Using tool presets and not brushes
Video: Using tool presets and not brushesThey act like brushes, they work like brushes. Why aren't they called brushes? There are some intrinsic differences between brushes and tool presets. In this video, we will get things straightened out. Now, the primary reason I'm putting this into the title is that having sold my brushes to a lot of people, one of the questions that comes up repeatedly, particularly when people are kind of doing a custom installation, they'll put the files of the brushes into the Brushes Preset folder and then I'll get an email.
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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artist's tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.
- Setting up a Wacom tablet
- Removing lens distortions
- Correcting distracting image elements
- Making shadow and highlight adjustments
- Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
- Modifying color
- Cloning layers
- Using a traditional paint color swatch set
- Using custom actions
- Working with canvas texture
- Creating physical surface texture effects
- Painting with custom brushes
Using tool presets and not brushes
They act like brushes, they work like brushes. Why aren't they called brushes? There are some intrinsic differences between brushes and tool presets. In this video, we will get things straightened out. Now, the primary reason I'm putting this into the title is that having sold my brushes to a lot of people, one of the questions that comes up repeatedly, particularly when people are kind of doing a custom installation, they'll put the files of the brushes into the Brushes Preset folder and then I'll get an email.
I put them into the Brushes Preset folder, but I don't see them. Where are they? Well, here's the thing, Brushes in Photoshop, previous to the Mixer Brush, were the sole brush engine in Photoshop. But in order to do some of the things that the Mixer brush does, particularly the very intricate kind of smearing and blending that it does, and this is done in combination with the bristle tips, which can be used with just normal brush. But the idea here is that the Mixer Brush required a whole new brush engine.
So, there's now two different brush engines in Photoshop. You have what has been in Photoshop forever, those are brushes, those even are abbreviated by .ABR for Adobe Brush. So, that is a brush preset, but there are also Tool Presets, and I use those. Why do I use them? Well, I'll show you. If we look on the left side here, a Brush Preset saves certain things. And it saves everything that's in the Brush panel, OK, which makes sense, you know, it's a brush.
Everything in the Brush panel should be saved. However, Brush Presets do not save crucial Mixer Brush settings. If we look over here on the Brush panel side, yes, it saves everything in the Brush panel. However, beyond that, it also saves things that are in the option bar for the Mixer Brush. For example, you've got the wetness, the load, the mix, the flow, sample all layers. All of these things are specific to the Mixer Brush engine and the brush preset is not going to save it because it doesn't know about it.
It takes the tool preset to kind of have another layer of saving information in order for the mixture brush presets to work the way I've designed them. And so, you've got the Option Bar Settings, plus, and here's another thing that it will do that you can't do with the Brush Preset, is that you can even save the color of the brush along with it. So, these extra elements become important to the Mixer Brush, and as such, I have to save them as Tool Presets.
And that's the reason that you'll find all of the brushes are over here in the Tool Presets panel. If you go over to where brush presets are, you're not going to find that information. And it's confusing to people who have a long-time relationship with Photoshop that are very used to brushes and Brush Presets. It became a little out of their comfort zone when all of the sudden, here's these really great brushes, but I can't find them, that's because they're not brush presets, they're Tool Presets.
So, the basic idea I want to get across here is that you can call them brushes if you want to, I do. To me, they are brushes, but in reality, they are Tool Presets. And if you don't know that, you're going to run into some things that won't seem right without understanding the nature of a Tool Preset.
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