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Understanding options for angle adjustment

From: Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

Video: Understanding options for angle adjustment

The Angle control is most useful for someone that is painting with a mouse. This is something I would definitely not recommend for use with bristle tips, but if you have to use a mouse, you can use the Angle slider to get a specific visual appearance on your strokes. Let's take a look. Now I'm painting with a mouse now, and you'll see I have no control over the angle. It's all one angle. This is where the Angle control can be used to set what the single angle of the mouse will be on this particular brush.

Understanding options for angle adjustment

The Angle control is most useful for someone that is painting with a mouse. This is something I would definitely not recommend for use with bristle tips, but if you have to use a mouse, you can use the Angle slider to get a specific visual appearance on your strokes. Let's take a look. Now I'm painting with a mouse now, and you'll see I have no control over the angle. It's all one angle. This is where the Angle control can be used to set what the single angle of the mouse will be on this particular brush.

So just by changing this, you can get a simulated angle, but you can't change the angle. That's the big 'gotcha' about working with a mouse. But one thing you can do, and we'll temporally go over here. If we go to Shape Dynamics, you'll see that the Angle Jitter is off. That's because the Art Pen, when it's present, is automatically recognized by Photoshop, and there is nothing you have to do to tell it to control angle. It just knows what to do. However, for a non-barrel rotating device, like a mouse, we can use initial direction.

What will happen here is it will always take the wide aspect, or the starting angle of the brush. So, for example, if we now go back to our Brush Tip Shape and set this to 0, now my brush stroke will always start with a wide aspect. So no matter what angle I draw at, I will get a wide aspect. And then there will be some expressive character expressed within the stroke as it changes angle. But this is one way to give something as dumb as a mouse, which basically has no way of giving information about bearing or angle, a little bit of intelligence.

It looks like it's doing the right thing, but you're never going to get the kind of expression now that I have switched to my Art Pen. You are just not going to get all of those various characteristics that we can get when we've got a much more sophisticated device like the Art Pen. So you probably won't be spending much time using the Angle slider, and that's because, hopefully, you're using a tablet and stylus.

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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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