Posts tagged "Brushes and Painting"

July 12, 2016

New Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Available for Brush Options in Photoshop CC

Keyboard Shortcuts  can now be assigned to quickly toggle airbrush and pressure sensitivity controls for qualifying painting tools (such as the Brush, Clone Stamp, History etc.).


To assign your custom keyboard shortcut, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and Shortcuts For: Tools.


  • Use Toggle Brush Airbrush Mode to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Airbrush attribute.
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Opacity to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Pressure controls (when off, the brush pressure is controlled by the Brush preset).
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Size to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Size controls (when off, the brush size is controlled by the preset).


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October 23, 2015

Moving from Brush to Brush in Photoshop

‘<’ or ‘>’ moves to the “previous” or “next” brush in the list on the Brushes Panel. Shift + ‘<’ or ‘>’  goes to the first or last brush in list. (At first glance these shortcuts may appear to be making the brush larger and smaller, but that would be because you’re moving from a smaller to larger brush (or vice-versa) in the Brushes panel).

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October 22, 2015

Drawing Straight Lines in Photoshop

Holding the Shift key will constrain the painting tools to a straight line. In addition, To have a painting tool connect (draw a line) between two points, click once to start a line then, hold down the Shift key and click again to set the end point.

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October 21, 2015

Brushes on Photoshop – Anytime, Anywhere!

With a painting tool selected, control -click(Mac) | right -click(Win) anywhere in the image area to access the Brushes Preset Picker.

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February 17, 2015

The Airbrush Attribute in Photoshop

Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) toggles the airbrush attribute on and off. When the airbrush attribute is in use, tapping a numeric key will set the Flow amount. If the airbrush attribute is not applied, then the opacity is affected. Use the Shift key to target the other field.

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September 23, 2014

52/55 – Color and Brush Panel Enhancements in Photoshop CC

Check out the newly redesigned Color panel in Photoshop CC including the Hue and Brightness cube displays as well as Photoshop CC’s ability to display the seven most recently used Brushes as well as indicate if the currently used preset has been modified.


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June 18, 2014

Adobe Announces Largest Software Release Since CS6

Today Adobe announced all new versions of 14 CC desktop applications, 4 new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, and new offerings for Enterprise, education and photography customers.

Of course this includes new features, enhancements and updates to both Photoshop and Lightroom for design and photography including the new Spin and Path Blurs in Blur Gallery, new typographic controls including Font Search and Typekit integration, enhancements to Smart Objects, Smart Guides, and Layer Comps, improved Content-Aware technologies, new selection capabilities using Focus Mask, as well as hidden gems and workflow timesavers.

Check out the latest advancements in Photoshop CC in the videos below:

Photoshop CC (2014): New features and enhancements (3 minute overview)

How to Add Realistic Spinning Motion Blur Effects in Photoshop CC

Adding Motion Blur Effects Along a Path in Photoshop CC

New Typographic Features in Photoshop CC

How to Align and Distribute Layers using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

How to Use Layer Comps for Multi State Mock-ups in Photoshop CC

New Smart Object Features in Photoshop CC

How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

How to Use Focus Mask to Make Selections based on Focus in Photoshop CC

More Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC

In addition, Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 the Radial and Graduated Filters have a new Brush option designed to selectively hide the filter in unwanted areas. This example demonstrates how useful it can be. 

Plus, Camera Raw 8.5 has new Per-Panel Preview toggle button.

And of course the Camera Raw team included additional bug fixes, new camera and lens profile support.

Click here for more information about Adobe’s Announcement 
Click here for more the Creative Cloud FAQ
Click here for more information about Lightroom mobile for iPhone

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them on the Photoshop forums!

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June 11, 2014

What is the Difference Between Opacity and Flow in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, the Opacity setting controls the opacity of the paint – are you painting with an opaque metallic paint or a transparent varnish. The Flow setting controls the speed at which paint is laid down – are you pressing the nozzle of the can of spray paint just a little or all the way down?

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October 22, 2012

Changing the Brush Size in Liquify

Control + Option-drag (Mac), Right click + Alt-drag (Win) resizes your brush in Liquify. Depending on the size of the change needed, this shortcut might be much faster than using the left and right brackets

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October 2, 2012

On Screen Color Picker in Photoshop CS6

In Photoshop CS5, Adobe introduced the HUD Color Picker to make the selection of a color even easier. (To access the HUD Color Picker with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click anywhere in the image area and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color.) In Photoshop CS6, the HUD Color Picker (both the Hue Strip and Hue Wheel) have an additional choice for size – small medium and large which can be set via Preferences > General.

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September 13, 2012

Recording Tools in Actions in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 allows for the recording of tools such as the brush tool . This allows you to create artwork while recording an action and then play it back at a later time, perhaps at a higher resolution. To invoke this feature, from the Actions panel flyout, select “Allow Tool Recording”.

Two helpful hints from Mike Shaw:

• When recording be sure to chose your brush as part of the action or Photoshop will use the currently selected brush.

• If you are recording the action to play back at a different size, set the units of measurement in Photoshop to percentage and don’t define the brush size as part of a brush preset.

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August 31, 2012

Color Dynamics in Photoshop CS6

When using the Brushes in Photoshop CS6, color can now be applied on a per tip stroke basis – to scatter color and size per stroke (not within a single stroke). The three brush strokes on the top were made with the Color Dynamics “Apply Per Tip” option unchecked, the three strokes on the bottom were made with the “Apply Per Tip” option checked.

This feature is especially useful when creating multiple strokes that need to vary slightly in Hue, Saturation and/or Brightness.
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August 20, 2012

Quick Tip – The Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne demonstrates the new Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6 to quickly create a painterly image which can stand it’s own or be used as an under painting for more elaborate artwork.

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July 19, 2012

Changing the Brush Opacity in Photoshop CS6

As I mentioned in yesterday’s shortcut, you can vary the Brush Size and Hardness with the following shortcuts:

• With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. Control + Option (Mac) – drag up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness.

• On Windows, Control + Alt +   Right Mouse -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

If however, you would prefer to change the Brush Opacity (instead of the Brush Hardness), based on the vertical drag movement, select Preferences > General and uncheck “Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement”. By disabling this preference, Photoshop enables a change in Opacity when dragging up/down.

Of course you can also use the number keys on the keyboard to change the opacity of a painting tool. Tapping one number assigns the percentage of the hit number (1 = 10%, 2= 20% etc. and 0 = 100%). Tapping two numbers quickly will give you that exact amount (5 + 4 = 54%). Tapping 00 (zero-zero) in Photoshop CS6 will decrease the opacity to 0. Note: If you have a tool selected that is not a painting tool, these shortcuts will affect the Opacity on the Layers panel.

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July 18, 2012

Changing the Brush Size and Hardness in Photoshop CS6

With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. Control + Option (Mac) – drag up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness.

On Windows,  Alt +  Right Mouse -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

I prefer these shortcuts – even though they are a bit more complex than tapping the left or right bracket keys, as many international keyboards do not have brackets. Of course you can always customize the keys used to increase/decrease brush size and Hardness under Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts – choose “Shortcuts For : Tools”, scroll down (almost the bottom of the list) and enter any single character to set a new shortcut for Decreasing/Increasing Brush Size.

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