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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.
The Scale slider is another great tool for controlling and adjusting the appearance of texture within your strokes. Let's take a look. I am going to start off by just drawing a little bit with what we have currently. And one of the things that I don't like about the look of this stroke is that's a very large stroke for looking like a canvas. It is canvas, and at the appropriate scale of image, this may look right. But right now, it just looks too large to my eye. So I can use the Scale slider to turn this down.
So I can start to use this to get down to a level of scale that seems appropriate for showing this onscreen. Even now, it's still a little high, so we are going to go ahead and turn this down. And now what starts to happen here is that it's getting so small, there's not much separation. So you need to find that sweet spot. That gets there. That's starting to look very good. The other thing we can do here is we can control how we are addressing the depth of the texture through the Depth control.
Now Depth Jitter no effect with the Mixer brush and Texture, so you don't want to play with this. But what is important, right here in the control, is the Pen Pressure. Now I can use pressure, and now I am pressing very lightly. Let me go ahead and use Command+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace to clean off my image to the background color. Now I'm doing very light, but as I press down, you can see now I'm getting full penetration of the texture. And that, right there, gives me a very good way to modulate texture within my stroke.
So now just how I paint, I am not even really thinking so much about pressure. I am able to get a lot of variety in the stroke. So the use of pressure to control the depth to which your brush addresses the pattern that's installed, gives you a really nice variety that you wouldn't get otherwise. Texture adds an important visual appearance to brushstrokes. Using the Scale slider enables accurate texture depiction at various output resolutions. One thing I want you to be aware of though, is that, like earlier, we mentioned the use of Sample All Layers, using texture can impose a bit of a performance tax on your painting.
You may find that when it's on, things slow down a little. So just be aware of the fact that texture is great, but depending on your own system's performance, you may find that things slow down a little bit when Texture is enabled.
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