The Mixer Brush features the ability to paint with unlimited multiple colors f8- and 16-bit RGB). For example, photographic camera-captured imagery can be a paintbrush. Only the pixels that form the edge of the tip shape actually paint to the image. This feature is primarily used in concert with the Bristle Tips. In this case, the complex tip shapes dynamically generated by the current bristle behavior form the mask through which any visible colors are painted to the image.
- [Voiceover] Before the CS5 introduction of the Mixer Brush…Photoshop's brushes couldn't be taken seriously…as a natural media tool.…Mediums like oil paint and oil pastels exhibit the ability…of its supplied color to be blended, smeared and muddied.…Prior to the Mixer Brush the only tool capable…of any kind of color blending was the Smudge Tool.…Compared to the Mixer Brushes blending capabilities,…the Smudge Tool now looks highly dated.…In this movie we'll discover the joy that is the Mixer Brush…and learn how to paint and blend until…you are deliriously laughing in an uncontrolled fit.…
So for this exercise I wanna take one of the tips…that we created earlier which is the brizzle_tip…and go into the world of the Mixer Brush.…So I wanna go ahead and select the Mixer Brush…and you'll see what happens,…and I'll explain this in a second,…you'll see when I select this, it's selected…whatever the last tool that was being used as a Mixer Brush.…Don't get mixed up and think "Oh this is a Mixer Brush"…"Being saved in the brush presets 'cause it just loaded it."…
John begins by going over some important brush tips that many artists are unaware of: bristle, erodible, and airbrush tips. He talks about how to customize the brushes and use them to mimic natural bristle brushes, chalk, and spray paint. He also addresses some global issues such as paint flow and spacing, which can have a dramatic impact on any brush you create.
From there he jumps into some more advanced techniques, such as blending colors, loading brushes with multiple colors, and using Brush Projection. Use these tips together to extend the toolset and maximize your creative freedom in Photoshop.
- What brush do you want to create?
- Designing brush tips
- Painting with bristle tips and erodible tips
- Simulating spray paint with airbrush tips
- Saving brush presets
- Blending color
- Enhancing fidelity with dual brushes