Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a Cintiq to control the brushes in Photoshop, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The Tools.
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Brushes are very powerful tools in Photoshop and even more powerful when you…take into account that a lot other features utilize things like pen pressure and pen tilt.…And these are two things that the mouse cannot give you.…You can't press down on the mouse to make a difference and you certainly can't tilt it.…In fact it won't even work if you tilt it.…That's where the stylus that's attached to tablets and this Cintiq really…comes in handy, because there is a pen pressure and pen tilt attached to these particular tools.…
It's also better the way you hold it. Rather than hold it as a bar of soap,…you hold it like how you were taught to hold the crayon…back in kindergarten.…You're holding this the same way which is a lot easier on your hand.…And the beauty of this is that pen tilt and that pen pressure.…A lot of those tools will utilize that.…Now in the movies on brushes you'll see that there is a one where I create…this little fur ball.…Now that fur ball is totally dependent on the tilt of my stylus.…
In this installment, The Tools, Bert demonstrates how he uses the brushes, filters, and textures in Photoshop to create everything from the trees in Central Park to the billboards on Broadway, and shares his techniques for keeping his project organized with layers and groups. He also touches on the importance of channels and channel calculations, and how the evolution of the tools in Photoshop from CS3 to CS5 shaped his work.
- Making a chain brush
- Understanding the layers in lights
- Using the 3D tools in Photoshop
- Using layer styles
- Creating wood and fabric textures
- Applying a layer mask
- Linking layer masks with layer styles
- Understanding channels