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spuddy

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Just a quick look at Overlay layers to adjust lighting aimed at people new to digital painting. If you paint on a layer set to overlay with black it will darken the area and if you paint with white it will lighten the area.
I usually use more than one overlay layer so that the opacity can be adjusted to give the effect needed in any given area.The picture below has 5 layers with the opacity ranging from 57% to 100% and I chose it to illustrate the effect because it was generally rather flat in it's levels,and I have used pretty heavy effects to show how a picture can be altered post painting.
the midle picture is the original the bottom one has the overlay adjustments and the first one is the overlay adjusted picture with a heavy levels adjustment on the whole picture.
Ps the pictures didn't load in the correct order ie orig then overlays then levels somehow the levels picture went to the top when I added it on an edit so sorry for thatjungle 3.jpg 
jungle 1.jpg  jungle 2.jpg 


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Dave, I see the difference but I'm not sure which is which. I did read your query to Don about overlay layers. In all these years, I've never tried it or knew what it did or how to use it. So I tried it and it will be useful. In my own way, I created brushes to do the same thing more or less. Thanks for tip. I appreciate your art and support.

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Thanks Bob yep I find brushes aren't as versatile as an overlay or soft light adjustment
for large diffused lightening or darkening use custom brush or covers 100 feather opacity set mid to low and very large brush size use mouse and one click operation rather than stroke the colour
here are the pics in order I hope
jungle adj 1.jpg  jungle adj 2.jpg  jungle adj 3.jpg 

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Dave, thanks for clearing it up. I understand better now. My appreciation for how much I have learned from you over the years.

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Some good tips here Dave,  Thanks...  [smile]  Robyn
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Thanks Dave
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Thank you for taking time to explain this~
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Spuddy this is really neat using overlays for layers its been awhile since i used TB also downloaded all your brushes COUNTRY KITTY
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You're a great TBPS teacher, Dave. Thanks for this tutorial.
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