Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing custom content, part of Photoshop: Pastel Drawing.
- [Voiceover] We're gonna be installing some custom content for this course and you will find that custom content within the Exercise Files folder and it's a folder PS Import. We're gonna want to get to this folder once we're in Photoshop. So, wherever you have downloaded you Exercise Files, that's where you're gonna wanna go and we'll see here when we get into Photoshop. So let's go ahead, bring Photoshop up, and here we are in the Start menu. Let's go ahead and we can even stay right here for now and we're just gonna go down to Edit, Presets and we wanna go to Export/Import Presets, and that brings up our Export/Import dialogue box.
Now we wanna make sure the tab is set on Import Presets and we wanna select the Import folder and here we are. It's in our Exercise folders and we just select PS Import and we say Open and now here are the three files that we wanna import. So we'll go ahead and say Add All and we will import the presets. This might not pop up for you but I'm gonna go ahead and click Yes and it's telling us they've been imported and we need to restart Photoshop for changes to take effect.
So, I'm gonna restart Photoshop and then I'll show you where these are. Okay, we've restarted Photoshop and if we go up to our Workspace drop-dowm, we can go up here to the top and this way you'll find Pastels LE. So, now it's loaded the workspace in. Now there are the two other locations. One is Tool Presets and if we go to the File menu for the Tool Presets panel, you'll find Pastels LE down here. So I'll go ahead, click on that, replace them and there they are.
And part of the workspace includes putting the Swatches file up here because I wanna be able access this while I'm drawing. And I wanna go ahead and do the same thing we did in the Tool Presets, which is to drop down here and select Pastels LE. We will replace them. And there they are. Now, let's talk about the brushes in here. This is actually the same exact tool set plus four brushes that I've added into it that the original set is actually just part of this Dry Media category.
So if I open up that up temporarily, there they are and we're just using that library and adding my four extra brushes into it. So that they're right here. So the extra brushes are the Pastel Pencil, Pastel Flat, Oil Pastel Pencil, and Oil Pastel Flat. I don't acutally end up using all four of these in the exercises but the ones that I'm primarily using will be here. I'm using the Pastel Flat quite a bit and we're also using Cotton Blender.
And then there's the rest of your normal library. I did this so that you don't need to switch back and forth between these custom brushes and the normal set. Now you've got the normal Dry Media set as well as these custom brushes in one convenient location. So now, let's get painting with pastels.
- Customizing brush performance, tilt, and pressure response
- Using surface texture
- Roughing out the sketch
- Adding color
- Creating tonality with blending