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Join John Derry, a pioneer in the field of digital painting, as he shows how to master the natural-media painting features introduced in Photoshop CS5 in Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush. This course shows how to use the Mixer Brush, the Bristle Tips feature, and a new mechanism for blending colors in Photoshop to add beautiful, painterly effects to photographs, enhance artwork with paint-like strokes and illustrations, and paint entirely new art from scratch. This course also covers customizing brush characteristics and surface textures, applying keyboard shortcuts to paint smoothly and efficiently, and using a Wacom tablet to get the most out of Photoshop CS5’s painting features. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you are painting with the Mixer brush in conjunction with textures, you're normally not going to want the texture to change from brush to brush. You want to maintain a consistent painting surface, which means that the texture itself should not change. There is a control within the Texture panel that allows this to not happen. I am going to show this to you in conjunction with Tool presets, which is where this really is important.
We haven't covered Tool presets yet. We will elsewhere in the title, but I feel it's important to note it here so that you understand the importance of the Texture Lock. So I am going to be using a couple Mixer brush Tool presets to explain exactly why this is an important feature. So you'll see that beside each of these subpanels you have the opportunity to lock this subpanel. I am going to leave it unlocked for the moment. Let's go over, and here are the two sample Tool presets that I've created from the Mixer brush.
I'll just paint with one. You'll see that this has a specific almost kind of wood-grain-like texture in it, and another thing about it is that it's using the Height mode. Let's go, and now use the second Mixer brush preset. You'll see this one has a completely different texture. If we go look in the Brush panel, not only is it a different texture, but it's a different mode altogether. So there are some very different things about these two brushes, and were I using these in a single painting, it would be incongruent to have this intermixture of texture going on.
So what I can do is initialize the Texture Lock. Now that that's on, whatever the current settings are will not change based on various Tool presets that I'm using. So let's go back now, and let's remember that this brush is working with a finer grain texture. If I go over to my Tool presets now and get the other brush, now we're getting the same exact textural behavior within the brush that we did in the first one. So the lesson to be learned here is that the Texture Lock is a way to ensure that all your Tool preset Mixer brushes will maintain the same textures throughout a painting.
I normally keep this on all the time. However, for creative purposes, if you want to be able to paint with different textures within a single painting - and there are times where that may be desirable - you do have the creative capability of disabling this Texture Lock. But the Texture Lock is your key to maintaining a specific texture throughout an entire painting project.
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