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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 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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