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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.
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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