Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thank you thank you thank you! I'm just moving to a Mac and since Paint Tool SAI doesn't work on a Mac, FireAlpaca is the closest thing to it that I could find. This tutorial was super helpful and makes me happy cause now I'm not going to have to change my entire way of drawing.

Thank You again!
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cakwe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same T_T i used photoshop for the longest time but i've always wanted the ease of blending on sai.... i'm just so happy firealpaca exists ////////

I'm happy to hear that this was helpful for you!! Good luck with your art!! :iconmaduplz:
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MistressEccentrical Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for these brushes! They worked wonderful for my blending c: Im still new to Fire Alpaca, and my brain is rigged for PS CC

And good explanation too!
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cakwe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Me too, I've gotten very used to photoshop that sometimes i would wonder why don't my shortcut work lol;;;

Glad it was clear enough and helpful for you! :iconmaduplz:
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Rainbowrockguitarist Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you use bases on this thing..? no one seems to know how :(
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um, what do you mean by bases? 
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Aralina-Auran Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My FireAlpaca was  was working fine about two days ago, but, well, now it isn't... Instead of the normal toolbar, like the one in this tutorial, there's a much slimmer toolbar, & you can't change the thickness of your brush, the color  or even the type of brush; it's stuck in pen. I don't know if this has happen to anyone else, but if it HAS... I would definitely appreciate it! I need to find this out, since I'm trying to work on my new nuzlocke... If no one can fix this, I could probably work on it in DA Mural...
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cakwe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm, sounded like the previous update that they made, with them changing the UI and stuff....

I think you should try to download FA now and see if it helps, since they have updated it again?
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SakuraSadameWingz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing! 8D
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it! ^q^)/
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SakuraSadameWingz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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General-Unicorn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch! <3
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful! :iconmaduplz:
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:iconrabbitmandy:
RabbitMandy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
爱死这个教程了!
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
多谢 ! :iconmaduplz:
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:iconrabbitmandy:
RabbitMandy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
你也会中文?!
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
我不流利中文  :iconlazepoolplz:  但是,我可以明白一点点
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:iconrabbitmandy:
RabbitMandy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
哇呀呀你是哪国人?
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:iconcakwe:
cakwe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
印尼人!但是,我的奶奶和爷爷是中国人。:D
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ZombieTator Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! :D Very helpful! I use FireAlpaca too, and I've been having some trouble finding some really great tutorials like this one for FireAlpaca.
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cakwe Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, glad it helped! yeah, there aren't as many people that uses firealpaca as sai / photoshop, so there aren't really many tutorials about it but i am glad that this one is helpful to you! ^q^)/
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Nakashixox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Very helpful thank you!
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