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Fur Brush by Radioactive-Insanity Fur Brush by Radioactive-Insanity
EDIT: TIP for Photoshop Elements users!
The brush flow option in Elements is not present in the visible brush options; instead you must use the following keyboard shortcut: SHIFT+ numbers 1-0 (on the numbers above the actual letter keys) 1 is 10% flow, and 0 is 100% flow, etc.

Next Brush in the Series: Cloud Brush

Just wanted to share the magical brush I used to make the fur in my piece "Shadow of the Day" [link] .. 'cause it's so darn easy to use!

This isn't really a tutorial; it's mainly just pointing out an awesome brush and what it can do. That's why the 'instructions' are really short and not really helpful xD buuut YEH if anyone finds this thing useful in any way, let me know...

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Wyverra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks great, I'm definatelly going to try this out!
Thank you for sharing, I will post you the results if you'd like :)
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks; I hope it helps! ^^ I would love to see what you come up with :nod:
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've had some problems with my tablet (stopped working, but software reinstall helped) so I've finished just now even though it's a little practice drawing xD
Anyway here's the link: wyverra.deviantart.com/art/Ger…
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will send you a link :)
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neozetta Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I tried on [link] but it didn't come out as details and nice as yours though... Nice guide Love
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ooh thanks for sharing! Your pic is definitely a good start; it does take some practice to get a hang of the technique :nod: I like the lower neck fluff area in yours, near the bottom right corner-- good layering happening there with the brush strokes ^^ Fur is all about lots of layers! A general tip I can give you though, is to add more contrast in the fur-- more dark shadows, which will help define the fur better. Working with high contrast lights/darks with the 'fur brush' is ideal. Another tip would be to draw your pictures at a bigger size (that is, if you don't already), it makes things a lot easier ^^

To demonstrate what I mean, I quickly edited your picture a bit-- hope you don't mind! ^^;
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hailgenocide Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely trying this out.
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x-Jayleigh-x Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Omg this is so hepful <3 Thanks
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you change the brush flow?
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
the Flow option should appear near the top toolbar when you have the brush tool selected ^^
(Here's a quick screenshot just in case: [link] ) If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away! :thumbsup:
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah...I have PSE8, and there's no flow option there for the brush. I looked it up though...and I have something for you to add to your description for users like me

The brush flow option in Photoshop Elements is not present in the visible brush options, however there is a very unknown keyboard shortcut to control the rate of flow in the brush. The keyboard shortcut is:
SHIFT+ numbers 1-0, on the numbers above the actual letter keys. 1 is 10% flow, and 0 is 100% flow, and so on. If you wanted something like 25% flow, you would hold shift and hit 2, then 5 in short sequence. I'd need confirmation on this...but I believe that if you hold shift, and hit 0, then another number 1-9 in short sequence, it would give you 01-09% flow.
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah I was unaware that Elements didn't have a flow option! Thanks for letting me know; I'll make sure to add that info to the description ^^
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SnowblindOtter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. I didn't know until I started looking either
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kitsune-gamer Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Artist
which brush number in the set are you using and at what size?
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I usually use just the first five brushes in the Natural Brushes list; they don't have numbers but their official names include "Stipple". As for the size you use the brushes at, it just depends on the size of the image you're working on; sometimes I'll use from a 19px to a 44px.. but there's really no set size to use these brushes at. I've noticed it's a little harder to get the effect you want when using a larger size brush, but it's still doable!

I hope that helps! If there's anything else you'd like to ask, or if I didn't answer your question adequately, please feel free to ask away some more ^^
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kitsune-gamer Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Artist
thank you very much! Actually a non brush related question ^^; : how do yoyu convert only one layer to graysclae in an image?
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No prob; glad I could help! :D

To convert a layer to grayscale, just select the layer you want to adjust in the layers window, then go to Image (in the top toolbar)> Adjustments> Desaturate.
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kitsune-gamer Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you so much! You are very helpful ^_^
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angrygingermidget Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I've never colored animals in PS before and really needed the help you offered up here.
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful!! :D I wish you the best of luck! ^^
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KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow thanks for this Im totally trying it! (fur is so HARD!! >>)
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KatWylder Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Digital Artist
This is a really great tutorial. I usually paint long fur with a basic brush, but short fur (like on an animal's muzzle) is really time-consuming using that technique. This is so much faster, and it looks better.
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Serbezaathemuffin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
ahh wow ^^ this was really helpful! I've always wondered how people do fur and this has given me a solid clue :D thank you ^^ I was also wondering my version of photoshop 7.0 doesn't have those brushes *top left* and I was wondering if there is a tab you go to? or if there was a place to go sorry for asking :aww:
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BanzukeTosa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
1. Go to the paintbrush tool.

2. Click the drop down for brush size.

3. Click the ">" arrow next to the font size number to bring down a menu.

4. Look near the bottom and there should be Natural Brushes on the list. Click that and voila!
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TigresaDaina Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww!! fantastic! =D thanks a lot I love the tutorials :love:
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :D :D
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PhantomStalker Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeeey nice quick and easy and still looks nice :B

ahhh you just had to make that real quick lol
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Radioactive-Insanity Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yesh that's why I had to SHARE IT WIT ZE WURLD :iconhappyeightplz:
lol yeah xDD
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