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Cleaning and loading a brush

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Cleaning and loading a brush

In this exercise, I am going to explain how to work with the Clean and Load Brush options and you'll also see how to load and paint with multiple colors at a time. I've restored the saved version of Color stripes.psd. Notice this menu right here contains a variety of presets which modify the Wet, Load, and Mix values. So I'd like you to go ahead and choose Wet, which will change the Wet value to 50%, Load to 50%, and Mix to 50%. I don't really care if Load is set to 50%. In fact, I want it to be 100%. So I'll Shift+scrub right over the word Load in order to change that value to 100 as we're seeing there.

Cleaning and loading a brush

In this exercise, I am going to explain how to work with the Clean and Load Brush options and you'll also see how to load and paint with multiple colors at a time. I've restored the saved version of Color stripes.psd. Notice this menu right here contains a variety of presets which modify the Wet, Load, and Mix values. So I'd like you to go ahead and choose Wet, which will change the Wet value to 50%, Load to 50%, and Mix to 50%. I don't really care if Load is set to 50%. In fact, I want it to be 100%. So I'll Shift+scrub right over the word Load in order to change that value to 100 as we're seeing there.

Now notice these icons right there, we've got one that's called Clean brush after each stroke. So in another words, you paint with red at the beginning and then you end up picking up all this other color. And you clean the brush and make it red again before you apply the next brushstroke and by default, that's the way it's set up. You also have this other one that's asking you if you want to load the brush with color or if you'd rather paint directly from the colors inside the image. By default, they are both turned on, but if you end up turning either these icons off, you do have the option here of cleaning the brush or loading the brush manually.

So here is what I am going to start off doing. I am going to turn off Clean brush after each stroke. So you can see what happens there. So the first brushstroke is going to be loaded with a little bit of red here and let's say, I stopped someplace in the yellow region. Now notice, this little item right there that indicates the colors that I am painting with. It's showing me the new color of my brush which is round against the old brush color background which is red. So now if I begin painting, I am going to begin painting with this yellowish sort of orange color and then if I release on blue, why now I've introduced blue into that reservoir.

If I start painting here, I've got a little blue on my brush and so on. So I keep picking up these colors and smearing them into each other. Now, if I were really painting with traditional tools on a wet canvas then that's what would happen. I'd keep picking up more and more colors, I'd smear the colors into each other, I'd make a ginormous mess of the colors on my paintbrush. That's actually not necessarily desirable. So under most situations, you go ahead and clean your brush every single time. That's a big advantage to working with digital media, is that kind of thing can happen.

But you can also clean the brush manually. If you like working this way for whatever reason in a specific piece of artwork, and then you decide, I really need to clean things up. Then you choose Clean Brush and watch this little Reservoir icon. It'll change from having this sort of bluish yellow world inside of it. As soon as I choose Clean Brush, it's going to have no color whatsoever. Then what I would do, I could dial in a different foreground color here and notice, that'll go ahead and load that color into the Reservoir. All right so that's one option available to you, I am going go ahead and Turn On the Clean Brush icon and this time, I'm going to turn off Load Brush after each stroke.

This option is great. If you're trying to paint just from the colors inside of an image or photograph then this is the way to work. It's almost like a finger-painting tool. I am going to press the F12 key in order to revert the image, just to clean up those brush strokes. Now, if I paint from yellow, I will smear from yellow, and if I paint from the blue stripe, I will smear the blue stripe, and if paint from the green stripe, I'll smear it to, and same with the violet stripe there. Either direction as well, I can smear those other colors into them. I could smear blue into yellow; I could smear green into blue; I could smear violet if I had any left into the other colors.

This ends up being a terrific function as we will see later. Now, at any point of time, if you want to bring red back into the picture, you choose Load Brush and you've got red loaded, and you can begin to paint with it a little bit too. But it soon gets wiped out because of our 50/50 Mix and because of the amount of Wetness that we're applying. Notice it disappears because we're not loading that color on a regular basis. All right, one more thing I want to show you. I'll go and press the F12 key once again in order to revert the image.

I am going to turn the Load Brush icon back on and I am going to turn Clean Brush off for just a moment, so that you can appreciate what might happen here if we were to paint kind of up into this region. Notice now that I've lifted a kind of cleft of colors right there. That is the last brush full of color that I have picked up here is a combination of weak red mixed with some blue and some yellow, right as we're seeing it there inside the Image window. So if I start painting over in this region, notice that we're painting with that same pattern that we last left off with.

Well, you can also lift patterns like that from the Image by Alt+clicking or Option+clicking on the Mac. So, we're basically taking advantage of that Eyedropper trick when otherwise using the Brush tool. So, let me show you how that works. I am going to turn back on the Clean Brush option and again, press the F12 key just to clean things up. Now, let's say that I want to lift a region of color. If you want to lift an entire region then you just press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and notice you don't see the Eyedropper; you see this Target cursor instead.

I'm going to Alt+click, or on the Mac Option+click, right about there and notice, there are those exact same colors lifted here inside of that reservoir. Now, if I paint inside of the Image window then I end up painting with that combination of colors right there. It's a little bit light once again because of our combination of 50/50 Wet and Mix options, but that is something you can do. Another thing that you can do in case you don't want to lift a bunch of colors at the same time, if you just want to lift a single color, why then click on this down pointing arrowhead and say you want to load solid colors only.

Then if I press the Alt key or Option key on the Mac, notice that we end up getting the Eyedropper indicating that we're lifting a single color nothing more. If I click and hold, we get that familiar ring showing the former foreground color in the bottom and the new foreground color at the top. So I've now successfully lifted violet as the foreground color with which I'm going to smear colors inside of that image. So that's how all of the Mixer options work up there in the Options bar. In the next exercise, we are going to take this wealth of information and apply it to the task of shading an image.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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