How many of you plugged in you pen tablet and started drawing or coloring? Have you changed the setting since you started using it?
The right settings can make a world of difference when you are coloring and painting. It can save you valuable time and keep you from being frustrated.
Recently, it occurred to me that my brush settings were not optimized for the way I color. My pen pressure changed the diameter of my brushstroke and I always used the opacity slider to lighten the stroke. I decided to change this around. Instead of my previous settings I now use the pen pressure to change my opacity and make my strokes faint or dense. I also started using the [ and ] keys in Photoshop which change the diameter of my brush quickly.
The result of these simple adjustment is a much quicker working process with better quality. I could easily brush on a light shadow with a quick light stroke, reduce my brush size using the keyboard, and brush in a deeper shadow by using more pen pressure.
It is a good idea to reevaluate your settings as you improve your skills. Your settings will be based on what you are comfortable with and how you color. Everyone has a different system and there is no right or wrong way to set up your software and tools.
Here are a few videos that may help you consider other options:
Setting up your basic brushed in Photoshop for Digital Painting:
Setting up your basic brushed in Illustrator for Digital Painting: