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3 Photoshop Brushes for Painting Fish Scales by pixelstains 3 Photoshop Brushes for Painting Fish Scales by pixelstains

Today’s Photoshop brushes are for painting fish scales. They were requested by “ADamselinDesign”
For brush requests, ideas for future brush sets, or related questions you can email me at brushtip@pixelstains.net

To achieve the desired results see the tips below. It requires some work to get the effect right.

The set contains three different brushes:

  • The first brush has a dense scale texture. I think this works nice with almost anything.
  • The second brush can be used for deep sea creatures. The texture is a less conventional so it works quite well with made up characters.
  • The third one is a bulkier texture. It can work well for painting mermaid tails.

Tips:

Start texturing your painting only after you have a base to build upon. Don’t start with these texture brushes, and when you use them be aware of the direction of the scales.

Using grayscale and Dodge/Burn tools in the texturing phase works way better than blending modes.

Once your texture looks in place you can experiment with blending modes ranging from Overlay to Color Dodge to add hue and chroma variation.

Don’t over-texture shadows. Textures are most prominent in the area where the light fades into shadow (halftone); try to tone down textures in shadows as much as possible. In deep shadows eliminate them entirely.

For extra details use the default pressure sensitive soft brush or with noise added.

When painting, watch images of fish for reference.

NOTE:
All my brushes are FREE to use both in commercial and personal art.
I do not request credit or back linking, but if you do I'll take it as a kind gesture.
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Aylaura-0 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
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raviary Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH OMGGG ;_; these saved my fingers some major cramps I'd have gotten drawing all the individual scales on my own. Used them and a few of your other brushes here: raviary.deviantart.com/art/Cat…
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ShopKey Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for these! I used them here: 67.media.tumblr.com/51d9338589…
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aliartisit90 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx alot :3
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
cheers!
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SPRSPRsDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
awesomeness!
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SPRSPRsDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Queen--B Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your stock. Hope you enjoy

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pixelstains Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
awesomness, keep up the good work :D
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piter235 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thx alot :3
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
cheers!
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Nebelelfe-Art Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Used here: nebelelfenaemy.deviantart.com/…
 Thanks so much !
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
cheers! keep up the good work :D
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zaAaAaAAAacK Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta try them once ! *_*
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
cheers!
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NOIXEN Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Thank you!!!!
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
my pleasure!
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Really good work, thanks!!!!
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
thank you!
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rong73 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...thank you! 
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
cheers!! xD
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MayuMerisiel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
hi, I used your brushes here mayumerisiel.deviantart.com/ar…
hope you like and thanks for the brushes :D
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
looking great, keep up the good work :D
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MayuMerisiel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
thanks ^^
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marphilhearts Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for these great brushes! Used here: fav.me/d96oizv
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
my pleasure! Keep up the good work!
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Mend30012 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I have used your brush here mend30012.deviantart.com/art/A…
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
cheers!
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Sera-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
These look amazing, :)
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
thank you! :)
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Sera-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome
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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thank you so much!! I just now saw these. They are awesome, cannot wait to try them out :D
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Sure, my pleasure! :D
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :love: another great-looking set of brushes!
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
My pleasure! I am glad you like them :D:D
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
Oh my gosh *drool* I gotta try these out. 

By the way, thanks for favoriting my original work! :D
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Sure thing! :D
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quarrelInTheStreets Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015   Digital Artist
These are pretty neat.  I don't really paint fish (or scaled creatures often), but I think these should have some other uses too.  Thank you for sharing these.
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Thank you, I am glad you like them! :D
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taxi2006 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
2 gud thx
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
sure thing!
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Namwhan-K Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you again and again !
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pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
any time! :D
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NguyenHuuHongVan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this. I usually create pattern, but sometime brush are more suitable.
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Sure thing, my pleasure! I am not very good with patterns I use brushes for almost everything :D
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