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Smooth gradients on a large format - what nozzle size?

Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Franc Kaiser, Jul 9, 2018.


  1. Franc Kaiser

    Franc Kaiser Mac-Valve Maestro! Very Likeable!

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    Quick question, guys...

    What airbrush nozzle size (0.XX mm) would you recommend for achieving smooth gradient effects on a large painting (say, 1 x 1 meters), i.e. for an out-of-focus background which does not have any distinctive features but just a blur of very smoothly blended colors? For example something like this:

    PGradient-Background-For-Desktop.jpg

    I tried to do it with my 0.2mm Sparmax but didn't even get close to achieve it. Do I need to go for a 0.5mm? Or even a different caliber or spray gun?

    Thanks for your short inputs in advance...
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  2. Robbyrockett2

    Robbyrockett2 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    It can be done with what you have, just hold it back 12-18in and control its opacity and fade by how many times you make a quick sweep over the spot/line.
    Though I would be likely to use this guy for that purpose.
    Sprays a little more so wouldnt take as long and the quick change feature is really handy for doing all that color changing
    airbrush.JPG
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  3. markjthomson

    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Larger nozzle is good and a touch up gun would be useful as well but with patience you can do it with the small ones.
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