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Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library

From: Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

Video: Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library

Texture is a great way to add a traditional look to your brushstrokes. The Texture option is located in the Brush panel. These options allow you to select from among many different pattern options. You can also adjust the character of each pattern that is selected. It's a great addition to any Mixer brush for adding that analog look. Let's go take a look. I am opening up the Brush panel, and we will notice that in the subpanel area here, we have the option of Texture. So I am going to select that, and the first thing we will notice, at the top, is there is a texture installed, but it's not very traditional-looking.

Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library

Texture is a great way to add a traditional look to your brushstrokes. The Texture option is located in the Brush panel. These options allow you to select from among many different pattern options. You can also adjust the character of each pattern that is selected. It's a great addition to any Mixer brush for adding that analog look. Let's go take a look. I am opening up the Brush panel, and we will notice that in the subpanel area here, we have the option of Texture. So I am going to select that, and the first thing we will notice, at the top, is there is a texture installed, but it's not very traditional-looking.

This is part of the pattern library that shows up in Photoshop, and we are going to go ahead and change that. If we open up this flyout menu, you'll see that there are a number of installed textures, or pattern libraries, that we can choose from. And I am going to select the Artist Surfaces. This is another default library that comes with Photoshop, and it's got a bunch of really good-looking canvas textures built into it. You have the option here. You can either append a library or replace it.

If you append a library, it will take whatever the contents of this new library, and say there're 20 new textures in there, and it will add it to this library, which may have something like 20 textures in it. So if you say Append, you're going to end up with 40 textures. It gets a little bit hard to navigate, especially when they're two different types of libraries. So I recommend replacing your library under normal circumstances. You can always retrieve the earlier library, as it's part of the list. So Patterns, which was in there, I could easily swap out the current Artist Surfaces for Patterns.

But it's just a way you can combine libraries, but I find it much easier to keep them isolated to the type of library you are working with. Straight out of the box, these textures tend to look a little static to my eye. In the next few movies, I am going to show you how to make some adjustments, so that you can get strokes that really look great onscreen.

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Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

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  1. 2m 29s
    1. Introduction
      1m 26s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 3s
  2. 9m 10s
    1. Understanding the axes of motion
      2m 51s
    2. Assigning TouchRing functions
      6m 19s
  3. 22m 18s
    1. Monitoring brush orientation with the 3D Brush preview
      4m 55s
    2. Choosing the right brush shape
      3m 32s
    3. Using bristle tips
      2m 7s
    4. Adjusting bristle length
      2m 18s
    5. Changing the thickness of the bristles
      2m 1s
    6. Adjusting brush stiffness
      2m 35s
    7. Understanding options for angle adjustment
      2m 15s
    8. Changing bristle spacing
      2m 35s
  4. 26m 1s
    1. Using the Preset Brush Behavior menu
      2m 32s
    2. Color wells: Reservoir and pickup
      2m 11s
    3. Using the Wet, Load, Mix, and Flow controls to adjust color behavior
      5m 39s
    4. Loading and cleaning the Mixer Brush: Manual or automatic
      4m 54s
    5. Sampling color from all layers
      4m 31s
    6. Using the Transfer panel to adjust paint dynamics
      6m 14s
  5. 17m 8s
    1. Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library
      2m 1s
    2. Simulating canvas texture
      4m 15s
    3. Setting texture scale
      2m 33s
    4. Locking textures
      2m 44s
    5. Adding 3D appearance to strokes
      5m 35s
  6. 14m 13s
    1. Understanding tool presets and brush presets
      3m 15s
    2. Saving tool presets
      6m 55s
    3. Organizing the Tool Presets panel
      4m 3s
  7. 22m 23s
    1. Quickly loading and cleaning the Mixer Brush with keyboard shortcuts
      7m 3s
    2. Loading the brush with multiple colors from an image
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Color Picker Heads-Up Display
      5m 55s
    4. Using additional color selection options
      4m 32s
  8. 11m 45s
    1. Creating an underpaint layer to remove photographic detail
      5m 8s
    2. Restoring detail
      6m 37s
  9. 21m 8s
    1. Creating a color mixing layer
      7m 39s
    2. Loading brushes to enhance visual interest
      5m 17s
    3. Adding detail to a painting
      8m 12s
  10. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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