A few weeks ago we showed you the new Splatter brush and the updated Metallic Fill. Today we will focus on the last two recently added brushes: the Sand brush and the Wood brush.
To begin I am going to use the design that I started when I was showing you the Splatter brush.
Before I start coloring, I rotate the design so that when I make diagonal strokes the lines follow the incoming tide.
I start off with a light beige tone for the base layer of color. Make sure not to miss the little patches of sand inside the water.
A quick zoom into the detail of the Sand brush shows the varying texture it lays down.
Next I’ll select a medium brown and lower the opacity to add in the areas of sand where the tide has come in and made it wet.
After a little clean up I now have a realistic looking beach to go along with my Splatter brush ocean.
The Wood brush has been a great addition to add quick detail to wooden objects and trees.
For this design from the Trees book, I’ll select a medium brown as a base color and fill in the tree.
The great feature about the Wood brush is that when you’re adding shading or highlights, the wood pattern won’t change but the color still will. This stops the design from becoming too cluttered. I’ll now go in and add some shading for where the branches are casting shadows.
Depending on the time of day you want your piece to be set in, you can add highlights to the branches. For my piece I am leaving it highlight free.
These are just a few ways you can utilize the Sand and Wood brushes. We hope you have been enjoying them and make sure to show us how you use these new brushes in your design. Upload to Instagram and Twitter using @Pigment_app and #pigment_app.
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Pigment has a wide assortment of coloring tools that you can’t find in other coloring book apps. Getting started is easy.
What tool am I using?
iPhone: Tap on the Brush Mode button at the bottom right (pane 1). Tap the Brush Menu button at the bottom left (pane 2). An arrow will appear to the left of the selected brush.
iPad: Tap the Brush Menu button at the bottom left. An arrow will appear to the left of the selected brush.
If you’re using a stylus or the Apple Pencil, start with the default Color Pencil tool. If you’re using your finger, start with the tap-to-color Paint Bucket tool.
How do I color?
Take a look at your current tool. If you’re using the paint bucket, tap anywhere to color. You can even drag across the screen and color in a bunch of regions at one time.
If you’re using the colored pencil or any of the brushes, you’ll automatically stay in the lines. If you want to draw outside of the lines, tap the “Freehand” button at the bottom of the brush menu.
We have mentioned Assembly before in regards to how it’s a great tool to automatically backup your designs in Pigment. Now I’ll show you how to create your own designs in Assembly to color in Pigment.
We have received a lot of feedback on the Feathers 2 cover asking how the artist created the little starbursts. They are really easy to create and are a great addition to your coloring pieces.
Here is artist Julie Baker-Szymanski showing us how it’s done.
It sucks to lose your beautifully colored artwork that you’ve put hours into. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way of preserving your Pigment work even if you need to uninstall the app. All you have to do is download and install our other free app Assembly.
Other than installing the app, you don’t have to do anything with it. Having Assembly on your iPhone or iPad will create a shared directory where all of your Pigment work will be automatically saved.
Note: you won’t see your Pigment files if you open Assembly. They’ll exist in a hidden directory that Pigment has access to on the device.
You can also back up your files to your computer using Mail or Dropbox. http://pixiteapps.com/blog/tutorial-backup-pigment-file/
In part two of the watercolor brush, I want to give you some ways that you can use the watercolor brush that may not be obvious. I have used this amazing brush to make clouds, feathers, highlights, and unique patterns on sections of pictures. Today I’m going to go over the following:
5. Unique patterns
Start off by choosing a blue for your sky. One tip when you are planning to do a plain blue sky is to use the fill tool. This will immediately add color and save you time. Sometimes when using fill, there will be areas that are between lines of the picture that will not fill. You will need to look carefully for this.
Next, locate the black & white color palette from the color selector to the bottom left section of your page. Tap on the white color. I’ve done the clouds two different ways. The cloud on the right of the picture was done using an Apple Pencil with the opacity and size to 100%. I used a combination of tapping and a dragging stroke to create them. For the cloud on the left side, I used my finger in a circular motion to make these clouds. I find that using your finger or possibly a rubber tip stylus touches more of the screen and gives a fluffier appearance. Your finger also gives more control over the movement of the cloud. Again, every person colors a little differently so you will have to try different styluses or your finger and decide which works best for you.
Some of you may have tried printing your work from AirPrint and finding that the image gets cropped. We believe that it’s a problem with AirPrint with square images that Apple needs to address, but have found a workaround using another free app called Framify. Steps are below.
- Open your work in Pigment and tap the checkmark icon at the top right corner
- Tap the “…” button.
- Tap the “Save Image” button.
- Install and open Framify. (Disclaimer: We’re not affiliated with developers of Framify, so we cannot provide support for it.)
- Tap on “Choose Photo”.
- Scroll the background selector and tap on “Colors”.
- Move all the sliders to the right to get white. Tap on the white space at the bottom to select.
- Tap “Share”.
- Tap “Print” from the share sheet.
- Tap “Print” from the Printer Options screen.
That’s it! Please send any comments to email@example.com. Thanks.
Accidents happen. To insure that you don’t lose that amazing design you spent hours or days working on we want to show you how to backup the colorable file. There are a few ways to go about that so I will show you the process to backup your design using the Mail App and Dropbox. I’ll use the cover I created for the Transportation book as an example.
Pigment is the most realistic digital coloring program you will ever use. What does that really mean? Most coloring apps are tap-and-fill, while there are other apps that allow you to apply color like paint and do minor blending, Pigment is the only app that truly gives you the experience of painting.
We get many questions about how we color to make our pictures look realistic. In this series, I’m going to go over a few techniques that will allow anyone to “paint” their pictures to make them come alive. Many colorists are not utilizing the Pigment tools to their fullest. With Pigment’s newest update, the colorist is given a wide selection of brushes and colors to choose from. The possibilities are endless! Let’s get started.
For this picture, I chose the “Beach Time” palette. This color scheme will open to nine colors. The first color I will use is the gold. The picture I’ve chosen is the Bonsai picture from the new “Tree” series on Pigment. I will show how anyone can add realism to their pictures with texture. I will begin with the pot of the tree. Although the color will be brown, I will use four different colors.
Step 1: I set the opacity at 100% and the size at 50%. Using the watercolor brush to apply color will give a mottled look. I just lightly went over the picture with the gold color. It should not be a solid color.
What Are Complex Backgrounds?
Backgrounds support the subject of your image, similar to how the setting of a fine ring showcases a precious gemstone. So although many people tend to overlook or give little thought to the background of their image, it plays an important role in creating a masterful, eye pleasing image.
To help understand the design of a background, I will classify them into two basic types…simple and complex.
Simple backgrounds are pretty straightforward and are one of two types:
- A solid, unbroken background — You can easily use solid colors or gradients to create nice backgrounds when all parts of the background are connected into one large piece. In the example below, it might not be immediately obvious that the background is all interconnected, but it is a simple background.