Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing the Tool Presets panel, part of Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush.
The Tool Presets panel is the Grand Central Station of all of your brushes.…Beyond organizing your brushes, this panel can be used to have your brushes…available with a single click.…In this video, we'll look at both organizing and maximizing access to your brushes.…The first thing I want to cover is, once you've created a set of Tool presets,…you're going to want to save these as a group, and the best way to do that is to…go into the Tool Presets flyout menu, and we can Save Tool presets.…
So, I'll go in here, and I'm going to name this My Tool Presets, Save.…Now that we have that, we can always go into this list, and if we wanted to do…say replace, we'll have that available as one of the Tool preset groups that…are available to us.…You also going to want to be able to load new presets, and I've got set here…that I'm going to include within the exercise file.…So if we go to the Desktop > Exercise Files and Chapter 5, you'll find the…lynda Mixer brushes.tpl.…
Let's open that, and now, this has replaced our list with a new list of a…
- Understanding the axes of motion with a Wacom tablet
- Choosing a brush shape and Bristle Tip
- Adjusting brush angle
- Loading color and control the behavior of the Mixer Brush
- Modifying surface texture
- Simulating the texture of canvas
- Saving tool presets for brushes
- Creating a painting from a photograph
- Painting from scratch with the Mixer Brush
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: What factors affect how well the mixer brushes in Photoshop perform? Does document size (i.e. 72dpi vs. 240dpi) affect the performance of the brushes? How can I maximize brush performance?
A: The recordings for this tutorial were generally done at a standard screen resolution, but a real-world situation will often require higher resolutions. For example, offset printing generally dictates files at 300ppi (pixels per inch). Inkjet printing is often discussed in terms of 240ppi. For web-based viewing, imagery at 72ppi is considered acceptable. You can easily determine the pixel resolution of an image by multiplying the size in inches by the above ppi (pixels per inch) factors.
Let's use a typical real-world size as an example: 20" X 24". This is a common photographic print and frame size.
72ppi = 1440p X 1728p = 2,488,320 pixels
150ppi = 3000p X 3600p = 10,800,000 pixels
300ppi = 6000p X 7200p = 43,200,000 pixels
Note that each of these resolution factors quadruples the total pixel count.
It is the amount of pixels being manipulated that dictates both application and brush performance. With this in mind, we can state that performance decreases as image pixel size increases. There are three primary factors that affect an application's ability to handle large pixel-based manipulation.
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