Hi Everyone! Hope your Saturday is going great! I'm here today to share more information about the Brush Tool in Photoshop.... but before I do...
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About the Brush Tool and the Options
First, you need to start a new document, layout or an existing project. You will select the Tool Brush from the tools toolbar. This is what the Brush Tool is, and what other tools are available.
The Options Palette on the top looks like the picture below... and is pretty easy to use. You can change the size of the brush, as well as play with the hardness of the brush that you will use. When you change the number of pixels of a brush, you are changing the Hardness. A higher number on the Hardness slider will make the edges on your brush more defined. A lower number on the Hardness slider will make the edges on your brush less defined.
On the Options palette you can choose the Mode that you want the brush to have, the actual stroke. The Opacity percentage will change the opacity of the brush stroke. Lowering the percentage will make the brush stroke more transparent, while raising the percentage will make it less transparent.
There is also a button for Flow. This allows you to select how much paint will come out of the brush when applied to your document. The higher the flow, the more paint, as well as the lower the flow, the less paint used when you click your mouse.
There is also an Airbrush feature available. This allows paint to come out of the brush the whole time you are moving your mouse.
- Brush Tip Shape -- determines the main shape of the brush.
- Shape Dynamics -- allows you to modify the shape of the brush.
- Scattering -- this option determines how closely the brush marks are to the stroke. This can add a nice randomness to your stroke.
- Texture -- Adding a texture to your brush can really show some depth. Photoshop allows you to apply any of your Texture presets to your brush.
- Dual Brush -- Combining two different brushes using the Dual Brush option can really create some fantastic effects - unavailable if you were only using one brush.
- Color Dynamics -- this option allows for modification of the color of the stroke. Playing with this will allow you to create some interesting color variations.
- Noise -- Creates random noise within your brush shape.
- Wet Edges -- If you keep the edges of your brush at the highest opacity, and lowering the inside of your brush's opacity will create a similar look to watercolor, hence the Wet Edges.
- Airbrush -- works with Flow, that is on the Menu bar above.
- Smoothing -- Smoothes the curves of the stroke.
- Protect Texture -- This can allow you to make sure the same texture is used for every brush with a texture.
- B -- Brush Tool
- Shift + B -- Rotate through Brush tools (i.e. Brush, Pencil, etc)
- F5 -- Show or hide Brushes palette
- [ -- Decrease brush diameter
- ] -- Increase brush diameter
- Shift + [ -- Decrease brush hardness by 25%
- Shift + ] -- Increase brush hardness by 25%
- , -- Previous brush
- . -- Next brush
- Option (hold) -- Temporarily switch to Eyedropper tool
- Shift + Option (hold) -- Temporarily switch to Color Sampler tool
- Command (hold) -- Temporarily switch to Move tool
- Command + Option (hold) -- Duplicate and Drag layer
- Space (hold) -- Temporarily switch to Hand tool
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