I'm experimenting with flow in Photoshop, but can't seem to get it to work.

So I've selected a basic brush and set opacity to 100% and flow to 20%.

But even when I keep painting over the same bit, I just end up with a load of flat colour, instead of giving the effect that it's supposed to:

See the image below, I am trying to get an effect similar to that on the left... but instead I get what is shown on the right:

enter image description here

Am I doing something wrong or could it perhaps be a bug? I'm using Ps 19.1.0 if that helps

  • On the screenshot I see a stroke of a brush with low flow. This screenshot: is that an example of the effect you're expecting or your result? If it's something you're expecting, what's your result? If it's your result, what were you expecting? – Sergey Kritskiy Feb 18 '20 at 7:35
  • If using mouse change brush hardness to 0%. – SZCZERZO KŁY Feb 18 '20 at 9:00
  • @SergeyKritskiy thanks, Ive just updated my question! :) – user23891 Feb 18 '20 at 11:09
  • @SZCZERZOKŁY I've tried that too but no luck unfortunately – user23891 Feb 18 '20 at 11:09
  • I could not replicate your issue. Try to reset the brush: Alt+0+0. – LeoNas Feb 18 '20 at 11:14

While brush Opacity setting is absolute and works the same for any brush, Flow effect will look differently depending on a lot of other brush settings: spacing, scattering, texture, dual brush, etc...

In your example I'd think that spacing is set to a very low value so you don't really see any difference with high and low flow. Try openning Brush Setting window and changing spacing to something like 20-30%

enter image description here

  • worked perfectly, thank you! – user23891 Feb 18 '20 at 13:08

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy