I’ve often wondered whether I should do video tutorials for the apps I cover. There are many of them out there; some spend a lot more time on production than I have to spend. I made the decision to do mine in text form with screenshots since there are fewer of them and because it’s easier to go back and find that one tip that is buried in a long tutorial.
But artists – the ones I try to reach with my tutorials – are a visual lot, of course. Screenshots are absolutely necessary, but sometimes not enough. I encountered that situation recently and it let to my first video tutorial.
I published this photo on the iColorama Facebook page. I call it “The Night Before the Trip”.
One woman asked how I got the script brush to be so big (you can see it faintly on the left side of the photo). I wrote the following explanation and posted it with the screenshot.
“Remember how I talked about absolute vs. relative brush sizes? Masking is relative (and I’d like it to stay that way), so that allows you to get a large brush size by zooming out on the picture. I used a white Presets>Gradient, inverted the mask, and used the Script 2 brush as the masking brush, touching just once – no stroke. Then it was just a matter of changing the masking brush to a soft circle and erasing the mask over the doll, then lowering the opacity.”
Well, it’s not really a surprise that the explanation was not sufficient. So I set up my camera to record the steps I was taking, and produced this video.
I can see where this can be valuable, so you can expect to see more of them in the future. I will be scripting them ahead of time, so that I won’t be stumbling over my words. I’ll also work on getting rid of the reflection, since you don’t need to see my forehead and the camera reflected on the iPad screen. I hope you like the new video tutorials, which will be published sporadically. My regular tutorials will continue every Wednesday.