Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

Changing brush characteristics and making paths


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Video: Changing brush characteristics and making paths

Here we're going to focus in on a helpful new feature which allows us to change our brush characteristics on the fly. Now this particular technique, it works with many different tools, yet first let's start off with working with the Brush tool. Go ahead and click on the Brush tool in your Tools panel. The next thing I want you to do is to navigate to your options bar. You can click on this icon here. You can change your brush size, also your brush hardness or softness--move it to the left in order to have a softer-edged brush. All right, once you've defined those characteristics, go ahead and open up a blank document, as I've done here, and just paint a little bit.
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
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    1. Goodbye
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3h 33m Intermediate Apr 23, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012

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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.

Topics include:
  • Getting familiar with the new interface
  • Exploring improvements to Bridge and Mini Bridge
  • Recovering highlights and improving exposure with Camera Raw
  • Making precise raw adjustments with the Point Tone Curve
  • Grouping, filtering, and finding layers
  • Correcting distortion with Adaptive Wide Angle controls
  • Working with the new Content-Aware tools
  • Making better selections
  • Performing perspective cropping
  • Getting started with video in Photoshop
  • Making picture-perfect prints with the Print dialog
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Author:
Chris Orwig

Changing brush characteristics and making paths

Here we're going to focus in on a helpful new feature which allows us to change our brush characteristics on the fly. Now this particular technique, it works with many different tools, yet first let's start off with working with the Brush tool. Go ahead and click on the Brush tool in your Tools panel. The next thing I want you to do is to navigate to your options bar. You can click on this icon here. You can change your brush size, also your brush hardness or softness--move it to the left in order to have a softer-edged brush. All right, once you've defined those characteristics, go ahead and open up a blank document, as I've done here, and just paint a little bit.

In this case, I'm going to make a really simple smiley face. All right. Well, let's say that I want to change some of these brush characteristics. Perhaps I don't want as soft of an edge, or maybe you want a bigger brush size. Well, you can change those characteristics on the fly, and you can do so by using a helpful shortcut and then clicking and dragging either vertically or horizontally. Let me share with you the shortcut. Well, on a Mac, if you hold down Ctrl and Option and then click and drag, on Windows if you press the Alt key and then right-click and drag, you can access this option.

Well, go ahead and press that shortcut and then click and drag to the left or the right. Here you can see I can change my overall brush size. Click and drag up and down. You can see I can change the hardness of this brush. In this way I can really quickly define my brush size, and then I can go ahead and make an adjustment, say, to what I'm working on. Well, in this case I'm obviously just making a silly drawing here, but you can also use these shortcuts with other tools, say, like the Clone Stamp tool. Again, hover over your document, press that shortcut--it's Ctrl+Option on a Mac, that's Alt+Right Drag on Windows--and then click and drag up and down, you can change your brush edge. Or left and right, you can change your brush size.

In this particular technique it works with almost all of these tools here in this area of our Tools panel. You can also change how this works. Let's say that rather than controlling your brush edge and also the size, you can flip this around a little bit, and you can do this by navigating to your Preference dialog. Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do this. If you go to Photoshop and then Preferences and then click on General, in the General preferences area, you can go about three quarters of the way down.

There's an option which is turned on by default, and it's this option here: Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement. In other words, when you move up and down vertically, well, you're going to change the hardness or the softness of the brush. If you turn this option off, rather than modifying hardness or softness, this will now allow you to modify the opacity of the tool. Well, here let's go ahead and click OK and go back to our document. Press that shortcut or use those shortcut keys-- Ctrl+Option on Mac, Alt+Right Drag on Windows-- and then click Up and Down.

Here you can see rather than changing the edge of the brush, it's changing the overall opacity. So in this way I can quickly change the opacity. Well, if you want to use this tool in this way, again, turn that preference off. If you prefer to have the up and down vertical movement change the hardness or the softness of the edge, well, all that you need to do is to go back to your Preferences--and here we'll do that and just turn this option on, and it will then change that back to that default setting. Well, either way you want to choose the preference which will work for you, and you want to write down the shortcut, because it's a really helpful one, and this will really help you out, whether you're cloning or healing or racing or burning and dodging or just painting an adjustment into your image.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/11/12. What changed?
A: We added an additional chapter, "Creative Cloud Updates December 2012," to cover the new features rolled out with the Creative Cloud subscription model for Photoshop, including the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters' new impact on still images, and the abilities to blur video, change image size and resolution with the Crop tool, and use conditional actions to add watermarks to your images.
 
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