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PS - Painting in Photoshop CS5 (Part 1)

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[♪music♪] [ADOBE® TV PRODUCTIONS] [The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kast] Hi and welcome. My name's Julieanne Kast, and in today's episode of The Complete Picture, we're going to be talking about some of the new painting features in Photoshop CS5. Now, this is Part 1 of a 2-part series, so today we're going to focus on some things that have changed in the interface as well as the new Natural Media Bristle Tips and in the next part, Part 2, we're going to be talking about the new actual Mixer Brush, so how to mix your paint on canvas. All right, excellent. Let's get started. We have a lot to cover. So, I'm going to tap the "b" key--that will give me my brush tool, and a few things just to notice-- We moved the icon to toggle your brushes panel. So we can just click on that--it will show your brush panel, and click it again and it will go ahead and hide that. Then, over to the right, you'll notice there's 2 new icons here. Now, these 2 icons are to be used with your pressure-sensitive tablet, and although some of you might not be using a tablet, I'm just gonna say that if you really want to get the most out of painting in Photoshop, it's a really good investment, because there are things that you can do with a tablet that you really can't do with a mouse, and the things that you can do--like pressure sensitivity--it's just so much easier with a tablet than trying to change the opacity and everything on your mouse, so I'd highly recommend it if you're going to do any serious painting. All right, so what do these 2 icons do? Well, let me just get a little scratch piece of paper here, and actually, you'll notice that I toggled my brushes panel away, so how do I get that back? Well, certainly I could use the icon but it would be much easier if I just used the new Workspace Switcher. Now, we've had Workspaces in past versions of Photoshop, but it's so much easier now because look--they're just accessible across the top here-- so if I want to quickly switch to my JK Painting workspace, now i've got my brushes, my tool presets, my brush presets, my swatches-- everything just comes up at once. Then when I want to do something like composite images, then I'll move to a different workspace. The cool thing is these workspaces--they also can control your keyboard shortcuts, so if you have a special set of keyboard shortcuts for painting that you don't use or that is different than what you would use in compositing, you can switch those. In fact, I want to show you one of the best features of Photoshop CS5, and I know some of you will think I'm crazy, but look at this. Under Edit/Keyboard Shortcuts--I love this new feature-- if you go here under Tools and we scroll down, we can now add a keyboard shortcut to show and hide the Color Picker. So this is huge to me--I've been waiting for this for a long time. So I'm going to tap the N key because that's going to take the place of the shortcut for 3D, and while I'm painting, I'm not using 3D, so let's go ahead and use N and click OK. Now, look what happens when I tap the N key. Ha! My color picker--fantastic! But that does remind me of another keyboard shortcut that I should tell you about, and that is we actually changed 2 keyboard shortcuts. It's Control-Option on the Mac--when you click with Control-Option, I can increase and decrease the size of my brush. Now, if I have--these are called "computed generated tips"--these round circles-- if I have one of those, it's easier to see what's going on here because not only can we see that the size of the brush is getting smaller and larger, but if I drag left and right, that determines the brush size. If I drag up and down with the same keyboard shortcut, which is just the Control-Option key on the Mac-- on Windows, it's going to be the Shift-Right Mouse Key--drag up and down-- that will actually change your feather or your hardness of the brush. But that's not what I was gonna show you. What I was gonna show you is an offshoot of that, because we freed up that other keyboard shortcut, now I can use Control-Option-Command and click in my image and I get a color wheel. So this is awesome--I can go ahead and pick my hue here by using the outside color wheel, and then I can move over and change the saturation as well as the brightness value of it. But if I get to this point and go "Hmm, you know what, I actually want to change the hue a little bit," I can just let go of the keyboard shortcut--my mouse is still down-- you let go of your keyboard shortcut, hold down the Shift key, and now you can jump over to the hue around the wheel there, let go of the space bar, move so you can pick a different color-- hold the space bar any time you want to jump back and forth-- and then let go. So very easy to pick colors that way. Of course, I've got my swatches palette open; I could do that as well, but I just love the fact that I can just tap the N key and it brings up my foreground color so I could pick a color. Okay, so all of that was just to pick a color. Let's go ahead now and let's talk about those icons again. So this first icon is going to determine the pressure sensitivity as far as opacity goes, and then the second one is going to determine the size. So I'm going to pick a brush here, and I have a brush preset where I've actually turned off all of the pressure sensitivity. There it is right there, so I'm gonna select that, and now, you will notice that when I simply paint, sure enough, no matter how light or how heavy I'm using the pen, it all paints the same. But if I want to override that setting, I can go ahead and click that first icon and now you can see I can make it more or less opaque or I can click on the second icon, and now I can get a small brush or a large brush, depending on how hard I press the pen on the tablet. So that functionality was there before, but the thing is that now when you click those, they will override your settings on your brush, so I can continue to switch brushes, and these 2 settings will remain constant, so that's quite nice. It used to be you had to show your brushes panel and then click the lock icon. Now it's right there, much more easily accessible. All right, there's also some new icons at the bottom of the brush panel as well as the brush presets panel, and if you click on that it will take you to the Preset Manager. Again, not a new feature, but rarely used, because I don't think many people find it. The great thing about the Preset Manager is that it lets you actually reorder your brushes and select multiple brushes and delete brushes if you don't want them. For example, if I want to click and drag this pressure sensitivity brush all the way to the top, I can do that. If I want to click and then Shift-click multiple brushes and drag them down, I can go ahead and reposition them, so Preset Manager--very very handy for organizing your brushes. You can also load brushes here. You can load from the menu right here--whatever it is, you can save your brushes, and not only brushes--you can also use the Preset Manager for your swatches and your gradients and a lot of other tools. All right--let's click Done, and let's go ahead and find out about these new Natural Media Bristle Tips. You can see that in my Brushes panel, we've got a bunch of new tips here. You can see I've clicked on Brush Tip Shape, and here are all the different tip shapes. So let's move to this other document so we can see examples of them. Now, we basically have 2 kinds of brushes. We have round brushes and flat brushes, and then we have a variety of different shapes of those brushes, and you can see how they all paint, right here. But you'll notice there's like a little photo right here--a little drawing right here. Where did I get that? Well, that is this icon right here--as soon as I pick an actual bristle tip, I can click on this little bristle tip preview, and it will actually show me in 3D as I move my cursor what that brush looks like and what it will look like when I paint it. Now, if I wanted to see a different view, I can simply click in here and it will show me 3 different views; I can just click to toggle through them. I can also hold down the Shift key, and that will give me a more 3-dimensional view of the brush, so whatever you prefer. To turn it off, just Shift-click again. And of course, we can move this around. Now, this is only available obviously with the new Bristle Tips, because that's what we're previewing. You don't really need to preview a round circle--so--makes sense. If we close it again, you can access it either from the brush presets or down here at the bottom of the Brush panel. So what I did is I simply took screen shots, and you can see that that's what these little illustrations are. All right. So we know now that we have these different Bristle Tips, but there are a lot of other things that we can change as well. So let's move to another illustration here: the Bristle Qualities--and I'll just zoom in-- so the Bristle Qualities where I change these settings were over here in the Brushes panel, right? We've got how many bristles you want, what the length is, the thickness, the stiffness, and the angle, so here are just some little examples of these different variables, or these different attributes or qualities. Obviously, we could have a brush that only had a single bristle or we can add more bristles. Then we change the thickness of each bristle, so we can have really thin bristles or we can get really thick bristles. We could also change the Bristle Length. Now, this one is a little bit more difficult to illustrate, because obviously what I did was stroke a path here, so the length is going to show up kind of being the same, so I changed the secondary variable as well, and that was the Stiffness. Because if a brush is really stiff, it would follow the path exactly, but if you decrease the Stiffness or you make it kind of a more flexible brush, like you're pressing really hard with it, it's gonna kind of sway a little bit from the path that it's painting on. So that's why we get kind of this wider arc here as it moves around the path. And then right down here, you can see kind of a better example of just the Bristle Stiffness, so here, very stiff. We're gonna follow that path, it's gonna follow your paint stroke exactly, and then it gets looser and looser. Okay, now there's one attribute that we haven't talked about and that is Angle. There's 2 ways to change angle. You can change angle right down here, as far as the Bristle Qualities go on your paintbrush, and that's quite handy and we need that, because if you're doing something like stroking a path, you would need to be able to change your angle there. But remember, if you're using a pressure-sensitive tablet, the angle can actually be controlled by your pen, but I just wanted to show you because I don't think a lot of people discover how the angle can actually change things. So here we've got Angle Control and initial direction, and all I did here was I just picked something that I thought would be easy to see, which is just this grass, and basically, you can see that as it stroked this path, when the angle--and you set the angle here under Shape Dynamics-- under Angle Jitter, you can see when it's set to Initial Direction, it's gonna follow the shape of the path, and it's going to keep the grass following that initial direction, whereas if you change the Angle to be just directional, now it's gonna follow along the stroke of that path and it's actually going to change direction as it curves around that path. So I wanted to show that to you with grass, which is this kind of funky brush, because I wasn't sure if it was going to be evident enough when you use a Natural Media Bristle Tip to actually see that we are changing the angle here. Okay. These other little stroked paths here--this is just to show you if you've got one of those wide fan brushes and you're changing the angle as you stroke the path, it's quite cool because it actually makes them look quite 3-dimensional. All right--enough with angle. Let's talk about some presets. So I'm not gonna go through all of these, you can get a lot of very, very different looking strokes. So here are just some examples; I would encourage you to move through the brush presets and kind of play with them and get the feel for the brushes that we ship by preset, because once you learn those, then you can go in and change all of the different qualities yourself to make your own brushes. All right. So those are your brush presets. The nice thing about the brush presets is that they store everything here in the Brushes panel and if you select New Brush Preset, you can see that it can also capture the Brush Size in the Preset. But what I find even better than the Brush Presets are your actual Tool Presets, because not only do the Tool Presets store all of the Brush attributes, they're also going to store all of your options up here, including your foreground color. So that's really the difference between the Brush Presets and the Tool Presets. They're going to include your color as well as any options, like a blend mode or opacity. And in fact, I've loaded up some of the new tool presets, and I did that by just using the flyout menu here-- you can see there's one called DP Presets and M Tool Presets-- those are new presets with CS5-- you can load those up and the one that I'm just going to work with really quickly, because I don't know if you've noticed by now, but all of the paint strokes that you've seen have been stroked paths, and that's because I'm not very good at painting. I like painting; I'm getting better at painting, but I think that there are probably a lot of people that are going to be watching this that are much better at painting than I am, so my goal is just to show you all of the features, and then it's up to you to actually paint. But I will paint one thing, and I'm just going to paint this splat because I can do this very quickly and very easily because Mike Shaw showed me how yesterday using the Splat brush. So you can now get natural kind of splattish looking things, which is kind of funny, because you can't imagine how many times I get asked to be able to do this, and you couldn't do it before, so let's look at how we're doing this. Well, we're using the Natural Media Brushes, and you can see down here you can tell by stroke and then also up here that we've got the Wet Edges turned on--not a new feature, but really powerful when used with the Natural Media brushes. So to do this, all we need to do is select a color, and do that--let's select a little brown here. And then, we can go ahead and paint. Let's make sure that in my Layers panel I am on the correct layer, which I was not, so let's go down here and find my splat layer, and we'll go ahead and just create our first splat, and then we can create maybe another one right over there, maybe a smaller one right there. So that's the big splat brush, right? And then we can use all of these little spatter drops in order to add additional drops. Now at first, these come out pretty strong, so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go to the Brush Tip Shape for this one and I'm going to change the spacing so that they're a little bit more random in here. All right. And we'll just follow the splat, and we'll have this one come down and maybe a few over here, and we can go inside there a little bit, and then you can just use the different presets here in order to kind of create your splat. All right. And we can change colors if we want to, What was that keyboard shortcut--the N key I assigned to bring up my foreground color. Excellent. We will change our spatter drops again, maybe get a few more down here, and over here, a few random ones right there. All right, well I'm not going to spend all day doing this. In fact, what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take what I've already created-- now, you might be wondering how did I get this kind of blurry in some of those areas? That we're going to have to talk about next time because the way that I did that was not using the regular brush tool, but was using the mixer brush tool. So that will be in Part 2, but for right now, all I'm going to do is grab my Move tool and then drag this to another photograph right here, and we'll just zoom in here and I'm going to position this little splat right there, change the blend mode to Multiply, reposition that, and if I wanted to--if I don't want the splat in the center, but I just kind of want it surrounding it, look at this--we can just make selection with our elliptical marquee tool and go over here to my layer. I want to add a mask, but I need the inverse mask, so I'll just hold down the Option and the Alt key and click that Mask--it's a little bit too sharp but one of the nice things is with Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop CS5, if I come down here and show my Masks panel, we can change the Feather amount dynamically on that Mask so that we can refine that. And of course, that's all non-destructive; I can go back and change that later. But I think you can see how people like--even people like me-- who really aren't trained as painters in any shape or form are going to be able to use these tools. So I'm totally excited about it. I also painted right down here--you can see I painted like a little cityscape, so that wraps up today's episode of The Complete Picture. My name's Julieanne Kast. I hope that you will join me for Part 2, where we will cover all of the new features of the Mixer Brush in Photoshop CS5. [♪music♪] [ADOBE® TV PRODUCTIONS]

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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 6, 2010

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows you some of the new painting features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 including the new Natural Media Bristle Tip Brushes.

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