Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving tool presets, part of Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush.
In this movie, we're going to take a look at how you actually save Tool presets.…One of the things that I do is I really try to adopt a set of standard…descriptive terms for naming my brushes.…By being consistent, you will easily be able to select various brushes, knowing…how they will behave.…Let's take a look into saving and naming your bouncing bundle of brushes.…Okay, so we're going to start off, and I'm going to just create a sample…brush here that would be useful, and it will be included in your exercise file, as well.…
So, I'm going to go to my Brush menu, and the first thing I'm going to do here…is I want to change the brush shape, and I'm going to change it to a Round Blunt point.…These settings, I'm happy with, so I'm not going to change them.…But let's look at the Transfer panel.…One of the things that I do, not with all of my brushes, but it doesn't hurt to…have all of these turned on,…you'll get the most out of these brushes, particularly with a pressure sensitive…pin when you use this.…
- 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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