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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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