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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
The artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brush strokes are often influenced by the Texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist brushes come with a set of six canvas textures, and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Now, I'm going to just start off and just paint a few strokes with the brush without any texture, so you can see, you know, it's a nice brush. I like it. And I happen to be using the Flat Fan brush right now, the opaque, to do this.
Now, let's go to the Brushes panel and you'll see right here, one of the options we have is Texture. And I'm going to enable Texture. I'm also going to take a look at this sub-panel, and there are six textures associated with this particular brush. Right now, I actually have the textures that are associated with the dry media brushes, but if we go into the fly-out menu here, you'll see that you have some different textures, like we are using the Erodible Textures right now.
What I want right now are the Artist Brushes Canvas textures. So, I'm going to click on those and we'll just go ahead and replace them. And here now are a set of textures that work with, in this case, the artist brushes. So, I'm going to select this #10 heavy, that just happens to be a favorite of mine. And let's paint with it now. Now, see how there's a texture being included into the brush. So, not only is it applying color in the striations of this particular brush, but it also is incorporating the texture.
So now, we've got a whole other level of modeling and approximating a traditional brushstroke by including texture as part of that stroke, and you can see what a huge difference it makes in the character of that stroke. So, being able to use texture is really an important additional component to how artist brushes work. One thing that's really important to note is that you've got this lock. By locking it, that means that no matter which brush I select, it's going to use the exact same settings that we have in here.
For example, I might want to decrease the scale by a bit, so let's take it down to say, 25%. And maybe that's too fine for the way that I particularly want it to look, so I'll just take it up a bit. There's kind of a nice intermediate level of granularity of that particular texture. Another thing we can do is we can play with the depth setting. If I turn this down, and it's nice to have this little preview down here, you get an idea of what's going to happen. If I want to just kind of brush along the very top of the texture and not be able to work all the way down, see, I'm pressing as hard as I can, I'm not working all the way down into that texture.
I can do that with the Depth slider. You can also use the Minimum Depth slider. By turning this down or up, you're adjusting what is the minimum depth in this landscape of this texture that I'm addressing? One way you can think of all of these textures, it's almost like a little mini mountain range. And depending on how I have this set, as I do right now, let's just use a different color. It's almost like I'm only skipping along the very tops of the mountain range and just adding color up on the top of the mountain.
Whereas, as I start to increase depth, I can work more and more down into the valleys as well. So now, with this particular setting, I can either, with a very light touch, just kind of get the tops of the grain, or with a heavy pressure, I can go all the way down into the valleys as well. So, utilizing pressure and adjusting the Depth slider, you can really get into utilizing pressure then to change the character of the stroke. So right here, I'm doing light strokes, but now I increase pressure, I'm getting much more solid strokes.
So, the Depth slider is very important in the way this works. But you want to keep this texture locked because as you go from brush to brush, you want to have the exact same placement of that texture for every brush. And that's key to being able to simulate the look of a traditional brush. So, make sure that you lock this texture and just keep it locked. That way, you'll always get the exact same texture appearance in all of your brushstrokes. So, to wrap this up, the appearance of the canvas weave is integral to the vocabulary of paint.
You may choose to keep it subtle or pump it up to be a very major visual component of your expressive style. Either way, the Artist Brushes Canvas Textures are there to enrich your paintings.
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