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I've often been amazed at just how accurately Photoshop is able to simulate the real world when it comes to various adjustments or creative effects we're able to apply. I've been very impressed with recent updates to the Brush tool, for example, and now the new Erodible Brush Tip takes out a step further. Let's take a look at this cool new capability for the Brush tool in Photoshop CS6. I'll choose the Brush tool from the tool box and then I'll click the Brush button on the Options bar to bring up the Brush panel. At the moment, I'm working with a Normal brush, but I'm going to scroll down on the brushes here and I'm going to choose one of my Erodible brushes.
It's essentially a pencil, but it's a pencil that can wear down. I'll go ahead and increase the size of the brush just a little bit, and then I'll just paint a basic stroke on the image. I'll just paint back and forth a little bit here, and I'm effectively drawing with a pencil. Nothing all that impressive to start with, it's just a pencil drawing. But now, the brush tip can actually erode over time. As with a pencil, it can go from sharp to dull and relatively quickly. Of course, not terribly quickly, but I'm going to exaggerate the effect just a little bit.
I'll take the Softness setting up to the maximum value of 100% and then I'll adjust the Brush Size to a larger size so we can see a more dramatic effect. But keep in mind, this is a large brush, but it's an erodible tip. I've sharpened my pencil, so even though I'm using a large brush I'm not going to see a large paint stroke. Instead, I'll see the fine point of the pencil, as I start drawing. However, with time, the point will get more and more dull and so the brush stroke will get larger and larger.
So, as I'm dulling down the pencil, I'm getting more and more Graphite hitting the paper essentially. So that is my Erodible Tip, I can at any time, sharpen that tip, so I'll click the Sharpen Tip button and I'm also going to reduce the spacing here just a little bit so we get a more even brush stroke. I'll Click and Drag downward and you can see once again, I'm getting a brush that is effectively getting larger with time as I'm dulling down that brush tip. Now obviously, this is an exaggerated effect.
Normally, you probably want that Softness set to a bit smaller value. But the point is, that we're able to get a more realistic effect when creating original artwork in Photoshop, thanks to that Erodible Tip shape capability that's now been added for the Brush tool.
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