- Understanding Foreground and Background Colors
- Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels
- Modifying the Brush Presets Panel
- Selecting Brush Tip Sets
- Adjusting Brush Tips
- Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips
- Creating Customized Brush Tips
- Saving Customized Brush Tips
- Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
- Working with the Mixed Brush Tool
- Working with the Pencil Tool
- Working with Auto Erase
- Working with the Line Tool
- Using the Standard Shape Tool
- Working with the Custom Shape Tool
- Creating a Custom Shape
- Saving Custom Shape Sets
- Using the Paint Bucket Tool
- Working with the Eraser Tools
- Working with the Magic Eraser Tool
- Creating and Applying Gradients
- Creating and Saving Customized Gradients
- Using the Color Replacement Tool
Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
Photoshop’s Brush and Airbrush tools were designed to reproduce the visual effect of applying paint to a canvas. You have full control over the brush tip, color, size, opacity, and even the brush’s blending mode. Control over the image is achieved by using additional layers to hold the brush strokes—but remember, adding additional layers increases the file size of a Photoshop document. Since layers have their own individual options, such as opacity, fill, and blending modes, you achieve even greater control over the final design by giving brush strokes their own layers. Once the brush stroke is to your liking, you can always merge the brush-stroke layer into the image to conserve file size.
Work with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
- Select the Brush tool on the toolbox.
- Select a brush tip on the Options bar or from the Brush panel.
- Specify Paint Engine options for the brush from the Brush panel.
- Select from the following Brush options on the Options bar:
Mode. Click the list arrow to choose from the available blending modes. The blending modes controls how the active brush color blends with the colors in the active image.
Opacity. Enter an opacity percent (1% to 100%), or click the list arrow, and then drag the slider left or right.
Flow. Enter a flow percentage (1% to 100%), or click the list arrow, and then drag the slider left or right. When you apply the brush, Flow controls the amount of ink supplied to the brush.
Airbrush. Click the button to change the Brush into an Airbrush.
- Drag within the image to paint.