Creating an even tone is a demanding task with the airbrush, particularly
when air painting in transparent color. An even tone is less difficult to
accomplish with an opaque medium. Practice rendering even tones on cheap
Even tones have no modulation in color or visual texture. It is a solid
blanket of color. Even tones applied gradually by successive layers appear to
have more depth than heavily applied pigment.
To airbrush even tones:
Prepare a simple paper mask.
Using masking tape, tape the mask to the paper surface allowing
the tape to overlap onto the paper by 1/8 inch.
Press tape down firmly to avoid paint seepage.
Air paint across the top of the paper from left to right, allowing the
spray to overlap the top of the tape.
Direct the return stroke from right to left and proceed down the
paper until the last stroke overlaps the tape. All strokes should
Keep the first coverage light, increasing darkness with successive
Allow both the paper and the mask to dry before carefully
removing the mask.
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