Posts tagged "Brushes and Painting"

May 5, 2010

Video Tutorial – Painting in Photoshop CS5 (Part 2)

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost covers the Mixer Brush, one of the new painting features in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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May 4, 2010

Changing Brush size

PSCS5 – With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. To decrease/ increase brush hardness, drag up/down. On Windows, Shift + Alt -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

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April 11, 2010

Video Tutorial – Painting in Photoshop CS5 (Part 1)

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows you some of the new painting features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 including the new Natural Media Bristle Tip Brushes.

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April 2, 2010

The History and Art History Brush Tools

Both the History and Art History Brush Tools sample information from the currently targeted state in the History panel (by default, this is the snapshot created when the file is first opened).

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April 1, 2010

The Art History Brush Tool

To maintain more detail when using the Art History Brush, try experimenting with a very small brush. You can also increase/decrease the spacing of the brush (found on the Brushes panel in the Brush Tip Shape area) to produce more interesting effects.

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March 29, 2010

Kuler – an on-line color community

When Photoshop CS4 replaced the static palettes with panels, they became much more robust. For example, selecting Window > Extensions > Kuler displays a new panel focusing on creating groups of pleasing color. Click on the Browse tab to view online swatches and the Create tab to make your own color combinations and save them to your swatches panel (the icon along the bottom right). For more in-depth information about kuler, please visit:

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March 26, 2010

Selecting Colors in the Gradient Editor

Double clicking on a gradient stop in the Gradient Editor will bring up the color picker.

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March 25, 2010

Duplicate Gradient Color Stops

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag on a gradient stop to duplicate it.

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March 5, 2010

Renaming in Panels

If you choose to view your swatches (or styles) as a list, you can double click on the name of the swatch to rename it (this is true for any panel that displays it’s items as lists (Actions, Layer Comps etc.).

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March 4, 2010

Context Sensitive Swatch Options

Instead of navigating the panel menus, Control (Mac)/right mouse (Win) -click in the Swatches panel (over any of the swatches) and choose to Create New Swatch, Rename a Swatch or Delete a Swatch. Note: this shortcut also works with the Styles panel. In addition, clicking in a blank are of the Swatches/Styles panel will create a new swatch/style.

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March 3, 2010

Deleting Swatches

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on a color swatch to delete it in the Swatches panel. Note: this shortcut also works on the Styles panel and in the Preset Manager (Edit > Preset Manager). The advantage to using the Preset Manager is that you can click on one swatch, then Shift-click another to select multiple contiguous swatches (or Styles, Brushes etc.) and delete them all at once. In addition, the Preset Manager enables drag-reordering items which is not possible in the individual panels.

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March 2, 2010

Cycle Through the Color Panel

Shift -click on the Color panel’s color ramp to cycle through the available color modes.

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March 1, 2010

The Color Panel

To change the color sliders on the Color panel, click the panel’s drop down menu and select from Grayscale, RGB, HSB, CMYK, LAB, or Web Color Sliders.

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February 26, 2010

Locking Brush Attributes

On the Brushes panel, there are lock icons to the right of the attributes (such as Shape Dynamics, Scattering etc.). Clicking the lock icon will lock the attributes allowing you to move freely between brush presets while retaining specific attributes.

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February 25, 2010

Painting Dotted Lines

In order to create a “dotted” line instead of a solid paint stroke, display the brushes panel and click on Brush Tip Shape. Drag the Spacing slider to the right until the desired amount of space falls between each stroke. Because this simply changes the tip shape of the brush it can then be used with other painting tools such as the Pencil (great for squares), History, Eraser and Stamp tools, as well as Dodge, Burn and Sponge, and Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools.

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