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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
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Introducing the Mixer Brush


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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Introducing the Mixer Brush

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the Mixer Brush which is a new tool inside of Photoshop CS5. Now, don't worry we'll come back to Bristle brush as now the we've learned so much about them before we are done with this chapter. In fact, our final project will be to combine the Mixer Brush, which is a tool, along with the Bristle brushes, which as you know our custom brush settings in order to transform a photograph into a painting. It's a very exciting project. But in the meantime, I need to show you how the Mixer Brush works. So, go ahead and open Color stripes.psd it's found inside the 31_bristle_brushes folder.
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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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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
20h 1m Advanced Sep 30, 2010

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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.

Topics include:
  • Using masks and blend modes in radically new ways
  • Mastering the Pen tool and Paths panel
  • Transforming and maximizing Smart Objects
  • Employing Smart Filters to create complex effects
  • Exploring the capabilities of Bristle brushes and the Mixer Brush
  • Merging multiple images into seamless panoramas
  • Exploring the full range of luminance with HDR Pro
  • Recording actions and batching-processing images
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Introducing the Mixer Brush

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the Mixer Brush which is a new tool inside of Photoshop CS5. Now, don't worry we'll come back to Bristle brush as now the we've learned so much about them before we are done with this chapter. In fact, our final project will be to combine the Mixer Brush, which is a tool, along with the Bristle brushes, which as you know our custom brush settings in order to transform a photograph into a painting. It's a very exciting project. But in the meantime, I need to show you how the Mixer Brush works. So, go ahead and open Color stripes.psd it's found inside the 31_bristle_brushes folder.

Then click and hold on the brush tool icon here in the toolbox and choose the Mixer Brush tool. Now, you may notice, those of you who loaded dekeKeys, that I've got the B key cycling between the Brush tool and the Pencil tool. Frankly, that's probably not the way you want things to work. You probably want the B key to cycle between the Brush tool and the Mixer Brush. If that's sounds attractive to you let me show you what to do here. Go up to the Edit menu and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts command or you can mash your fist and press the K key, and then switch your Shortcuts to tools.

So, by default it's going to be Application menus. I want you to go ahead and choose tools. Then scroll your way down until you come to the various Brush tools, Brush, Pencil, Color Replacement and Mixer Brush. Click on the Pencil tool shortcut to make it active then press the Backspace key, then click in the shortcut column next to the Mixer Brush tool and press the B key. You don't have to press Shift+B, by the way, B by itself is fine. And then click on the Accept button. Now, I'd like you to update whatever shortcuts you are working on now. A while back, I went ahead and saved out a new shortcuts file that's based on dekeKeys that's I have been calling One-on-One.

Whatever yours is called go ahead and update it by clicking on this first of the two floppy disk icons and then click OK. Now, if you bring up this flyout menu once again. You'll see that B switches you between the Brush tool and the Mixer Brush tool. All right, with the Mixer Brush active, I want you to go ahead and right-click inside the Image window and scroll to the top of the brushes list right there. You'll see that list of six round brushes in a row. I want you to select the final one which is Hard Round Pressure Opacity.

In other words, if you're using a pressure sensitive stylus, it's going to affect the opacity of the stroke as opposed to its size. So, go ahead and select that guy. The Hardness value will immediately be a 100%. That's not going to produce the best looking results but it will produce the most illustrative results. You'll be able to see what in the world's going on with this brush. I am also going to increase the Size of the brush to something like 175 px let's say and then press the Enter key a couple of times in order to hide that panel.

Now, with any luck you're seeing the Default settings which are Wet set to 80, Loads set to 75, Mix set to 90 and Flow set to a 100%. I would like you to go ahead and turn Sample All Layers on. What that means is we are working on an independent layer called paint here inside the Layers panel. So, make sure that top layer is selected. We are going to be able to sample from all the other layers below it and above if they existed, and paint the new information onto an independent layer which is the best way to work under most circumstances.

Now, I am going to dial in a color of bright red. So, the Hue value is already at 0 degrees so I'll change the Saturation value to 100 and Brightness to 100 as well. We are now ready to go ahead and give the Mixer Brush a try. I am just going to paint from one side of the image over to the other in order to smear all the other colors inside the composition. Now, basically what's happening is this. The Mixer Brush goes ahead and loads the cursor with the foreground color by default.

But you can also load it with the sampled area from your image that might contain multiple colors at a time and that's what Adobe calls the Reservoir. So, this color is supposedly the reservoir from which you're drawing color and then mixing it into the image. I don't really care to think of it as a reservoir because I am not sure that we need to make up a new word for it but it's just a color that we are painting in. And we are painting that color into the extent determined by this Wet value there combined with Load and Mix.

So, for example, the Wet value is determining how wet the canvas is, that is how wet the other colors inside of your image are. If you have a high Wet value then you are going to be drawing a lot of the colors from the larger composition as opposed to that foreground color. If you reduce the Wet value - and the easiest way to do this by the way, one of the little bugs here on a PC anyway, is if I enter let's say 7, notice that my insertion marker, my blinking insertion marker there, moves automatically before the 7.

So, if I try to enter 70 then I end up changing that value to 07 instead. So, you're better off working one of two ways if you want to modify this value. Either, click on this arrowhead and then just go ahead and modify the slider or of course, you can scrub the value as well. You can scrub Wet if you want to, or notice this. If you press the key on the keyboard when the Mixer Brush is active then it's going to affect the Wet value. So, 0 makes the Wet value of 100%, 1 makes it 10%, 01 makes it 1% and so on.

I'm going to go ahead and crank that guy down to 0%. Now, notice if I go ahead and paint yet another brush stroke all we are seeing is foreground color because the canvas is no longer wet. The image itself is dry and so I am drawing color exclusively from the foreground color and nothing more. Now, one other value I want you to understand at this point is the Flow value because it's very easy to demonstrate when the Wet value is set to 0%. The Flow value is how the dollops of paint interact with each other.

Recall that from our earlier discussions of brushes back in the fundamentals portion of the series. So, it's not strictly speaking opacity although it ends up looking a lot like opacity. But let's say I take this value down to 20%. So, normally it's 100%, I'll take it down to 20% and then I'll paint with this low Wetness value. Notice that we are seeing the various brushes overlap and interact with each other. If I take that value down even lower, let's say I take it down to 10% and try that again.

Then we end up with something that looks like a fairly translucent brushstroke. But what's really happening is each one of these dollops, each one of these circles is interacting with the one preceding it at an opacity value of 10%. So, when you're working with a hard brush like this you can really see that interaction, when you're working with a soft brush everything tends to blend together into one translucent brushstroke. Generally, speaking you are going to leave this guy set to 100% but I just want you to have a sense of how it works.

All right, so there's a couple of values that are available to us Wet and Flow. Also, notice that when I set the Wet value down to 0% Mix disappears, Mix becomes dimmed because you have to have a little bit of wetness, little bit of interaction for the Mix value to have any meaning. I'll explain both how Wet and Mix interact with each other, as well as how you use the Load option, in the next exercise.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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