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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
In this movie we're going to look at using custom brushes and also making your own custom brushes and, this is actually really cool. So I'm going to make a brand new layer here. And if we go into the brush presets panel we'll see a bigger preview of each of these brush presets that ship with PhotoShop. But it's important to know that this is only one library of brush presets that come with Photoshop. And even though there are tons of options here, this is just one library so if I go to this fly out menu scroll down to the bottom here you'll see that these are other libraries that come with Photoshop.
So I can choose I don't know M brushes and I'll just go ahead and click OK it says replace current brushes with the brushes from M brushes. I could append the M brushes to my current library so I have all the brushes in my current library and the m brushes or I could replace them. So I'm going to go ahead, and replace them by clicking OK here. And look at this, these are insane. So click here, and let's get a more vibrant color here. I'll just get something pink so it'll really stand out here. Click once, click once.
What is that, like a dinosaur pattern or something? Look at that. So some really unusual shapes here. I'm just going to hit Cmd + A or CTRL + A on the PC to select all and hit Delete. I go back to my Brush Presets, oops, that's this one down here. By the way, if the Brush Presets panel is not showing, you can go to the Window menu and choose Brush presets and, there's this weird tire track pattern. That's kind of interesting and these weird little curlicues, little swirls, could be a really cool decorative border here.
One of the things that you can do with the paint tools, is if I click once, and then hold the Shift key down over here and then click once again, it draws a straight line. And so you keep coming over here and clicking, and holding the Shift key in creating these straight lines which with some brushes like this, creates a very cool effect. Now, I'm just going to start over again here, I'm going to drag this layer to the trash can and make another new blank layer. And I'm going to go back to my Brush presets and go back to this little fly out menu up here in the upper right-hand corner.
I'm just going to choose Reset brushes, let's just get back to square one. And click OK, reset with the default brushes, let's go and pick the top brush here, it's the most boring normal brush, actually this is second from the top, and then I want to go over to the Brush panel. And that's this icon right here, again you can go to the Window menu to show it if you're not seeing the Brush panel. It's not the Brush presets, it's the Brush panel a separate one. But here's where we get to manipulate all the properties, of a brush, which is very cool.
For example, when I click and draw with this paint stroke, or this paint brush, this is what the stroke looks like. And what I can do, because spacing is turned on, I can increase this amount so we space these little dots out more, and so I can create kind of like a Vegas little marque here. A little follow-the-trail-like action, just going to go ahead and hit Cmd + Z or CTRL + Z to undo that. I'm going to leave these spaced out with spacing checked and hardness up all the way and spacing increased, so we see a lot of these little dots here. Now let's go to shape dynamics.
We can go to size jitter and jitter is Adobe's word for randomness so if I increase the jitter, watch my preview here what's happening to my little dots. And so now if I paint with these we're getting all this cool randomization and the size of our dots, I'm just going to undo that here. Let's go to scattering. We can increase the scattering and now look what happens. Kinda spreads out all over the place. We could also increase the count two or three.
So now when we just click a little bit we get a big bouquet of all this craziness. This would be really great for creating stars, or creating confetti, and actually if you wanted to create confetti, I hit Cmd + Z or CTRL + Z to undo that, we'll go down to Color Dynamics. And I'm going to click on the word color dynamics. This is kind of like layer styles, I click on the word to see its properties here, then I also have a check box to turn it on and off. But what I'm going to do is change the foreground, background jitter, and bump that up a little bit. Now I don't have a graphic pen installed or turned on right now so I'm going to change the control to fade, or just off is fine for right now. And I want to get a different background color so I'll click my background color swatch and pick something, like blue, like that. And so what foreground background jitter does, is it controls the amount of blending, between the foreground and background colors. So if I paint with this, you can see that I'm now painting with the foreground and the background color.
Photoshop is kind of randomly going back and forth between those two colors with beautiful results. And were going to go ahead and undo that with Cmd + or CTRL + Z. I could also increase the huge jitter which basically is third shot permission to randomize the of the color tones. And now when I paint with this, it's all the colors of the rainbow. And I could adjust or jitterize, I guessLAUGH, I don't know if that's a word. But we can add randomness to the saturation, the brightness, and so forth and, again, this way create some really cool confetti.
I'm just going to actually undo that, take the hue back down, and I'm actually going to go back up to scattering, and take the count down, something like one here. And I'm going to close this and I'm going to just make a little, a little circle, here. And what's really cool is that once you have randomness like this, then you can do a lot with it, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to right-click on my layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. This is one example, and I actually have no idea what I'm about to do, so it might turn out to be garbage, but this is what I'm doing when I'm kind of playing around and experimenting.
I oftentimes start with a brushstroke like this just to get some randomization in color and shape and sizes, things like that, and play with it and see where I, I feel like going. So now it's a smart object, we're going to apply a filter. So I'm going to go Filter > Blur, I'm going to choose Radial Blur. And with Radial Blur, it does some cool tricks, it spins things around, to create this kind of circular motion, like it's been spinning around. It also can zoom the pixels, so it looks like they're going through space. I always want to set the quality to Best.
It takes a little bit longer but, it's totally worth it, draft and good look terrible. So I'm going to choose Spin, and it looks like my center point's off a little bit, it's a little lower, so I can click in this little window, this is a little old, it's not the highest quality preview center area here, so you kind of have to guesstimate where this center is going to be. But we'll try like, right there and then I'll increase the amount quite a bit. Click OK, see what happens. Ooh, that's quite interesting.
What I might want to do is actually go back and apply that again, except a little bit more subtly. So I don't want to undo what I've done, I just want to apply it again, just a little bit less. That's kind of cool let's do that again. Go to filter and I can actually choose regular blur right here. If I'm going to use the exact same settings as I used before then I could just go right here because it shows you the last used filter and if I click that again it will just use those same settings here. Actually I could change them if I wanted to, but I'm just going to leave those as is.
And then I'll change my blending options on this top radio blur. I'm just going to click this little icon here. And lets go ahead and change the mode to I don't know, Linear dodge. That looks kind of cool. And lets try to do the same thing on the one right below that. Double-click that and we'll change this to Linear dodge as well, click OK. Now we see the result of both, that's pretty awesome! So what we could do now is close up this layer by clicking this little arrow here, it's just to save space, that's all this does.
But I'm going to drag this layer to the new layer icon down at the bottom of the Layers panel and now we have two of those layers. We can choose the Move tool and offset this a little bit and then change the Blend mode from its normal drop down to Linear doge. And I'm just going to keep playing around like this. Actually I'll just duplicate another one of these. And we can just kind of keep making these cool little swirls. Actually I'll fade the opacity of that one a little bit, so it's kind of like in the background a little bit, do that with this layer too.
And all this started with just a little paint stroke, just a little paint stroke and we were able to take that little simple paint stroke and make this beautiful, multicolored confetti out of it, that was the basis for this new design. So, remember that brushes are not just these simple things. They can get very complex and powerful and be a great spark to ignite your imagination for new designs.
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