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Getting more efficient with brushes

From: Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

Video: Getting more efficient with brushes

Because brushes have been improved significantly in Photoshop CS5, I thought it would be fun just to share with you a few brush tips which will help you to get to begin to use these even more effectively. For starters, we know that the B key is a shortcut key to select our Brush tool. Now once we have this Brush tool, we can go ahead and make a brushstroke. Now if we determine that this brushstroke is too small, all that we need to do to change this is to Ctrl+Click or right- click, and that will open up the Brush dialog. Here I can go ahead and increase the overall brush Size and for certain brushes, I can also affect the overall Hardness as well.

Getting more efficient with brushes

Because brushes have been improved significantly in Photoshop CS5, I thought it would be fun just to share with you a few brush tips which will help you to get to begin to use these even more effectively. For starters, we know that the B key is a shortcut key to select our Brush tool. Now once we have this Brush tool, we can go ahead and make a brushstroke. Now if we determine that this brushstroke is too small, all that we need to do to change this is to Ctrl+Click or right- click, and that will open up the Brush dialog. Here I can go ahead and increase the overall brush Size and for certain brushes, I can also affect the overall Hardness as well.

Now once I've entered this dialog, I simply need to click off of this in another area other than the document. So, now in this case, I can go ahead and do a new brushstroke. Well let's say that what we want to do is open up that whole Brush panel where we have so many different controls. The only thing that we need to do to open that up is to press the F5 key, and that's definitely a shortcut key that recommend you write down. All right. We're once here, one of the things that we can do with our brushes is we can control them in some pretty interesting ways. For example, we can customize their shape.

We have a number of different options, depending upon the brush. Let's go ahead and make another brushstroke. Now once I've done that, let's say I decided to close my Brushes panel, I can do so by pressing the F5 key. Here, I really want to make my brush bigger. Well, in order to do that, you can hold down a great shortcut. On a Mac, it's Control+Option. On a PC, that's Ctrl+Alt. Then you can click and drag to the left and the right to change your brush Size, or you can drag up or down to change your overall brush Hardness, or for that matter, your brush Softness. All right.

Well, those are just a few extra brush bonus tips. I hope this help you out as you begin to learn more about how you can take advantage of these new brushes inside of Photoshop CS5.

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Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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