Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Photoshop CS6 Brushes: Part1A

 Part 1A: Additional Brush Presets
In the first post about Brushes I showed samples of strokes from the default set. The following images are from three additional collections: Dry Media and Natural Brushes. You can access them by choosing a Brush (hit the "B" key), then by right-clicking, button-clicking (stylus), control-clicking, or go up to the Menu (see first graphic below).

As you can see from the list, there are a bunch of collections to explore. Check out the "Rubber Ducky" Brush under "Special Effects." They call it "Ducks Not in a Row." I use it all the time. OK, never, except in demos.

When you select another collection, choose "Append" so that the collection will show up at the end of your current list. Otherwise, the new collection will replace your current Brush collection, which you usually don't want to do. I'll cover managing Brushes in Part 3.

These are the three collections that I'll show below.
Click any image to enlarge.
Dry Media. I've highlighted some 
good textured Brushes.
Natural Brushes 2. In my opinion these suffer from
Photoshop's odd "Spacing" issue, and they look fake.
I'll cover that when we get to the Brush Panel in Part 2.
The "Watercolor" options from this collection are
Natural Brushes. I use the ones that I circled to create Brush strokes. 
Give them a try; you can create some cool effects.


Sara Varon said...

Cool! Thanks for the tutorial - I always use the same brush!

David Opie said...

Sara, as you can see from these posts, there are many Brushes to choose from!

Pionikko said...

Thank you for sharing these tutorials. I am a beginner in digital painting and I can use all your tips. However what I al looking for is to know which brush is currently in use, the panel just shows the thickness but I really don't see how I can tell which brush I am using. If you know the answer I'll be very gratefull if you let us know. Greetings from Antwerp, Belgium

David Opie said...

Pionikko, glad you like the tutorials! You can see what Photoshop Brush is active by looking at the Brush Presets panel. However, as soon as you change a setting (ie. size) from the default, then your active Brush will no longer be highlighted in the Brush presets (because it no longer matches the default version).

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