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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.
In this exercise we're going to go ahead and save off our custom brush settings and it's a really good idea. If you spend any time making a custom brush and you end up using it to create a piece of stunning artwork like this one here, which by the way is called Terrified robot.psd found inside the 31 _bristle_brush folder, then you really should go ahead and save your brush because it's so easy to forget how in the world you created a brush in the first place as I know from copious experience with not necessarily saving all my brushes in the past.
So here's what you do. Go to the Brush Presets panel, or the Brush panel, either one is going to work for you, and then drop down to the panel and you'll see that little page icon. So it's there at the bottom of the Brush panel. It's also here at the bottom of the Presets panel. Go ahead and click on it and then let's go ahead and call this guy Robo-brush or whatever name you want to give it. We are going to go ahead and capture the brush size in the preset. That's going to be both of the size values, both for the parent brush preset and for the dual brush preset as well.
So I'll click OK in order to generate that new brush. So that's pretty easy. That's all it is to it. Next though I want to show you how to work with the various bristle brushes. Because we went ahead and replaced all the previous brushes with this M brush collection just to cut down our clutter, we don't have any bristle brushes. If you check out the list, there's not a single bristle brush to be had. So what we have to do is go to the Brush Presets flyout menu and choose Reset Brushes in order to restore our original brushes and then we get this alert message saying do we want to replace the current brushes with the default brushes or do we want to Append them.
Again, I don't want a lot of brushes that I'm not going to be using here. So I'm just going to say OK, let's go ahead and replace them. Then I'll get this worrisome message here that says, what about those changes you made? Now what it's really trying to tell you in its own little way is that you made a custom Robo-brush. You're about to totally throw it away if you click the No button, if you don't go ahead and save your changes. If you click Yes, then you'll save all of your brushes, these M brushes along with your custom brush into a new collection.
If you just want to save your custom brush and maybe a few others that you've created along the way then click Cancel and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to cancel out for a moment and I'm going to visit the Preset Manager, and you may recall from previous chapters that Preset Manager allows you to save off your custom gradients your custom contours, your custom patterns, everything. All those little custom doodads that you can make inside a Photoshop. So there is one for brushes as well. You can go to the Edit menu and choose the Preset Manager if you want to.
That's one way to work, and brushes will come up first because it's the first preset type alphabetically. Or I'll go ahead and close out here. Another thing you can do is drop down here to the bottom again of either the Brush panel or the Brush Preset panel and click on open Preset Manager and that's going to open the Preset Manager specifically for the brushes. This guy right there is Robo-brush. He's the last one we created. So I'm going to go ahead and save him off. So just click that one or if you have some others that you're very fond of.
For example, this guy right there is frosted glass. I'll Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click on it to select it and next door do that is crosshatch, why I couldn't live without that one after talking about it so much. So I'll Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click on it, and of course the advantage of Ctrl+Clicking or Cmd+Clicking is we are selecting brushes that are nonadjacent to each other. Finally, I'm going to Ctrl+Click or Cmd+Click in the very first one right here crosshatch gesture, upon which the Robo-brush is based. Then click on the Same Set button and I'm going to navigate my way to the 31_bristle_brushes folder and I'm going to call this file Random first collection, because that's what it is and I'll click the Save button and I have now saved that set off.
In case I want to bring it back later. Now I'll click Done and then I'll go over to the Brush Presets panel click on the flyout menu, choose Reset Brushes in order to reset to the default brushes that ship along with Photoshop. I'll click OK in order to replace these brushes with the new ones and now I have access to those first six brushes, the ones that are alternately soft and hard and also pressure sensitive in different ways. After that, after those first six we have our bristle brushes.
Now if you want to go ahead and add back in those brushes that we just got done saving, why then click on that Preset Manager icon, click on the Load button here inside the Preset Manager dialog box, find that Random first collection.abr file that's there inside your 31_bristle_brushes folder. I did save it for you, so you can load it on up if you're a Premium Member. Click Load and then click Done and we now have access, if you scroll to the bottom of that list you'll see that we now have access to those very same brushes.
So we've got crosshatch gesture, we've got the standard crosshatch, we've got frosted glass, and then finally we have our brush, Robo-brush, so that we don't end up losing it. By the way, you can swap those brushes with other folks if you want to. You can copy them to other systems and so on. They are cross-platform between the Mac and the PC. In the next exercise we will take our first look at the new bristle brushes. Ten different varieties available to us here inside Photoshop CS5.
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