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Erodible brush tips & airbrushes

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Photoshop CS6 includes a bunch of brush enhancements, including a wealth of new presets that you can load from the Brush Presets panel as well as a few new painting options and two new kinds of brush, Erodible Tip and the Airbrush. And let me show you how those work. I've selected the Brush tool in the toolbox and I also have open the Brush panel over here on the right-hand side of the screen. You can get to that panel by going to the Window menu and choosing the Brush Command. And I'm going to advance to this preset. It's called Erodible Point and it has its size, 25 pixels, listed underneath it.

Erodible brush tips & airbrushes

Photoshop CS6 includes a bunch of brush enhancements, including a wealth of new presets that you can load from the Brush Presets panel as well as a few new painting options and two new kinds of brush, Erodible Tip and the Airbrush. And let me show you how those work. I've selected the Brush tool in the toolbox and I also have open the Brush panel over here on the right-hand side of the screen. You can get to that panel by going to the Window menu and choosing the Brush Command. And I'm going to advance to this preset. It's called Erodible Point and it has its size, 25 pixels, listed underneath it.

Now in addition to the Size and Spacing values, notice that we have control over the shape of our erodible tip. So in this case it's a point, but it could be flat, round and so forth. Also notice that the Softness value is cranked pretty high, 52%, and the higher the Softness value, the more quickly your brush is going to erode away. Now currently I have a nice sharp tip, but we'll see that it rounds off pretty quickly. Now I'm working with a Wacom Intuos Tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus, and I'm going to go ahead and paint a brush stroke here, and you can see I'm painting at a little bit of an angle, but we have a pretty sharp tip going on.

If I start bearing straight down on a tip like this and I press hard as I'm doing right now, then you can see I'm wearing that brush down. And it's pretty interesting. You can try painting at different angles if you have a pressure sensitive stylus as I do, and you can get some pretty interesting tip action. Notice now that I've worn off the side of my tip and I've kind of reinstated little bit of a point as a result. But then I could bear straight down like so and wear that point away. At any point if you decide you want to sharpen your brush, you can click on this Sharpen Tip button, and keep an eye on that brush preview and you'll see what happens. We get an instantly sharp tip just like that.

Now if you find yourself working with Erodible Tips very often, then you may want to assign a keyboard shortcut to the Sharpen Tip button and you can do that by going up to the Edit menu and choosing the Keyboard Shortcuts command and then you would switch Shortcuts For from Application menus to Tools. And go ahead and scroll down the entire list and you'll find right there at the end Sharpen Erodible Tips. Just go ahead and click in there, set whatever keyboard shortcut you'd like, and then click OK. All right, I'm going to Cancel out of here. Just wanted you to know that that's an option. Now let's take a look at the Airbrushes.

I'm going to press Ctrl+Backspace or Command+Delete on the Mac in order to restore my white background and I'm going to switch to this preset, just a 50 pixel Airbrush, but it makes for an interesting demonstration. Notice that I've got my brush angled down into the left and as a result I'm sending the spray to the right, but I could angle my brush in different directions in order to get different results as you see here. All right, I'm going to undo that last brush stroke though, because I want to demonstrate how some of these options work right here. Let's go ahead and crank the Hardness value up, and you'll see that a high hardness setting ends up limiting the range of our spray.

All right, now let's go ahead and take the Hardness value back down to where it was before and I'll go ahead and reduce the Distortion value this time around, so we can get a sense of what that does, and we end up getting this effect here. So again, it's less of the spray effect, but it's also a tighter brush stroke in general. All right, I'll go ahead and click on that preset to reinstate our original high distortion value. Now I'll take the Granularity value down, maybe not be quite that low, to something like 30%. And we end up getting this more uniform and as you can see less granular stroke.

All right, let's go ahead and reinstate the settings. Splatter Size is really cool--check this out. If I increase the Spatter Size value, this one is really cool. You end up getting these big spatters as you can see here. All right, I will once again reinstate things and this time I'll take the Spatter Amount value down and we'll end up getting this lighter brush stroke. So that just gives you a sense of how the various Airbrush options work. There is all kinds of different Airbrush settings that are available to you. All right, I'm going to once again press Ctrl+Backspace, Command+Delete on a Mac, to reinstate that white background and I'll click on that Airbrush Preset to reestablish its settings.

I want to show you color dynamics; there is a new Color Dynamics option inside CS6. So I'll go ahead and turn Color Dynamics on, click on a Foreground Color there at the bottom of the toolbox. Let's go ahead and dial in a bright shade of red, and I'm going to crank all these values, except for Brightness Jitter, to 100%. Now in CS5, here is how things worked. I'll go ahead and turn on this checkbox that says Apply Per Tip and I'll go ahead and paint and you see that what Photoshop is doing is it is changing the color of my brush stroke on a tip by tip basis. So in other words, any brush stroke is actually a combination of tips being laid down, and every one of them has a different color.

Well, that can sometimes be interesting, but you might find it possibly more useful to turn this checkbox off, as it is off by default in CS6, and then notice that each brush stroke is uniform and each brush stroke is different from the last one that you painted. So it's a small option but something to be aware of. I'm going to press Ctrl+Backspace or Command+Delete again in order to delete those strokes. Now I'll turn Color Dynamics off and I want to show you this one. It's called Brush Pose and the whole purpose of Brush Pose is to allow you to achieve stylus like effects like the stuff you see me create, but you do so using a mouse.

So I'm going to press the D key to reinstate the default foreground color of black and I'm going to set this Tilt X value to -70%, and then I'm going to take the Pressure value down to 10% and now check out what I'm able to achieve using a mouse. This is not a stylus this time around, this is me just painting with a mouse. If I did not have these options available to me--I'll go ahead and turn the Brush Pose checkbox off--I would end up getting a brush stroke like that. So for those of you who don't own a drawing tablet or when you're on the road and you just don't happen to have it with you, then you can use Brush Pose to achieve tablet-like effects, and that's how you work with the new brush options inside Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 37s
  2. 2h 27m
    1. The secrets of the dark interface
      3m 55s
    2. Background and Auto-Save
      3m 22s
    3. The altogether revamped Crop tool
      4m 0s
    4. The consolidated Properties panel
      3m 58s
    5. The searchable Layers panel
      5m 2s
    6. Modifying multiple layers at a time
      4m 50s
    7. The wide world of layer enhancements
      6m 48s
    8. Content-Aware Move and Extend
      6m 16s
    9. Content-Aware Patch
      3m 14s
    10. Auto-Power color adjustments
      6m 3s
    11. The brave new world of Camera Raw 7
      6m 16s
    12. The new three-part Blur Gallery
      8m 9s
    13. The Adaptive Wide-Angle filter
      7m 7s
    14. Correcting wide-angle panoramas
      7m 14s
    15. Text enhancements & styles
      4m 48s
    16. Filling & stroking shape layers
      4m 37s
    17. Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes
      4m 17s
    18. Working with the Scripted Patterns
      3m 32s
    19. Erodible brush tips & airbrushes
      5m 44s
    20. The enhanced Liquify filter
      4m 20s
    21. The new Oil Paint filter
      4m 10s
    22. Selecting skin tones and faces
      5m 11s
    23. The new Lighting Effects filter
      6m 29s
    24. Editing videos in the Timeline panel
      10m 16s
    25. Making editable 3D type
      8m 8s
    26. 3D shadows and reflections
      6m 35s
    27. Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
      3m 0s
  3. 50m 34s
    1. Introducing the first Photoshop Creative Cloud update
      1m 36s
    2. Liquify and Blur Gallery support Smart Objects
      8m 42s
    3. Creating conditional actions
      9m 51s
    4. Moving a point with the Pen tool on the fly
      3m 32s
    5. Autonaming merged layers
      4m 42s
    6. Creating global default type styles
      4m 57s
    7. Copying CSS code from specialty layers
      4m 54s
    8. Enhanced 3D lighting with 32-bit bit color
      6m 42s
    9. The new default 3D image-based light
      5m 38s
  4. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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