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    Question ...Make a brush that can overlap without showing what is underneath?

    Im new to photoshop and I am trying to get my mountain and forest brushes to overlap so that i dont have to go back and erase the parts that show through. In example1 you can see what my problem is. example2 shows what i want it to look like after i have gone through and erased all the parts of the trees that are behind the trees that are in front.

    My technique would be to start the forest by painting the trees in the back and overlap them as i paint towards the front of the forest. this would give the look in example2 with out having to go back through the entire forest and identify and erase the unwanted stuff.

    This is difficult to explain, but i hope you can understand what im trying to do. Does anyone know how to do this? perhaps i should be using something other than a brush? or maybe there is a setting somewhere?

    Thanks in advance!

    Im using CS2
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    You can't do it with the brush tool, but you can with the Clone Stamp tool. Try this tutorial: http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...ter-Brush-work
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    Or you could use a vector (e.g. inkscape, AI) to do it and import the result into photoshop.

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    or just do it in Gimp.
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    Yup this is aggravating. So many times I've wished Photoshop brushes could be multi-color instead just multi-opacity. Trees and mountains all suffer from this. I'll have to take a look at Midgardsormr's tute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    or just do it in Gimp.
    Yep, this is one of the few places where GIMP totally outshines Photoshop with the ability to have colored OR greyscale brushes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    or just do it in Gimp.
    Sorry for the thread necromancy (and hijacking at that), but how would you go about to do brushes like this in GIMP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maquesh View Post
    Sorry for the thread necromancy (and hijacking at that), but how would you go about to do brushes like this in GIMP?
    Make a brush and color the "insides"(remember that white is actually a color also...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by maquesh View Post
    Sorry for the thread necromancy (and hijacking at that), but how would you go about to do brushes like this in GIMP?
    To add a bit more, the image must be RGB with alpha, and when saved as a gimp brush it will act like a stamp, drawing in exactly the colours/transparency as created. If it is greyscale without alpha, it will paint in the foreground colour with partial transparency based on the greyscale value.

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