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Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels

Photoshop’s Brushes Panel in CS4 has been split into two panels (New!)—Brush and Brush Presets—in CS5. The Brush panel allows you to create and select individual brushes, while the Brush Presets panel allows you to select and use predefined or custom brush tip sets or individual brushes. In the Brush panel, the current painting engine configuration, with options such as Shape Dynamics, Scattering, Texture, Dual Brush, and Color Dynamics, gives you control over brushes in ways that once were only available in programs like Adobe Illustrator.

To use the Brush or Brush Presets panel, you first need to select a brush tool, or a tool that requires the use of a brush, such as the Eraser tool, chosen from the toolbox, and then display the Brush or Brush Presets panel. You can click the Window menu, and then choose Brush or Brush Presets to display the panel. You can also click Brush Panel button (New!) on the Control panel (with a brush tool selected) or Brush Presets panel, or click the Brush Presets button on the Brush panel. The brush engine has been improved for quicker response, especially with a graphics tablet.

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