I have been using Photoshop for digital painting for over a year. However, my brushes have started acting weird recently.

The strokes just overlap one another, so I can't get the smooth color gradient. This applies to every brush I use, including eraser. It looks like I am using blending mode, but it is set to normal both on the brush and the layer.

Apparently this problem is not about flow or opacity too. I tried to restore brush tools, Photoshop settings and updated tablet's drivers. Nothing works.

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  • Kind of difficult to diagnose without seeing the brush settings panel. There may be some dynamic which has been turned on.
    – Scott
    May 19 at 21:43
  • Thanks for your reply! Updated.
    – Alexandra
    May 20 at 18:49
  • Honestly, I can't replicate this with simple brush settings. Are you using a tablet? The only way I can get similar results is to use a pressure sensitive tablet. Then the pressure causes the "build up" or overlap appearance (which is normal). If you don't want that, untick the Transfer option in the dynamics. - but perhaps I'm not understanding the issue.
    – Scott
    May 20 at 18:53
  • You may need to just do some standard troubleshooting - reset prefs, relaunch PS, reboot system... tech support is kind of off-topic here.
    – Scott
    May 20 at 19:00
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    Are you aware that you are using pen pressure in the Transfer option which affects the build up of the paint. If you don't want that to happen uncheck "Transfer" or switch the controls to "off".
    – Billy Kerr
    May 20 at 19:48


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