Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating symmetrical brush strokes, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] Symmetry painting creates a mirrored brush stroke along a symmetry axis and it's a really fun tool to use in Photoshop. All we're going to need to do is paint half of our drawing and the other half is going to be drawn in real time for a perfectly symmetrical drawing. So, let's go ahead and create a new document. I want it to be 2500 pixels by 2500 pixels and click create. Then I'll tap the f key to go to full screen mode. Use the space bar in order to reposition the image in our workspace.
Now paint symmetry is a tech preview so in order to invoke it, I need to go to the preferences, and then technology previews, and enable paint symmetry. Then with a brush tool selected or an eraser or the mixer brush, I'll get a new icon of a butterfly. When we click on this icon, we get to choose what symmetry axis we want to use. So for example, we could do new vertical or horizontal.
There's a dual axis. Diagonal, wavy, circular, spiral, and parallel. In fact, you can create your own path and then select that path as your axis. So we'll just start with new vertical. Photoshop gives you the opportunity to transform it so you could rotate it for example. I'll just undo that and then click the check mark in order to apply that. I want to select a general brush so in my brushes panel, just choose the hard round brush.
I got a little smaller brush just using the left bracket key and let's pick a color for our paint stroke. I'll just choose kind of a darker blue color. So now you can see that anything that I paint on the left side is going to be mirrored in real time on the right side. Let's undo that and let's pick a different axis. I'll choose the dual axis. Tap return or enter. And this time, I'm going to turn on my pressure sensitivity for my paint size.
I'll start here in the center and I'm going to hold down this shift key and that's going to tell Photoshop to draw straight lines between each click. So I can quickly go in and create a geometric pattern or create whatever brush strokes I want. Alright, let's try one more thing. I'll do a quick select all and then delete. I'll fill this with white and click OK. And I'll return to the new vertical symmetry and tap enter.
Then I'll choose a shade of gray to paint with and I don't know how many of you know of Ed Edmondson but he was an author of a book that I read when I was very young and it was all about how to create animals or how to draw animals just using simple shapes. So, I'm just going to quickly show you how I can just draw on the left side here. The shape of a sheep and Photoshop's going to automatically draw the other side for me.
So let's create a little ear here and we can fill that in and we can get those two to touch right there. And then, I can just draw a little semicircle down here for a nose. And then we can just draw some wool for his little head right here. Little circle on top. And maybe a little body here. And we'll just draw around. Again, I only have to draw the one side and Photoshop's automatically drawing the other side.
Now let's add some legs. Pull down the shift key. Bring those down. Tap the x key in order to exchange my foreground and background colors so now I have white as my foreground color. Just draw a little eye there. Tap the x key again and then just draw the little pupil. So there you go. Symmetry painting is an easy way to create a mirror of your drawing using a preset axis or one of your own making.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images