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Photoshop CS6 now includes a new type of Brush Tip for the Brush tool, and that is an Airbrush Tip. Now there's long been an Airbrush feature for Photoshop with the Brush tool, but now we have considerable control over the behavior within the Brush Tip shape. I'll go ahead and choose the Brush tool from the toolbox, and then I'll click the Brush panel button on the Options bar in order to bring up the Brush panel. I can scroll through the various Brush options to find one of the Airbrush options.
And you'll see that we have various different Airbrush options to choose from and each of them will produce a different effect. I'll start off with a very basic Airbrush here. I'll go ahead and just paint an initial Brush Stroke across the image and you see that we get a very simple painted line. That's because of the settings, of course, I can adjust the hardness of the brush, so that'll give me a little bit softer edge around the edges of the brush strokes. I can also adjust Distortion which will alter the shape of the stroke edge. I'll go ahead and paint, and you'll see that we get a little more ripple effect on the edge of the brush in this case. I can adjust granularity, which determines the effectively the over spray for the image.
I'll zoom in a little more so that we can see that Edge effect there. Then we can also adjust the Spatter size so that we can get a different edge effect. You'll see a fine grain versus loose grain, for example, along that edge, and I can adjust the Spatter amount. How much spatter do I want? I can keep it relatively modest or make it very, very strong. And of course, I can switch between the various Brush Tip shapes to change those Preset amounts or save my own brush as I see fit. Notice it, like with other brushes we still have the Spacing option and so here, I have a brush with a very low spacing option.
I can also spread that out to a very high spacing option, or turn off spacing altogether if I want a tighter construction. In this case, of course, I'm using a very unique brush shape for my airbrush tip, but with the other options, we can see a similar result. So here, we have a Brush Stroke with the spacing set very, very low. And then I can increase spacing a little bit and draw a similar shape and you'll see that now we have a bit more spacing between the individual bursts of paint as it were. Now, I've obviously made quite a mess of my brick wall here with my Airbrush tool. But that gives you a good sense of the various options that are available for this brand new brush tip shape in Photoshop CS6.
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