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Why does a brush with 50% opacity and 100% flow take 8 individual strokes to reach 100% opacity?

Basically it blocks 50% of what is left behind, as opposed to being a pure 50% opacity in a additive way. Therefore working in an inverse exponential way towards 99.999...% opacity. So laid on top of ...
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Is there a way to reverse the order of anchors in a path?

Yes there is. If your path is open: Select the pen tool (P) Click the last anchor of the path. The order will be reversed If your path is closed: If the path is a compound path, skip to step 4 ...
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Why does a brush with 50% opacity and 100% flow take 8 individual strokes to reach 100% opacity?

Each stroke is moving 50% from the current color towards the brush color. The formula would be 100% * (1 - (brush opacity ^ number of strokes)). So going from white to black, you will have: 50% gray ...
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How to edit a pixel without modifying surrounding pixels

You'll want to use the Pencil tool instead of Brush tool. It allows you to do pixel level edits without any anti-aliasing (the fuzzy area). It's located below the Brush tool or can be accessed by ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

As of GIMP 2.8, the way to paint with a 1 pixel brush using the pencil tool is setting the brush size to "1" in the Pencil tool options, when painting, regardless of Brush's shape or native size. In ...
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Where to find the old default Photoshop brushes?

Yes! it's in by default but just hidden Select Brush by either brush tool or b Right click to open brush manager, on top right corner you'll find little gear. From there select "Legacy Brushes" and ...
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How to create a triangle/jagged edges on a single border in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

You can't use effects or brushes with entire rectangles. Simply create one side, then draw the other three sides of a rectangle. Create the triangles easily by drawing a path and choosing Effect > ...
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Remember brush size when switching between brushes in Krita

To save the brush size of a preset, you have to enable the "Temporarily save tweaks to presets" check box in the brush editor Assuming you are on the latest version of Krita, Press F5 and ...
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Why can I not use the brush tool to paint my object?

You have no actual brush selected, it's just set to basic - which isn't a brush type (just a weird default). Just load in any actual brush and then you will be able to select a stroke/width and draw. ...
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How to draw random colours dots?

Yes. Use the Spray Tool, then the Tweak Tool. Draw a circle or any object. Add a fill. Select it, and choose the Spray Tool In the tool options along the top, make sure you choose the "Spray Copies" ...
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Stacked light circle effect in Photoshop?

I think there're different ways to achieve a similar this effect. Here're several ideas: Use a smart object with Polar Coordinates filter applied. This way you can paint straight lines inside the SO ...
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Why does a brush with 50% opacity and 100% flow take 8 individual strokes to reach 100% opacity?

I suspect this has to do with the limits of transparency layers. You say that it took 8 x 50% transparency to get 0% transparency. If you have 50% transparency, then 50% of the background colour ...
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Why can I not use the brush tool to paint my object?

"Basic" is not a brush. Adobe put it in a stupid place. "Basic" means "no brush - basic stroke". When you attempt to use the Brush Tool and set it to "Basic" what actually happens when you start to ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

Ok turns out that the 'Hardness' setting of 1 was the problem... I thought that hardness would affect antialiasing of the edge of the brush, and that a one pixel brush would need to have a hard edge ...
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Why my Photoshop brush pixelated instead of smooth

There can be different reasons for why this might be happening but you may have changed either your brush Mode to "Dissolve" or your Layer Blending Mode is set to "Dissolve".
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Any way to improve drawing with a mouse in Illustrator

Yes of course. Learn to use the Pen tool. I very rarely use a graphics tablet with Illustrator unless I want to draw something freehand. There's a fun website where you can learn how to use the Pen ...
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Is there brush falloff control in Photoshop?

You can't control a curve of a round brush falloff in Photoshop. The only way to emulate this is to create custom brush tips (via Edit > Define Brush Preset)
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How to "automate" this drawing process using brushes?

You could use a Scatter Brush in Illustrator rather than a pattern brush. Simply draw one shape... however you want no gradients or effects though, simple fills and strokes. And choose Scatter Brush ...
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Why does the paint brush style revert back to the old setting the moment I start painting?

In the Appearance Panel Menu make certain "New Art Has Basic Appearance" is not checked.
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Critique: Veins on Flower

The light modulation on this flower is hellishly hard. You are doing a great job. Honestly you are on the right track, and I don't have as much of a problem as you seem to. One thing you seem to be ...
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How to achieve this scatter effect using Illustrator or photoshop?

You can do this in Photoshop with custom brush you need to define (rectangle shape) and then play with the settings (remember that "roundness" in this case will be thickness of the shape. This is what ...
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How to simulate realistic pencil blending in Photoshop, with texture?

Mixer Brush tool is the best option you're going to have. Be sure to use a Pencil Brush though since it doesn't look like you currently are. Since we're going to be rubbing our lead I'll use a 9B, ...
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Illustrator: Pattern Brush that narrows down all the way?

If you want a "pattern" that goes all the way from the start to the end of a path you don't need a pattern brush you need an art brush. Just select "Art Brush" when creating your brush: In this case ...
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Can Illustrator's Pencil or Brush tool snap to lines and curves while drawing?

A desire for precision generally means the Pencil and any "drawing" Brush won't get you there. You can use the Pen Tool or shapes. The Pencil/Brush tool simply aren't designed to be precise. They are ...
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Illustrator's Paintbrush and Pencil tools are too smooth

My guess would be that whopper of a Fidelity setting. From AI help: Fidelity can range from 0.5 to 20 pixels; the higher the value, the smoother and less complex the path. Controls the amount of ...
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How do I save brushes to use in new documents in Illustrator?

Citation: "You can make the brushes you create available for every new document by adding the brush definition to the New Document Profile" If you want to "load" the brushes you saved, you click on ...
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Can Illustrator's Pencil or Brush tool snap to lines and curves while drawing?

I would use the Pen Tool as you are working with very smooth curves here. Did you check if Smart Guides option is turned on? You can go to View -> Smart Guides or use shortcut Ctrl + U (I believe it's ...
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Can Illustrator's Pencil or Brush tool snap to lines and curves while drawing?

You can as well draw closed shapes with a fill, which hides, what's behind. If you want to insert the new shape below the older shapes, use drawing mode "Draw Behind". It's in the tools panel below ...
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Error creating 10x10 brush (GIMP)?

If the brush has an even number of pixels, there is no pixel at the center... Using the paintbrush instead of the pencil does result in the brush straddling the track evenly.
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