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Using the Preset Brush Behavior menu

From: Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush

Video: Using the Preset Brush Behavior menu

There are some more or less universal brush behaviors that are instantly available via the Mixer Brush Property bar's Preset Brush Behavior dropdown menu. This menu provides first-time users with some basic brush styles to encourage working with the Mixer brush. In this video, we'll take a look at these presets. So when we're in the Mixer brush, the Property bar is updated to show controls associated with the Mixer brush, and we'll see right here, we have a set of predefined behaviors that are available.

Using the Preset Brush Behavior menu

There are some more or less universal brush behaviors that are instantly available via the Mixer Brush Property bar's Preset Brush Behavior dropdown menu. This menu provides first-time users with some basic brush styles to encourage working with the Mixer brush. In this video, we'll take a look at these presets. So when we're in the Mixer brush, the Property bar is updated to show controls associated with the Mixer brush, and we'll see right here, we have a set of predefined behaviors that are available.

For example, if I select Dry - well, okay. I get a brush that acts like it's dry. If we select a Moist brush - okay, I can see where this name comes from. It's kind of moist. If we go to Very Wet, for example, well, I'm not really seeing what the difference is, and that, for me, is a little bit of a problem with these preset behaviors. Having looked at them, I think what happened was these were designed very much by numeric settings, without regard for exactly what it was going to do visually, and as a result, these brush names don't necessarily seem to mean much.

And that is one of the reasons that, later on, I'm going to get into talking about naming conventions, because I think it falls apart right here in the default settings, that these names don't really seem to measure up to what they sound like they're going to do, and as a result, I don't find these settings very useful. The other thing that we'll discover, as we start getting into how the Mixer brush works, is small changes in these settings that we'll be investigating can make big differences on another one of these properties.

And because of this interrelationship between these, you can very easily get confused about what setting is controlling what. And while Adobe made a valiant effort here to provide some basic behaviors, they probably have a tendency to confuse people, more than anything. So the preset brush behaviors are a good place to try out the Mixer brush, but you're going to soon want to start tweaking these brushes to suit your own style, and we'll be looking at that throughout the rest of this chapter.

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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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