Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Canvas texture and brush libraries, part of Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery.
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Throughout this chapter we're going to take a look at the two new big painting innovations inside Photoshop CS5, and that's Bristle Brushes and the Mixer Brush. But before we go there, I wanted to show you some of the advanced painting settings that have been around for a long time now. So there were two watershed versions of Photoshop where painting is concerned; one is CS5, the most recent edition and one was Photoshop 7. A you old schoolers may recall that Photoshop 7 was that version of the program that introduced the Healing Brush, it also introduced all kinds of new painting technology into Photoshop.
And Photoshop 7 came right before Photoshop CS. It was right before Adobe changed it's numbering conventions, incidentally. So I want to show you some of that technology because I think just about all of you will find it to be terribly entertaining if not downright useful. So a couple of things upfront. First of all, I'm working inside of this image called Canvas texture.psd. And I want you to understand how it was put together because it's yet another synthetic texture pattern just like those patterns I was showing you at the end of the previous chapter.
This one, however, is built on one of the patterns that ship along with Photoshop. So if you take a look at the Layers panel here, you'll see that there is the smart object called texture. If you double-click on it, you will open up this temporary texture.psb file. And it contains just two layers, one of which is a pattern layer. So if you want to check out what's going on with it, you can just double-click on it. You can even, if you want to, you could switch out that patterns for some other pattern that you have loaded. If you want to load more patterns, you click this right-pointing arrow head and choose one of the pattern libraries down here.
Anyway, the name of the one I'm using is Black Weave as you can see here. And all I did was Scale it to 200%, click OK. It's a dynamic pattern layer so I can change it anytime I like. I have a levels adjustment layer that's brightening the texture up a little bit. And then back in the larger composition here, I went ahead and took this smart object, and I assigned a few different smart filters. The first of which is Clouds set to the Overlay mode incidentally and then I went ahead and threw Add Noise on top of that and then I've got Emboss at the front of the list.
And to make the texture brighter, because otherwise it would look like this after the Emboss command, I went ahead and threw on yet another levels adjustment to create this texture right here. So there is so many variations for creating synthetic textures inside of Photoshop. Now if you are going to work along with me, I'd like you to click on this paint layer right there, the paint layer layer, and it's currently completely blank, so that you can paint to your heart's content and then delete the painting if you don't like it and start over again. The layer is set to the Multiply mode.
So I won't be setting the brush to any special mode. It'll just be set to Normal, but we'll be multiplying our colors into the background so that they look like conventional brushstrokes or ink strokes or what have you. I've also set my Color to the following H, S, B values. So once again if you want to emulate what I am doing you would make sure that your flyout menu options are set to HSB sliders like so and then I've got the Hue value set to 0, Saturation to 50%, and Brightness set to 25%. And next I'm going to go ahead go ahead and grab my Brush tool here, which I can get by pressing the B key of course.
And finally, I am armed with a Wacom Art Tablet. This happens to be a Wacom Intuos4, which is the most recent version of their drawing tablets as I'm recording this. And you can find out more about them at wacom.com; a really great tablet by the way if you're thinking of investing and painting inside of Photoshop via tablet, it's a wonderful way to go. All right, now we've already seen a lot of the basic painting options that are available to us, way back in chapter 7 of the Fundamentals portion of the series.
So I won't dwell on those. What I am going to do is I'm going to show you that there is two key panels that are available to us; one is Brush Presets which is going to list all the presets that are available to us at any given time, and you can get to the Brush Presets panel just as you can get to all panels inside of Photoshop by going out to the Window menu, and choosing Brush Presets. If you loaded dekeKeys, I gave you keyboard shortcut of Alt+F5 here on the PC or Option+F5 on the Mac, and then we also have the Brushes panel right next door here.
And you can get to that one by pressing F5 whether you loaded dekeKeys or not. And this is where you control your specific brushing options if you have a mind to. But anyway what I'd like to do is switch over to Brush Presets for a moment, not so that I can show you the default presets because we'll come to those, by the way, the way the presets are organize is the first six presets are just round brushes; just your standard, everyday, average round brushes that combine some size along with some degree of hardness as well as some kind of pressure response.
And so you can go ahead and select from those if you want to and then you press the bracket keys to make the brush smaller or larger or Shift with one of the bracket keys to make the brush softer or harder. Then we come to the Bristle Brushes. These little guys that look like sideways brush tips are the Bristle Brushes. And in all there are 10 of them and we will be discussing them in all kinds of details shortly, but for the moment I want to give them the slip because I want to show you some of the other brush libraries that are available to us. Go to the Brush Presets flyout menu and notice it's big whopper of a menu, it's so big that it has to have a second column on my screen.
If you drop down here, you'll see all of the libraries. Now, none of these libraries are designed to accommodate Bristle Brushes, rather, they are custom brushes. You can actually define your own custom brushes inside of Photoshop by essentially drawing a piece of artwork and then saving it out as a brush. And a lot of folks have done this in advance for you, is the great thing, and there are some awesome brush libraries to choose from. My favorite, for just getting a sense what's going on, is M Brushes. So go ahead and choose M Brushes and then rather than saying Append, which will go ahead and add the M Brushes to the end of your list and keep the ones that are here so far, I'm going to may recommend you say OK because you can always reset the brushes, as we will later, to bring back the Bristle Brushes and all the other guys.
I'm going to click OK to replace the old brushes with the new M Brushes and I'm going to show you how these guys work. Just check out what you have to choose from here, some extremely interesting stuff, and I'll show you how they work in the next exercise.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
- Using masks and blend modes in radically new ways
- Mastering the Pen tool and Paths panel
- Transforming and maximizing Smart Objects
- Employing Smart Filters to create complex effects
- Exploring the capabilities of Bristle brushes and the Mixer Brush
- Merging multiple images into seamless panoramas
- Exploring the full range of luminance with HDR Pro
- Recording actions and batching-processing images