Posts tagged "Brushes and Painting"

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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
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

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
‘,’ (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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February 18, 2010

Gradient Tool Shortcuts

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
The Gradient tool has multiple styles to choose from (Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected and Diamond). ‘[‘ or ‘]’ will move you quickly from one to the next gradient style.

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February 17, 2010

Adding a Dither to a Gradient

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
When using the Gradient tool, be sure to check “Dither” on in the Options bar if you want to minimize banding over long gradients.

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February 16, 2010

Patterns in the Paint Bucket

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The Paint Bucket can fill with not only the Foreground color but also a Pattern. With the Paint Bucket selected, simply choose which option you prefer in the Options bar. Note: the Fill command (Edit > Fill) also has the pattern option, but the Paint Bucket may be faster than using a dialog box.

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February 15, 2010

Special Modes for the Paint Bucket

Update! Click here (20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC) to see twenty of my favorite tips related to brushes and painting in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
The Paint Bucket has two additional blend modes. Use the Behind blend mode to click on and fill transparent areas of an image, and the Clear blend mode to click and erase areas of an image(based on the color clicked on).

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January 22, 2010

Deleting Brushes, Swatches etc.

Update! Click here (Tips for Working with Color in Photoshop CC) to see all tips for working with color in Photoshop CC in a single post.


 
Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on any brush or swatch in a Panel that you want to delete. (The icon swaps to a pair of scissors) . Of couse you can also delete items using the Preset Manager.

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January 21, 2010

The Preset Manager

To reorder the brushes in the Brushes panel, select Edit > Presets Manager. Select Brushes for Preset Type, then drag and drop the brush icons into the correct order. Note: this shortcut also works with any of the preset lists in the Preset Manager

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January 20, 2010

Smudging Pixels

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag with the Smudge too, to smudge with the foreground color (instead of the colors in the image).

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January 19, 2010

Protect Tones

The Dodge and Burn tools have been improved in Photoshop CS4, allowing better control in the shadows and highlights as well as the addition of the Protect Tones features (accessible via the Options Bar). Protect Tones maintains more detail when lightening and darkening regions in images.

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