Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Transfer panel to adjust paint dynamics, part of Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush.
Inside the Brush panel, you'll find a subpanel known as the Transfer panel.…This panel allows you to use pressure to control various aspects of the color wells.…You'll get a much more subtle brushstroke when you take advantage of your…stylus pressure in conjunction with these controls. Let's take a look.…I am going to go over and use my little icon here to open up the Brush panel,…and we'll see that we have access to a number of subpanels here, and the one we…are going to focus on right now is the Transfer panel.…
Now it's named this because it allows you to transfer control of the brush…to various mechanisms.…And in this case, we are going to be taking advantage of the control pop-up…menu to get to Pen Pressure, and I am going to go through each one of these and…show you how it works.…So you can see how they apply individually to the Mixer brush, but then you can…also gang these up to do even more sophisticated activities with the brush.…So let's start with Flow, and Flow Jitter is a bit of a misnomer.…
- 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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