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By Jim Heid | Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Painting Tools

Every day this week, we’ve been providing a close-up look at one of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We wrap up the week by examining what host Deke McClelland calls the “most ambitious innovation” in Photoshop CS5: its new painting tools.

In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke demonstrates Photoshop’s bristle brushes, which simulate traditional paint brushes—the kind your local art-supply store sells—and its new Mixer brush, which lets you give a photo a painterly look. Along the way, Deke passes along a tip for customizing Photoshop’s interface—one of those little chores that can save so much time, but that so few of us do.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Deke’s favorite Photoshop CS5 features. What features excite you the most? Which ones are you most interested in learning about? We’re interested in your comments, which you can leave below.

Needless to say, there’s so very much more in Photoshop CS5—not to mention in the rest of Creative Suite 5. For an overview of what’s new in Photoshop CS5, see Jan Kabili’s Photoshop CS5 New Features tutorial. If you’re a photographer, check out Chris Orwig’s Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features tutorial. And to learn what’s new in all of the CS5 applications, check out all of our Adobe CS5 training on

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5 Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography Wednesday—Refine Edge Thursday—Puppet Warp

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