Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a big bristle brush, part of Creating a Digital Painting with Photoshop CS5.
The next brush that I want to create is going to be a big brush that I can use to block in colors, large forms. It should have characteristic shape and for achieving all that we will choose one of the New Natural Media Bristle brushes, that Photoshop CS5 provides. We take this flat fan one, and by the way, you can find the Natural Media Bristle brushes in the brush pallet, if you look out for these little icons that look like traditional brush tips, and I pick the last one here. And what you can see is, that we even get a little preview in the top left corner of our brush.
And the special thing about the Natural Media Brisstle brush is that they are simulated in 3D space. And you can see that, that simulation in this little preview over here. What you can see also is the brush ghost, our cursor that has now turned into a ghosted form of my brush tip. And you can see that I have a lot of dynamic in that.
I can rotate it. I can tilt it in different directions. And this gives us a lot of creative power. What I have to mention is that you can only access the full amount of this, if you use an interest for Art Pen. And that's because, the Art Pen is the only tool that registers the rotation of the pen itself. So, what you can see here is, that I'm rotating the pen itself, and the brush tip rotates too. Now how does this brush look like? It's bristly, it's quite big. So it comes very close to the brush that I'm thinking about, in fact. But never the less, we want to have a look on the different settings that these Natural Media Bristle brushes provide us.
In the Brush Tip Shape dialog, you find these five sliders over here. And with these you can control different aspects of the brush. The first slider here controls the number of bristles. Personally I like to decrease the number of bristles, to give the brush a more coarse look. I think you can see what I mean. You can also adjust the length of the bristles that hasn't a very big effect, for this brush now. But we will see later how the length of the bristles can help us to create certain characteristics in our brush.
And here we have the thickness of the individual bristles especially if you using fewer bristles. The thickness of the individual bristle is, an important variable. And then we have the stiffness of the bristles, and this is a very interesting feature. If we lower the stiffness of the bristles, the whole body of bristles becomes much more flexible. If we press harder, the bristles will thin out, like that. And we can create very expressive forms with that. this attribute, in fact, we will use in a different brush. But for now we want to keep the bristles stiff, quite stiff and I think that we can nearly keep the brush as it is.
However, I want to turn off the pen pressure on the opacity because I want this brush to make very distinct strokes, very opaque, very stark strokes, and the opacity shouldn't change for that. However, we can lower the flow a bit. Can experiment with that. So that, takes a bit of the harshness away, that I created by turning off the pressure sensitivity and the opacity.
And it makes for some, some transparent, portions here in the stroke. And that now looks really nice. That's in a big brush that can cover huge areas quite effectively with a distinct shape. Yeah that definitely is the brush that I was looking for. To keep this brush, we will edit to our tool presets, and I call it Big Bristle Brush, the three B's. That's our third brush.
We still lack some brushes. So let's directly go on to the next brush.
- Setting up
- Working with shapes and layers
- Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
- Separating the foreground from the background
- Enhancing the light in the scene
- Creating a leaf brush
- Painting a character