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Procreate Illustration for Beginners: Use Multiply Blend Mode Like a Pro

teacher avatar Weronika Salach, Art with MAGIC

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Getting Started


    • 3.

      What Are Blend Modes


    • 4.

      About Multiply


    • 5.

      Clipping Masks


    • 6.

      Flat Colors


    • 7.

      Multiply Shadows


    • 8.

      Multiply Texture


    • 9.

      Multiply Darker Details


    • 10.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome dear students to this mini series on Procreate Illustration for beginners. We start with the most often used blend modes (or blending modes) in Procreate! This is a fun and easy to follow class where you can either learn about blend modes from zero (great for beginners) or solidify the knowledge that you previously acquired and add in a few extra new tricks into your skillset!

What You Will Learn in This Class:

  • a basic introduction to what blend modes are
  • which layers blend modes affect and how
  • how to navigate the blend modes menu options in Procreate
  • getting familiar with the Multiply blend mode
  • utilising Multiply to create more detailed illustrations

After This Class, You Will be Able to Use Multiply to:

  • create deeper & more interesting shadows /shading
  • add in extra texture to your illustration
  • complete your artwork with additional darker details

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1. Welcome!: Hi everyone. My name is Weronica. I'm an artist and teacher, and I'm here to help you take your digital illustration skills to the next level so that you can illustrate in Procreate like a pro. Welcome to Beginners Procreate series. We will have a look at tons of tips and tricks for using basic Procreate tools and we will talk about ways to add even more depth and detail to your digital illustration. This class specifically introduces using blend modes in Procreate. Today, we focus on learning about multiply, to add variation and contrast that makes your work really stand out. This series of classes is great for both ambitious beginners, as well as for intermediate students who would wish to solidify their knowledge in using Procreate as their tool. First, we will create a botanical flat color base, and then we will look at three easy ways to add more interest to it using Multiply blend mode, adding shadows, adding textures, and adding extra details. All of those techniques will allow us to stay within a consistent color palette. We'll be turning a flat color drawing into a bold illustration with lots of variation. Grab your pencils and let's start learning. 2. Getting Started: Let me briefly tell you how you can prepare to take this class. Actually, all you really need is your iPad and your stylus. This is your project. You will draw a simple flower of your choice, stylize it and add more depth using multiply blend mode. If you don't want to draw a flower, you can draw anything else but the focus of this class is to utilize multiply. To make things easier for you, I prepared a few resources which you can find under Projects and Resources either on your laptop or the tablet in the browser. It doesn't work in the app. I prepared transparent PNG flower templates that you can use and a ready-made folder with some Procreate brushes. The use of the flower templates is completely optional, as well as you can be using any brushes you like. But as usual, I like to give some personal recommendations in my classes and draw your attention to the fact that there are some super awesome brushes that are already native to Procreate. There will be two more brushes that will be coming directly from me. There's a liner brush in the folder and some extra paper texture if you would like to use it. As always, feel free to reach out to me either through email or write your question in the discussion section here on Skillshare, so that all the other students can see your questions and maybe find the same answers. Let's get started and learn more about blend modes. 3. What Are Blend Modes: [MUSIC] As an introduction to the topic, let's answer the question, what are blend modes? Most graphics editing programs, such as Procreate or Adobe Photoshop, allow users to modify the basic blend modes. To put it in simple words, it is the way two layers blend or interact together. It works in the way that the upper layer affects the layer underneath. Let's have a look together directly at an example from Procreate interface. I want to quickly show you how I created those interesting color variations on this flat color for the flower that you see to the right side. I used different blend modes that affect this flat color layer in order to create the decorations that you see in the two corners of my slide. Don't forget when you're using blend modes, it's the upper layer, so the layer above, that affects anything that is underneath it. Here's the first example. Here you can see this flat color flower on one layer and by default, any layer that you create, any new layer is set to normal. You can see that by this little N symbol next to the layer, it means it's a normal layer without any special blend mode. The layer right above it is set to a different blend mode, namely the screen mode in this example. The little S that you see stands for screen, the name of the blend mode. I painted the left side of the flower with an additional yellow color and when you set it into screen mode, this is the result. I use this color in the upper-right corner of my slide. Here's one more example. The exact same flat color flower. This time we used above it another blend mode called vivid light. The process was exactly the same. We painted the entire left side of the flower with the very same yellow color. It's just that the blend mode is different. On this example you can see very well that by using different blend modes, you can get quite unexpected color combinations, very interesting. I used that flower variation in the lower left corner of this slide. Can you guess what all those flowers have in common? Yes, that's right. The base of all those flowers is the variation that you see on the leftmost side. Then the left side of those flowers was painted over in the very same yellow color on a separate layer using a different blend mode. Where can you find and adjust blend modes in Procreate? Let's have a look together directly in the interface. First, you have to open the Layers panel by tapping the double rectangles symbol in the top right of Procreate's interface. On the right-hand side of each layer, you will see one or more letters. This will tell you which blend mode is active on your layer. Remember by default you will have the letter N, which stands for normal mode. When you tap that letter, the name of the blend mode, you will see a whole scrolling list of different blend modes, names that you can choose from. As you scroll, each blend mode will apply to your layer, so you can preview the results. I warmly encourage you to experiment and to check out the different blend modes in Procreate. Here's a small visual cheat sheet where to find this scrolling lists of blend modes in Procreate. Remember that by default, normal mode is active and it's shown by the letter N. The second part of the menu is the opacity slider. Opacity is a setting that controls how transparent your layer is. To illustrate how opacity works, I created that extra layer above my flower and I set it to multiply. Next, I painted over just a very random blob of paint that partially covers our flower. Multiply is the name of one of the blend modes that you can choose from and you can see it by the letter M next to our layer. When you tap on that letter M, you will open the menu and you will see right below the opacity slider. By default, every layer has full opacity, but you can change this opacity by manipulating the slider to the left and to the right, you will see that the percentage changes up and down. In this way, you can set the level of transparency of the layer affected. What can you achieve by using blend modes in Procreate? What are they for? I'm a big fan of using blend modes in my illustration creation process. For starters, using blend modes can help you add more depth into your illustration. Instead of just using colors from the color wheel, you can very effectively create shadows, highlights, manipulate the contrast of your illustration, add in some interesting saturation or luminosity to your illustration. I hope that you could see you on our previous flower example that by using blend modes, you can create really interesting visual effects because you can come up with color combinations that you wouldn't use otherwise. The blend modes help you to experiment more with your colors. Last but not least, I firmly believe that knowing blend modes can help you speed up your drawing process, particularly with regard to creating highlights and shadows, but also adding in some extra texture to your illustrations. Now it's time to summarize what we learned so far. The first thing that we learned was what the blend modes are and what they do. Now we know that they are really handy. It's the way two layers blend or interact together to create a new color combination or a new visual effect. Now we also know which layers get affected when we use blend modes. It's always the layer above that affects the layer underneath. We also got to know the default blend mode layer settings. We know that every time we create a new layer, it will be set to N, which stands for normal, and it will be at its full opacity. You also know where to find the menu for blend modes in the interface. You know that you have to go to the Layers panel and each of the layers will have a small letter and then you have to tap on it to see the further menu to choose or to change your blend mode. We also touched upon the opacity slider. We know that by default we have a full opacity, but we can always minimize the effect by reducing the opacity of the layer with the blend mode. Finally, we briefly discussed, very briefly, [LAUGHTER] the advantages of using blend modes. Like I said, I'm a very big fan because once you get to know them and you choose some of your favorites blend modes, they can really speed up your illustration creation process. Pew, we learned quite a lot so far [MUSIC] and this is just the beginning, because what is theory without some practice? I hope that you'll follow me to the next lessons where I teach you more about the specific types of blend modes, the ones that I like to use most whenever I create my illustrations. Let's learn some more. 4. About Multiply: If you are into digital drawing, you are bound to hear about the multiply blend mode. I think it's the most commonly used blend mode of them all, and I use it 100 percent of the time. The main property of multiply blend mode is that it makes the layer underneath it darker and more intense. With disregard, it's perfect for creating shadows and adding some texture. Let me show you a few examples on my own illustrations. I selected those two illustrations for you. Let's first have a look at the portrait on the left. You see by looking at the arrows that all those highlighted areas, the forehead, underneath the eyes, underneath the nose, and around the nose and the lips, and also the neck area were darkened using the multiply blend mode. Likewise, multiply has been used on the illustration to the right where you see a bit of a zoomed-in piece of a moth illustration. I created some darker areas on the leaves, on the flowers, the body of the moth that you see around the head, and also where the wings collapse at the bottom. Let me demonstrate what a difference multiply blend mode makes. Let's go to the portrait illustration that I just shown to you, and let's look more closely at the layers. I have a folder where I painted the head and the neck, and you will see that for each of those elements, I used one extra blend mode layer for the shadows. Now, let's see the difference under the neck. This is without multiply, and this is with. Now the shadows on the face, this is without, and with. There's a huge difference. To create the shadows on the face that stay within the face area, I use the clipping mask, but I will tell you more about it in another lesson. For a bit more intermediate artists out there, I demonstrated how I'm using multiply blend mode quite extensively in another class of mine here on Skillshare, magical moths and botanical illustration. You can have a look at it too if you want to. Enough with the theory, let's get practicing. In the next lessons, I will show you how to use multiply blend modes to create shadows, texture, and darker details. Let's practice together. 5. Clipping Masks: [MUSIC] I want to quickly tell you what a clipping mask is because we will be using it quite a lot. Clipping masks are super handy. They are layers that can be added to the top of your art so that you can keep adding the details to it without ruining the base layer. Let's have a look here. I added an extra layer with some zigzags, and I want to add them onto the yellow petals of the flower. On the left side, you have the elements without a clipping mask and on the right side you have added the texture or the details with a clipping mask. You see that when using a clipping mask, those details are contained within the shape on the layer. Let me show you how it's done in the app. Let's take our flower. I created that extra layer for the details, and you can see by the letter M that it is set to multiply. Having selected that layer, I draw on it; I draw this texture, and right now you see that the texture goes outside of the yellow shape. Please note that this extra layer is right on top of the yellow elements layer that I would like to manipulate with that extra texture. In order to switch the Clipping Mask on I have to select that Extra layer, and then you will open the menu on the left side and you have to select the Clipping Mask. It will be ticked, that's how you know that it's selected. Let's go back to the layer and let's again unclick it. That's how you get rid of a clipping mask. Again, the texture is now outside of our shape, and let's click it back again so that the clipping mask is applied again. For each of the elements if you have them on separate layers, you have to do it one by one. You always place that extra layer right above the layer that you would like to change. Let's have a look at the green one. Again, I created an extra layer, I turned it into a clipping mask; there's this arrow to the left, and I'm drawing the yellow elements onto it. If I unclick it you will see again they're not contained anymore, so let's click it back. For the purple element, it's the same. An extra layer, I turn it into a clipping mask, select it from the menu, and then I can draw within the shape and it will be contained. The advantage is that you are not affecting the layer underneath so you can always change your mind, and go back, and do the changes more easily. That's it. That's all you need to know about clipping masks. 6. Flat Colors: We start our project by drawing our flower and filling in all the flat colors. I will also show you how I separate everything into layers. Tip number 1, always start with a background color. I created a dedicated layer for my background and then I go to the colors in the upper-right corner to my color palette. I choose my background color and then I drag it onto the canvas so that it fills the entire space. The next step is to make a sketch of your flower. You can either draw it on your own freehand or you can use one of my four flower templates. I will be choosing the template. Let me show you how I import it into Procreate. Once you downloaded the transparent PNGs from the Resources section, you can download them onto your canvas. We go to the Wrench tool in the upper-left corner and we select the first option on the menu Add, Insert photo. Here are my templates. I have saved them into my device. I choose the template that I liked the most, and I'm using the Move tool, the arrow, to position it in a good way on the canvas. Next, I go to the layer with the flower. I rename it to sketch and I lower its opacity. For filling in the color, I like using either dry ink or the liner brush that I made available to you or the monoline brush. They are all parts from the liner one native to Procreate, and it's actually up to you which brushes you're going to use. You can find marvelous native to Procreate brushes already within the app. They are mostly in the sketching and drawing section, or you can use the brushes that I am using that I compiled for you in this handy little folder that you can find in the Resources section here on Skillshare. To speed up my drawing process, I will be using a drawing guide symmetry. I make sure that the drawing guide is on. I can click on Edit Drawing Guide to choose symmetry. There's a vertical line in the middle of the canvas, and it will help me to draw on both sides of the flower simultaneously, which will really speed up this whole process. The layer that I will be drawing on is on Drawing Assist. It's outside of the scope of this class about the blend modes. But if you want to find out more about using symmetry tools to draw better illustration, then you can check out my other class, magical moths and botanical illustration, where I talk a lot about the symmetry tool. I'm teaching you there pretty much all the types of symmetry guides that you can find in Procreate. My big tip here is that we split the colors. So I created a new layer. I renamed it to green, and this later will contain only the green color. I go ahead, I take the monoline brush, and I fill in the color. I just trace very roughly the shape of the flower and sometimes I have a closer look to refine the entire shape, and then I repeat the process again. I create a new layer, I rename it to the next color that I will be using. It's going to be purple. I will make sure that this purple color is only on that layer. This time I use the dry ink because the brush is a little bit more textured. I go to the color palette, I choose the color, and I fill it in very roughly again all the small details. Sometimes I'm dragging the color in to speed everything up, refining the small shapes. The texture is very beautiful. There's small speckles here and there. That's why I changed my brush and then I repeat with my last color. I rename the layer to yellow. You also want to figure out what will be the order of the layers. The one that is above will be on top of the other colors. In my case, the yellow is on top and you can see that I can draw on the purple underneath and the yellow is on top. I'm missing a few green colors. I make sure that I really go to the layer that is dedicated to the green color, I zoom in and I draw the petals in green. Make sure that your layers are clean and you separate your colors. Back to yellow, I wanted to add in some extra elements on top. Let your imagination flow. Add in as much details and shape as you want. Now we are ready. I can switch off the sketch layer. Let me show you. We have yellow separately, we have green separately, and we have purple separately. Now it's your turn. Your task is, first of all, remember choose your background color, then you either sketch your flower freehand or you use one of the templates. Then you lower the opacity of the layer and then you fill in all the colors, making sure that the colors are on separate layers. That's it. Let's start working on those shapes using multiply blend mode. 7. Multiply Shadows: [MUSIC] Multiply is most commonly used to add shadows to your illustration. Let's create some shadows together. Our base colors are laid down. We have yellow, green, and purple separately. Let's head to choose our brush for the shadows. Of course, you can simply use the brushes from the folder that I made for you. I, most of the time use gouache or vine charcoal for more texture, Tarraleah, quoll or bonobo chalk. Of course, you can also use your own brushes. There are so many wonderful brushes out there that you can use to create shadows. But if you need a little bit more inspiration, have a look at the following slides. For example, I really like when my illustrations look a little bit more painterly as if they were really made using traditional media. One idea is to go to the painting section within Procreate, and there you can find a variety of acrylic, gouache, and watercolor in spite brushes, that will help you to get that look if you're up for it. Another good examples are all those brushes that imitate the graphite or a pencil that have a chalk-like quality, they're a little bit more grainy. You can definitely find some very cool free brushes within Procreate. Just go to the Sketching and the Charcoal section in Procreate, and there you can find, for example, the 6B pencil, some chalks, and a lot of charcoals or you can also use the bonobo brush. It has a very nice and grainy texture, which is perfect for creating shadows. Last but not least, you can also use for your shadows some extra brushes that are not for free. You got to pay for them, you got to find them on the Internet. But for example, this shaders folder by True Grit is very interesting, and it can help you to really generate some interesting shadows that have more of a print-like quality. As you can see on all those examples, it's really down to your personal preference and your willingness maybe to experiment a little bit. Now, what about which colors to use for your shadows? I wanted to give you here a few tips. Let's tackle the green color on our illustration. For that green color, I would use again the same green color but it's going to be on Multiply. Then another color from the color palette, let's go and take the purple. I wanted to show you also that other examples of purple or violet make really fantastic shadows too. Let me show you how those colors work. Now we will focus again on the green layer. I will hit the Plus symbol to create an extra layer on top. This layer will be connected to the layer underneath. We got to click on it and then we select a clipping mask. The clipping mask has to be on. You will see a tick, and then arrow to the left side of the canvas symbol, and then we go to the small letter. Remember, we click on it and we have to change the blend mode. We scroll all the way up to select Multiply, and then the N, which stands for normal changes to M, which stands for a Multiply. In my work, I used to use the very same base color set on Multiply to create my shadows. With my finger, I drop exactly the same green color. Then I change my brush from the liner brush to something a little bit more painterly. Let's choose the gouache brush. Then I start to paint on the dedicated clipping mask for that green color. That was gouache. Now let's have a look at something grainy. Feel free to test the brushes before you commit to your shadows. The Tarraleah brush from Procreate is also very interesting. The quoll brush somehow behaves a little bit like watercolor. I like it a lot too. There you go. I tested different brushes. I use the same color as the base color, the green color. Have a look. This is where the clipping mask is on, and this is what you see when the clipping mask is off. Let's turn it back on. Also, remember to go to the opacity slider and to play around with it up and down to reduce the opacity of the color until you are happy with it. You have to remember that for each of your layers, we're also left with yellow and purple, you have to repeat the steps. You have to create a new layer on top. You have to set it to a clipping mask, and then you have to go and remember to change the blending mode. Yellow was done, the same for purple, new layer clipping mask. Then we're going to Multiply. Everything is set. Another strategy is to use a purple or a violet shade because they really make great shadows. You can experiment with the purple from the existing color palette or you can find a cooler shade of purple and then reduce the opacity to see which one you like best. You can also use another color but from the same color palette so that your color scheme remains consistent. I selected the green from the palette and I'm trying to see if I like it or not. I go to the opacity slider and I reduce the opacity. It looks pretty good to me. I warmly encourage you that you run such tests on the majority of your layers. Let's take the yellow color for example. I want to see which one I like best. I start with the violet color. I also play with the opacity. I don't like it that much, so I will choose the same base color yellow then the purple. Next, I want to test the green color. Let's see. Finally, I will play with the opacity slider to see which one I like the best. Now it's your turn. This is your task. Select your shadow brushes, experiment, and choose the ones that you like the most. Then create a clipping mask for each of all the separated color layers. Set that clipping mask to Multiply. Do not forget that step. Sometimes I like to lower the opacity in advance to see the results that I like the most immediately. Then you lay your shadows. I have removed my happy experiments and now I'm ready to really add some serious [LAUGHTER] shadows to my flower. Normally I will focus on the areas that could have this cast shadow. I imagine that my light source comes from above that implies that the shadow is usually on the lower side of the element, so underneath, for instance. I make sure I do it layer by layer. I start with the green. Oftentimes I double-check if I'm on the correct layer. My favorite technique is to use the base color. I like the painterly look of my illustrations. I usually choose the gouache brush, which starts quite transparent. Then I'm adding in the extra layers of that paint [LAUGHTER] so to say, and I'm building my shadows up. Again, remember to stick to the right layer. Sometimes you are drawing on the incorrect layer and you have to start [LAUGHTER] all over again. Now I move to the clipping mask for yellow. Experiment with your brushes and change every now and then. I like quoll because it looks like watercolor. Let's check that one. Adjust the size of your brush. Again, I'm adding in some very delicate shading, some very delicate shadows at the bottom, building up the layers until I'm happy. For the upper elements, I change my brush because I'm looking for a different effect. It's really okay to switch between the brushes. Then I move to the last color. I really go color by color. I again choose the base layer because that's my favorite technique. I choose the brush with a little bit more grain. I usually start by adding the shadows from the bottom section of my elements. In case, I forget some shadows like in the case of those green elements or leaves at the top, I select again the base green color, and then I really double-check that I'm on the correct layer, and I add in the missing shadows. I like the layer quite a lot. Remember also to play with the opacity of those clipping masks. You often want your results to be a little bit more balanced. I tend to lower my opacity until at least half to at least 50 percent. I just test it up and down. When I think I'm done, I also have the tendency to rename my layers, so that I keep it in order. Have a look at my layers. Yellow with yellow, purple with purple, and green with green. This is the final result. I would like to give you my final tips for adding the shadows part. This is what we learned and this is the advice that I would like to give to you. Make sure to really use those clipping masks. They could really save you [LAUGHTER] and speed up your process. Don't forget to play with the opacity slider because it can really make a huge difference. Experiment with the color of your shadows. You can go for the base color but you can also choose a completely different color. Just experiment. Remember that purple or violet always makes nice ones. Double-check your layers and make sure to color on the correct clipping mask layer. [LAUGHTER] This is it. In the next lesson, let's create together some more texture. 8. Multiply Texture: Multiply is also a fantastic blend mode to add texture to your illustrations. Let's have a look together. We have laid our shadows, and sometimes it's enough. You can stop there. But if you want to add even more depth and interests, then stay with me. Why texture in the first place? I absolutely love adding texture to my illustrations. It definitely offers more interests, more depth, and it makes your art [inaudible] if you could touch it. It can help you create this illusion that something is soft or fuzzy or it's shiny. You can see the roughness, the grain. You can see that it's gritty. There's so many beautiful textures out there. Sometimes you can find really cool Procreate brushes that are already within the app. For those of you who like myself like buying new brushes, there's so much out there. I cannot really recommend any one set that I saw out there. I'm sure you already have your favorites in case you're buying brushes from other artists. Let's do this together. Previously, we have created clipping masks for our shadows. It also depends on your personal preference. If you would like to leave those layers, I like to merge them. I don't like too many layers. When I'm happy with my final result, I just pinch them together with the main color and its dedicated clipping mask, and it's done. Then we have to basically repeat the steps from the previous lesson for each of the color layers. Above them, we create using the plus sign an extra layer. We click on it and we change all of them one by one to a clipping mask. Then we go to the letter symbol on the right side and we slide and choose on the menu multiply. You already know that I like to establish my backgrounds very early on. Let's start by adding some texture onto our background. I thought it would be very interesting to add a texture all over the illustration that will resemble paper texture. Don't worry, I will make sure to include one paper texture brush in the blend modes folder with the brushes. I would like this texture to be not only on the background but also on the flowers. We need to create a new layer on top of everything, on all our colors and the background color, and then you select the texture brush. I have selected exactly the same colors such as the background, you can see it here. The texture is so beautiful. The missing element here is to change the mode to multiply so that the effect is really subtle. Let's rename our layer to paper texture so that I remember and I do not remove it by accident. When we zoom in, you can really see a little bit of the texture. The effect is very subtle. Of course, you can choose a different texture for a more dramatic effect. Multiply blend mode is by far the most commonly used blend mode to put on paper texture on top of illustrations. Now let's put some texture on each color layer. This is completely up to you. If you want, you can skip the texture part. To do that, we have to go back to our colors folder, the flat colors. Remember, the clipping masks are ready. I will start with the yellow color and then use the same technique like for the shadows. As a base color, I choose yellow and then I choose my textured brush, and I create some more speckles. As you can see, this could also be our texture shadow. But in my case, I want to add even more dimension even on top of the shadow that I created previously. I'm drawing here a little bit more speckles, a little bit more green. I love green so much. [LAUGHTER] Then I go to the opacity slider just like last time and I reduce it to roughly half, and that's it. Now it's your turn. In this lesson about multiply, your task is to add some texture to the background. Here you use no clipping mask, make sure to change the layer to multiply. Then you can add texture to every single layer by using clipping masks this time. Make sure to change your brushes and to experiment with all the textures. Also play with the opacity of your layers. Again, don't forget to change to multiply. Join me as I finish adding texture to my illustration. Definitely, I want a little bit more speckle on the green. The shadows are okay, but I'm feeling all the other parts of the stalks and the leaves that are not with any textured shadow. I would like more texture there for sure. I make sure to change my brushes. I'm using quay to add a little bit more as if bubbles to the purple. I also use thorough layout to add some more dimension at the bottom of the plant. If I overdo it, I can always go back. [LAUGHTER] Make sure to zoom in and zoom out to see if you like the illustration and stay within the correct layer. In case the effect is too dramatic for you, go to the opacity slider and play around with it. I think I'm happy. Those are my layers. This is my final result. Those are my final tips for you when it comes to adding texture using multiply blend mode. Let's also sum up a little bit what we learned. Make sure to use multiply to add more depth into your background. For example, we added the extra paper texture on top of everything else. Next, continue working with clipping masks when you want the texture to stay within the element. Collect your favorite texture brushes. I even have dedicated folders for those. I collect paper textures or noise brushes. I really loved them. Double-check that you're on the right layer and merge the layers once you are happy. You can also leave them on, but Procreate has limited number of layers, so I personally like to merge them. But if you feel more comfortable leaving them on, then leave them. [LAUGHTER] Now let's go and add some more details using multiply blend mode. Join me in the last practical lesson. 9. Multiply Darker Details: You can also use Multiply to add the darker details. This is one of my most favorite parts of creating an illustration because it means you're nearly done and you're only adding even more interests to your illustration. Multiply really does help when adding extra details within the family of colors from your color palette. Instead of using the color wheel, you can simply use Multiply. What do I mean by extra details? You can add in some extra dots, or strokes, or waves, or even such elements as stars or those magical eyes. You can add some texture to indicate it's a sweater or make a checkered pattern. This is where you can really use your imagination. Just like before, I am not keeping the previous layers with the texture. I'm pinching the clipping mask and the layer underneath together and I get rid of them. Then the same, I create extra layers on top of every color. I changed them to a clipping mask and I make sure I set all of them to Multiply. You will always see the letter M to the right side. My favorite way to go around adding those extra details is to use the same color on Multiply to add all the missing elements. Here are a few examples of those extra details. Especially when I'm drawing a botanical illustration, I always add some veins on the leaves on Multiply. If I'm drawing a building, I can consider adding in the bricks on the walls also on the Multiply mode. I often add darker hair, so an animal fur or a human hair. I create some extra Multiply patterns on textiles, or my favorite, I add in some magical elements like stars. Let's do that. I really like to work with the 6B pencil because I like the texture. Make sure I'm on the green layer, on the clipping mask, and then I started drawing the veins. Remember I preselected the very same green color of the leaf and this way I make sure that the illustration stays within the same family of colors. Multiply definitely helps me to achieve such a look. Everything just sticks to get our color wise. Let's add in those details. Our illustration really stops being flat and looks much more interesting. I'm also working on those small leaves and the base of the flower. I experiment with some extra shapes. They make my illustration look much more unique. I am only working on this one green layer. I really like the pencil look of the 6B pencil, but you can use any other brush that you like. I zoom in and out quite frequently to see if I'm not overdoing it. You can really fall into adding too much detail. But in my case, there's never too much. I just really think that adding more and more looks just more interesting and unique. Now I'm really happy with it. The last step would be to check if I can change anything on the opacity. As a next step, I repeat for each layer separately. Don't forget to set to Multiply, this is the point. Green is done so I'm moving to yellow. This time I will choose dry ink because I just want to make some patches or dots that might look quite interesting on those petals. Dry ink also has a beautiful texture. I think this is a little bit too dramatic, so I lowered the opacity. I also used exactly the same yellow color. The only difference is that it is on Multiply. To keep everything neat and tidy, I try to remember to rename my layers. Then I had to do a clipping mask for the purple color. I select exactly the same purple color and I experiment with some new shapes. You don't have to work on one clipping mask. You can experiment or conduct experiments with shapes on multiple clipping masks. The advantage is when I go to the purple layer and I hit "Plus", it already creates a clipping mask. It's like a sandwich. On the bottom, you have the original layer, and on top, you have another clipping mask that belongs to that layer. On that separate clipping mask, I just want to experiment. I'm using the 6B pencil to create those lines. It makes the flower look a little bit more 3D. I zoom in and zoom out to see if I like it or not. I switched the layer on and off. I make up my mind that no, I don't like it. I'm keeping the moons, but I am clearing that layer. I want to try out something else. Another test is that I'm drawing those stars. Again, they're on a separate clipping mask using Multiply. In case again, if I change my mind, I can just remove it or clear it, and it's very easy this way. Well, I'm not sure about it either. Let's check the opacity. Let's maybe hide it. I think it was better without. I will draw something else to see if I like it more. I am drawing some different shapes on the petals using the dry ink brush. I'm drawing in those dots. I think they might look interesting. I zoom in and zoom out, and again, I'm not entirely sure. Let's reduce the opacity. I didn't like it either. I just swipe to the left and I get rid of that clipping mask. Each of the items on those clipping masks, it can be manipulated. I can use the Move tool to make it bigger or to place it in another location. This one is my favorite. You can try using Multiply blend mode without any clipping mask. Multiply will give you such stunning and surprising color combinations. Let's do the lazy way. We will work on the one layer that will be set to Multiply, which will be on top of all the other layers. It's between our colors folder and it's right underneath the paper texture. Let's click on the letter M to change it to multiply to M, and no clipping mask this time. Now magic will happen. I'm selecting the green from the color palette, and I'm drawing partially on my leaves and partially on the background. This creates a very interesting effect when the colors overlap. Of course, this color also reacts with the background color, but the background is so light that the difference is not so dramatic. See, this is where the colors overlap. Green, we have green, so it's much darker. Let's also draw within the flower. I'm still using the same green. This time it will react with the outer green color and also the yellow of the petals. Now I'm switching to the yellow and I'm drawing on the purple. Everything is still on Multiply blend mode. Now this color is very interesting. Here you see an example, I'm using yellow and you see how it reacts with the purple than the color of the background and the green. So nice. Let's draw a little bit more of that yellow underneath too. I really like this effect. You wouldn't be able to create such an effect without using any blend modes. A little bit of yellow underneath too. Let's draw on the purple elements as well. Now I'm selecting the purple. Notice that I'm staying within my color palette and I create some extra overlaps. Beautiful. Notice that everything stays within one layer that is set to Multiply. If it's a little bit too dramatic, then go to the opacity and reduce the opacity of the layer a little bit. This is the final result. I think I'm done adding my details. I would like to give you some extra details, my final tips for this lesson. Let's also summarize a little bit what we learned. The final touches, in my opinion, make the biggest difference. I recommend that you stick to the same color. You just set it to Multiply. You're using only the colors from your original color palette. It keeps your colors very consistent throughout the illustration. Remember, I test it on separate clipping masks. If there's something you didn't like, you can just remove it much easier. Use the no clipping mask trick. Go outside the lines and see what happens. Play with the colors. Great job. We're done with our illustration and we only use the one blend mode to achieve that effect. Join me in the last lesson where I summarize everything. 10. Final Thoughts: Congratulations on completing this class. One project at a time and you're really building up on those procreate skills. Let's summarize what we learned and how you could use MULTIPLY blend mode moving forward. What did we use MULTIPLY for? Do you remember? We used MULTIPLY to create some shadows, darker texture, and darker extra details in order to add more depth and the variation to our illustration. We turned this flat color design into something with a little bit more detail and texture. Have a look. This is before, and this is after. There's much more detail. I personally love using MULTIPLY. It definitely does help me to draw faster, it allows me to add super-easy details and immediate depth to my illustration, it is very useful when I want to add some interesting color effects, and it allows me to keep a consistent color throughout. Now it's your turn to put everything into practice. Your task is as follows. Draw a flower or any other elements that you like, add depth to it by using MULTIPLY blend mode, then post it into the project gallery. You can either post only the final result, or you can make a collage and you can show us your before and after, which is super interesting. Make sure to follow me here on Skillshare so that you get notified every time I post a new class. This class is just the beginning. There will be more from the Procreate for beginners series. In the meantime, I would be happy if you would check out my other Procreate classes where you can build on your illustration skills. Happy illustrating and see you in the next class.