Posts tagged "Brushes and Painting"

May 23, 2017

20 Brush and Painting Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop CC

Here are twenty of my favorite shortcuts for the Brush and painting tools in Photoshop CC. Although I often use the Brush tool as the example, many of these shortcuts also work for other painting tools such as the Pencil, Mixer Brush, Clone/Pattern Stamp, Eraser, Gradient, Paint Bucket and more.

1) Resizing using the Bracket Keys

  • Tap the left/right bracket decrease/increase brush size.
  • Hold the left/right bracket to continuously decrease/increase brush size.
  • To customize the keys used to increase/decrease brush size and hardness (as many international keyboards do not have brackets), 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.

2) Resizing Using the HUD (Heads-Up Display)

  • On Mac: Control + Option (Mac) –drag left/right in order to decrease/increase brush size and up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness.
  • On Windows: Control + Alt + Right click -drag left/right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.
  • To use the change Brush Opacity (instead of the Brush Hardness), based on the vertical drag movement, select Preferences > Tools and uncheck “Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement”.

3) Custom Cursors

  • To customize the display of the painting cursors, select Preferences > Cursors and select from the following:
    • Standard – to display the small iconic cursors
    • Precise – to display cross hairs
    • Normal Brush Tip – the circle icon size represents pixels to be painted with greater than 50%  effect
    • Full Size Brush Tip – the circle icon size represents all pixels to be painted
    • Check “Show Cross hairs in Brush Tip” – to easily see the center of the brush
    • Check Show Only Crosshair While Painting – to display the cross hairs only while painting

  • To temporarily access Precise Cursors, enable the “caps lock” key.
  • Choose to set additional tools icons (such as the Eyedropper tool) to Standard or Precise.
  • To change the Brush cursor preview color, click in the red swatch under Brush Preview and choose a new color.

4) Opacity and Flow

  • Opacity controls the opaque/transparent quality of the paint (are you using an opaque metallic paint or a transparent varnish?).  Flow 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?).

  • To change the Opacity, tap a numeric key to add the percentage of the tapped 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) decreases the opacity to 0%. Note: If you have a tool selected that doesn’t have an opacity setting in the Option bar, these shortcuts will affect the Opacity option on the Layers panel.
  • Shift + tapping a numeric key changes the Flow value.
  • If the selected brush has the Airbrush attribute enabled, tapping the numeric keys will change the Flow by default and adding the Shift key will change Opacity.

5) The Airbrush Attribute

  • Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) toggles the Airbrush attribute on/off.

  • To customize this shortcut, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and choose “Shortcuts For: Tools”. Scroll down (almost the bottom of the list) and enter a single letter to set a new shortcut to Toggle Brush Airbrush Mode.

5) Changing Blend Mode

  • To quickly cycle through a painting tool’s blend modes, hold the Shift key and tap the “+” (plus) or “-” (minus) to move forward or backwards through the list. Note: If you have a tool selected that does not have Blend Mode options in the Options bar,  these shortcuts will affect the blend mode options on the Layers panel.
  • In addition, each blend mode has a unique keyboard shortcut.  They all begin with Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) then a single letter.

……….Normal + N, Dissolve + I, Behind + Q, Clear + R

……….Darken + K, Multiply + M, Color Burn + B, Linear Burn + A,

……….Lighten + G, Screen + S, Color Dodge + D, Linear Dodge + W,

……….Overlay + O, Soft Light + F, Hard Light + H, Vivid Light + V, Linear Light + J, Pin Light + Z, Hard Mix + L

……….Difference + E, Exclusion + X

……….Hue+ U, Saturation+ T, Color  + C, Luminosity + Y

……….I don’t know of shortcuts for Darker Color, Lighter Color, Subtract, or Divide.

6) The Brush Preset Picker

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

  • Tap ‘<’ or ‘>’ to move to the “previous” or “next” brush in the list in the Brush Presets Panel. Shift + ‘<’ or ‘>’  moves to the first/last brush in the list. To customize this shortcut, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and choose “Shortcuts For: Tools”. Scroll down (almost the bottom of the list) and enter any single character to set a new shortcut to move through the brush presets.

7) Locking Brush Attributes

  • The two most common pressure sensitive brush attributes (Opacity and Size) can be locked on/off using the icons in the Options Bar.   When enabled, the pressure sensitive pen/tablet control the opacity/size. When off, the opacity/size is controlled by the brush preset. To assign a custom keyboard shortcut to turn these options on/off, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and choose “Shortcuts For: Tools”. Scroll down (almost the bottom of the list) and enter any single character to set a new shortcut for either Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Size or Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Opacity.

  • To lock additional brush attributes (allowing you to move freely between brush presets while retaining specific attributes), click to the right of the attribute grouping (Shape Dynamics, Scattering etc.), on the Brush panel.

  • If you have a brush configured, and simply want to change the tip of the brush (while leaving all of the other brush attributes as they are), on the Brush panel, click Brush Tip Shape and select another shape.

8) Color Dynamics

When using Brushes, color can be applied on a per stroke or a per tip basis. In the example below the first three strokes have the Apply Per Tip checked. Because the Hue, Saturation and Brightness settings all have 20% Jitter values, each stoke varies in color. The second three strokes have the Apply Per Tip unchecked resulting in each paint stoke having a solid stroke, the color only changing as each new stroke is painted (not within a single stroke).

 

9) 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 mark. Try changing the roundness and angle for variation. Note: for more structured dotted and dashed lines, try using the Shape or Pen tools with a stroke applied.

10) Painting Straight Lines

To paint a straight line, hold the Shift key while dragging a stroke. Or, click once with a painting tool, then release the mouse, hold the Shift key and click again to draw a straight line between the two points.

11) Sampling Color While Painting

Holding the Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) samples a color with the eyedropper while using the painting tools.

12) Creating Fluid, Precise Paint Strokes that Simulate Pressure Sensitivity

  • To create fluid, precise stroke of paint, first create a path using the pen tool. Then, make sure that the painting tool that you want to use is set up with the correct options (such as brush size and opacity etc.). Finally, from the Paths panel fly-out, menu, select Stroke path and select the desired tool. This technique works with several painting tools and can be extremely helpful for example, when using the Dodge tool to add a highlight along the edge of an object.
  • To simulate pressure sensitivity when stroking a path, select the path in the paths panel, choose Stroke Path from the fly-out menu, and check Simulate Pressure. Note, it is important to set up your brush (or whatever tool you want to use), as well as it’s attributes BEFORE you stroke the path.

In this illustration, the first path was stroked with a brush with the Simulate Pressure option unchecked. The second and third paths both had the Simulate Pressure option checked; the middle illustration demonstrating the brushes Opacity (under Transfer on the Brush Panel) set to Pen Pressure, the right illustration demonstrating Opacity and Size (under Shape Dynamics on the Brush Panel) set to Pen Pressure.

13) Creating and Saving a Custom Brush

  • To define a Custom brush, use one of Photoshop’s selection tools to select the desired area.  Then, choose Edit > Define Brush Preset and give it a name. Note: brush presets are gray-scale and use the selected foreground color to paint.
  • The custom brush appears in the Brush Presets panel and can be easily modified (if desired) using the Brush panel (select the brush tip and then modifying any additional attributes).
  • Click the New Brush Preset icon on the Preset panel to save the custom brush with it’s attributes. To save the Brush preset and options set in the Options bar (blend mode, opacity etc.), as well as the foreground color, click the New Tool Preset icon on the Tool Preset panel.

After defining a custom brush, I changed the Shape Dynamics and Scattering options in the Brush panel and saved the (now modified) brush using the Brush Preset panel. Then, to save the Brush and include it’s custom options (the blend mode set to Multiply, the Opacity 50%, and white as the foreground color), I saved it as a Tool Preset.

14) Viewing the Active Brush

Photoshop CC’s has the ability to display the seven most recently used Brushes as well as indicate if the currently used preset has been modified. This video shows you how.

15) Bristle Brush Previews

When using the Natural Media Bristle Tips, clicking in the Bristle Brush Preview will toggle between three different views. Shift-clicking in the preview will toggle a color rendering of the brush. (If you are having a difficult time distinguishing between the different views try selecting a Flat Fan tip shape.) If the Bristle Brush Preview is not visible, click the left most icon on the Brush or Brush Presets panel (a natural media tip must be selected in order for the Bristle brush preview icon to be enabled).

16) The Mixer Brush

  • There are five really useful customizable keyboard shortcuts specifically designed for the Mixer Brush. Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and using  the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll the to the bottom and enter custom keyboard shortcut to enable the option(s):
    • Load Mixer Brush
    • Clean Mixer Brush
    • Toggle Mixer Brush Auto-Load
    • Toggle Mixer Brush Auto-Clean 
    • Toggle Mixer Brush Sample All Layers

……….Note: there is also an option to assign a keyboard shortcut to Sharpen Erodible tips.

  • Changing Mixer Brush options using the keyboard
    • When using the Mixer Brush tapping a numeric keys change the “Wet” value. 
    • Shift + tapping a numeric key changes the “Flow” value.  
    • Option + Shift  (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) + number changes the “Mix” values.
    • Typing 00 (zero, zero) in quick succession quickly sets the “Wet” and “Mix” values for the Mixer Brush to zero – resulting in a dry brush.

17) Fading Paint Strokes

Immediately after painting a stroke, select Edit > Fade Brush Tool to change the opacity and/or change the blend mode of the paint stroke. Note: This shortcut also works for a variety of additional commands including image adjustments, strokes, fills and filters.

18) The Eraser Tool

  • The Eraser tool has a special “Block” mode which gives you a eraser in the shape of a square. What’s unique is that when you zoom in and out on the image and use the tool, it erases a certain portion of the screen – regardless of the zoom level.

  • Holding the Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) with the Eraser tool will erase with history. Note: when Photoshop opens a document, it takes (by default) a snapshot of the document that appears at the top of the History panel – this is the “history” that the Eraser paints with. To change the “History” state (that the Eraser uses to paint from), click in any empty well to the left of the desired state in the History panel. Both states (the one chosen to “erase” with and the one that’s being “erased” upon) must have corresponding layers and be in the same color mode.

19) The Paint Bucket Tool

  • The Paint Bucket can fill with the Foreground color or a Pattern. With the Paint Bucket selected, choose which fill content 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.
  • To fill a transparent area of an image with the foreground color, set the Paint Bucket’s blend mode to Behind and click on the transparent area. To erase areas of an image (based on the color clicked upon), set the Paint Bucket’s blend mode to Clear and click in the desired color.

20) The Gradient Tool

  • When using the Gradient tool, check “Dither” on in the Options bar to minimize banding over long gradients.

  • 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.
  • ‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) goes to previous or next  gradient swatch in the Gradient Preset Picker.  Shift + ‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period)  goes to first or last gradient swatch in the Gradient Preset Picker.
  • Double clicking on a gradient stop in the Gradient Editor will bring up the color picker. Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) on a gradient stop to duplicate it.

And links to some additional videos:

The Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CC  – In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to apply a painterly look to an image using the completely re-coded Oil Paint filter.

The Secret to Photoshop’s Art History Brush – In this video, Julieanne demonstrates the power of the Art History brush and its ability to continuously sample from any history state or snapshot.

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July 12, 2016

New Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Available for Brush Options in Photoshop CC

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.


 
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.).

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

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  • 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

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.


 
‘<’ 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

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.


 
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!

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.


 
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

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.


 
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?

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 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

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.


 
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

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 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

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.


 
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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