Posts tagged "Brushes and Painting"

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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February 23, 2010

Custom Brush Tip Shapes

On the Brushes panel, it’s fairly evident that clicking the line items such as Shape Dynamics or Scattering displays their corresponding options. However, because Brush Tip Shape doesn’t have a similar check box (because it’s always on and wouldn’t make sense to turn it off), it sometimes goes undiscovered which is a shame because it controls the Shape (roundness and angle) of the brush as well as spacing. Give it a test drive.

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Changing Only the Brush Tip

If you have a brush configured (for example maybe you have the Shape Dynamics Size Jitter set to Pen Pressure and the Scattering set to Both Axis), and you simply want to change the tip of the brush but non of the other settings, on the Brushes panel, click Brush Tip Shape and select another shape. Notice how the other settings don’t change.

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February 22, 2010

The Airbrush Attribute

When a painting tool is selected that supports the Airbrush attribute, you can certainly enable it by clicking the icon in the Options bar, or by checking the Airbrush option in the Brushes panel but it’s probably easiest to use the the keyboard shortcut Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + Shift + P. Note: using the shortcut again will toggle the Airbrush attribute off.

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February 19, 2010

Gradient Swatches

‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) goes to previous or next gradient swatch in the gradient picker
”,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) + Shift goes to first or last gradient swatch in list

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