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My artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brushstrokes are often influenced by the texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist's brushes come with a set of six canvas textures and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Well, the first thing I want to start off saying is unfortunately in Photoshop, the words pattern and texture gets somewhat interchangeably used. So sometimes you'll hear the same element referred to as a pattern and sometimes a texture.
I definitely think of them as textures, and it does say Texture panel here. This is the sub-panel of Texture that you'll find in the Brush palette. So once you're here, this is where you can control all of these textures and if we click here we'll see these are the six patterns that are included with my artist brushes and I've just created a variety of different canvas weaves, all the way from very coarse to very fine, so you've got a lot of character differences in the way these are going to look in concert with a brush.
The other thing that's important to know is you can adjust the Scale and we've got a little sample here of the current brush, and you'll see that as I change the Scale I can get, even with the same texture, I can get what looks like a very fine textured canvas, or I can go up and get a very large coarse-grained canvas. So Scale is one of the things you're going to want to work with. Also, Depth is very important. Let's just do a little sample stroke here so you're seeing what this does.
If I didn't have Texture enabled, this is what my brush looks like, and you may want to use brushes like this some of the time, but without texture, they lose a lot of their character, and enabling texture is just a matter of clicking on the little check box next to Texture in the Brush panel and now I've got a nice texture working with my brush. I can further play with this texture through the Depth slider. The lower it is, the less I'm going to affect all of the grain.
In fact, see I'm pressing down as hard as I can and I never penetrate all the way down into the grain, whereas if I go increase the Depth slider, now with very light strokes, I'm using pressure here. I can still get a very light amount of texture, but if I press hard, now I'm completely filling and flooding the texture of the canvas. One of the things that artist will often do is use a light amount of pressure to just kind of skip along the top of that grain so that I am getting somewhat of an optical affect of orange right here, because the eye wants to start intermixing the yellow and the red together to produce orange.
So Texture can be used for one thing just to make a stroke have that characteristic that you associate so much with oil paint on canvas. But you can also use it like artists do to overlay a light dusting of texture so to speak on top of a second color to produce interesting optical blends in the eye. So to wrap up, the appearance of canvas weave is integral to the vocabulary of paint.
You may choose to keep it subtle or pump it up to a major visual component of your expressive style. Either way, the artist brushes canvas textures are there to enrich your paintings.
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