Photoshop: Brushing colors not behaving correctly

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i use a wacom (bamboo) tablet and everytime i am painting a piece i cant draw a color in top of another it does not work. basically intenser and more saturated colors overlay desaturated ones


the way i am avoiding ths for now is to make a new layer and put the color there in the ending i just merge the layers
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Cristen Gillespie

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The color you pick in the Color Picker becomes more intense and saturated as you paint? Have you checked your blend Mode? There are two places you need to check when painting. You need to check your Brush blend mode in the Options bar.  If it says Normal, then you won't build up color or become more saturated and intense. You also need to make sure your blend mode for your layers are set to Normal, but the place most people forget to look is in the Options bar. It sounds like you're painting in one of the Contrast blend modes such as Overlay or Soft Light.

If the color is NOT the same to start with as in the Color Picker, but paler, and you're building up color, then you have transparency in the brush.
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thanks for the reply man.
i dont know what i did but i just changed things back to the brushes presets and things went ok
thxs for your time man
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You're welcome. A lot of people don't even realise that Brush blending modes can be changed using a keyboard shortcut. If you are ever as clumsy as I am, you may find you've accidentally changed a brush blend mode by typing one of those shortcuts while the brush was active. Then, if you don't look, painting will get pretty wonky for you.

Also, if you use 3rd party brushes, there are settings that will change the behavior a lot. Purity in the Color Dynamics section can easily affect the intensity of a color as you paint compared to what you expect when you look at your selected color swatch, while Transfer affects transparency. So if you run into problems again, after checking your settings in the Options bar, you might want to take a look in the Brush panel to see what features have been turned on.

Also, don't forget if something seems wonky with a brush, the tool drop down (far left) has a menu item to Reset Tool. So you can quickly get back to bog standard and see if that was the problem. Brushes are, to say the least, complicated.