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Working with the Mixed Brush Tool

With the Mixed Brush tool (New!), you can define multiple colors on a single brush tip, and then mix and blend them together with the underlying hues on your canvas. With a photo, you can use a dry, empty brush to blend the existing colors while at the same time adding a painting effect to the image. Mixer Brush options on the Control panel allow you to control the wetness of the brush, the load rate to add paint to the brush, the mixing rate between the brush and canvas color, and whether the brush is refilled, cleaned, or both after each painting stroke.

Work with the Mixed Brush Tool

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Mixed Brush tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Select a brush tip on the Options bar or from the Brush panel.
  • blue-circle3.jpg Select a mixing color.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Click the Current Brush Load list arrow, and then select Load Brush, Clean Brush, or Load Solid Colors Only.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Click the Load the Brush After Each Stroke or Clear the Brush After Each Stroke button.
  • blue-circle6.jpg Click the Blending Combinations list arrow, and then select a preset.
  • blue-circle7.jpg Specify a percentage (1% to 100%), or click the list arrow, and then drag the slider for any of the following Mixed Brush options on the Options bar:
    • Wet. Controls the wetness of the brush.

    • Load. Controls the load rate to add paint to the brush.

    • Mix. Controls the mix rate between the brush and canvas color.

    • Flow. Controls the amount of ink supplied to the brush.

  • blue-circle8.jpg Drag within the image to paint.
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