Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting patterns from the Pattern Library, part of Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush.
Texture is a great way to add a traditional look to your brushstrokes.…The Texture option is located in the Brush panel.…These options allow you to select from among many different pattern options.…You can also adjust the character of each pattern that is selected.…It's a great addition to any Mixer brush for adding that analog look.…Let's go take a look.…I am opening up the Brush panel, and we will notice that in the subpanel area…here, we have the option of Texture.…So I am going to select that, and the first thing we will notice, at the top, is…there is a texture installed, but it's not very traditional-looking.…
This is part of the pattern library that shows up in Photoshop, and we are going…to go ahead and change that.…If we open up this flyout menu, you'll see that there are a number of installed…textures, or pattern libraries, that we can choose from.…And I am going to select the Artist Surfaces.…This is another default library that comes with Photoshop, and it's got a bunch…of really good-looking canvas textures built into it.…
- 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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