"What brush do you want to create?" It is important to have a vision of what kind of marks you want. An organized approach is better than just starting with no direction. John talks you through which brush is right for your needs.
- Before we get started too deeply, I just want to take a minute or two, and talk about the approach I typically take when I'm creating brushes. You want to ask yourself the question, "What kind of brush do I want to create?" Depending on your answer, you are going to have several directions that you can go. If you simply head off into the wilderness without any sense of direction, you could spend hours playing around, and not end up with anything useful. On the other hand, serendipity can come into play, and it is possible to stumble upon an amazing brush purely by accident.
I'm not going to say that you can't cavort in Photoshop's brush playground, but it may not yield results as quickly as an organized approach. For example, do you want a brush that is going to act like a stamp and lay down images, or would you possibly want to work with a brush that is like chalk, and lays down texture. Or you could go for a brush that's hairy, and actually shows and exhibits brush hairs in the strokes. Or, you can also go for the smeary brush, which is a brush that actually smears.
This doesn't even paint, it just smears paint. These are all directions that you can take. All of these brush tip types act as starting points. We are going to be looking at the Captured, Bristle, Erodible, and Airbrush tips. Once we've gone through these, you will have the tools needed to ask, "What kind of brush do I want to make?" And know which direction to take.
John begins by going over some important brush tips that many artists are unaware of: bristle, erodible, and airbrush tips. He talks about how to customize the brushes and use them to mimic natural bristle brushes, chalk, and spray paint. He also addresses some global issues such as paint flow and spacing, which can have a dramatic impact on any brush you create.
From there he jumps into some more advanced techniques, such as blending colors, loading brushes with multiple colors, and using Brush Projection. Use these tips together to extend the toolset and maximize your creative freedom in Photoshop.
- What brush do you want to create?
- Designing brush tips
- Painting with bristle tips and erodible tips
- Simulating spray paint with airbrush tips
- Saving brush presets
- Blending color
- Enhancing fidelity with dual brushes