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PS - Painting in Photoshop CS5 (Part 2)

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[♪music♪] [ADOBE TV Presents] [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 talk all about the different options for the Mixer Brush tool. This is a new tool to Photoshop CS5. In the last episode, Part 1 of Painting, we talked all about the new Natural Media Bristle Tips. Now we're going to focus on the Mixer Brush tool. You can see here that I have assigned a custom keyboard shortcut just using the keyboard editor so that my Brush tool is still accessed by the keyboard shortcut "b," but now my Mixer Brush tool can be accessed very quickly by just tapping the "h" key, so it makes it convenient for me to go back and forth between the two. All right--we're going to start with the Mixer Brush tool. However, I'm just going to pick one of these brushes, like say the Scatter Brush. So right now, I'm not using the Natural Media Bristle Tips-- and there's a reason for that-- and I'll tell you that in just a moment. We're going to start with the different options and figure out how these affect painting with the Mixer Brush. So there's 3 primary options: there's the wet option, the load option, and the mix option. Let's start off with the Load option/ I'm going to keep the Wet to 0% and therefore there's not going to be any Mix, and the Load is set to 10%. So the Load is just how much paint you have loaded in your brush. Now, I'll use my Layer comps to quickly move back and forth between this illustration and the canvas, so now I'm going to paint with this Spatter Brush. Let me just make it a little bit bigger to make sure we can see it. I have a low Load, so when I click and drag, the brush runs out of paint really quickly. Watch as I increase the Load and now brush again--you can see that I get paint a little bit further. And if we increase it to like 80%, I can brush even further. So the Load is simply how much paint is loaded in the brush. Okay--that's probably the easiest thing. Let's go back in time, clear off our palette there, and go back to the illustration. So when you paint with no wetness and no mix, obviously the Mixer brush isn't really mixing; it's not picking up anything and it's not blending any colors. In order to do that, we have to switch or increase the amount of wetness. Now, the amount of wetness is really the wetness of the canvas. So you can actually choose not to load your brush. You could have no paint in your brush and you could still move around and mix the colors on your canvas. So let's try that. I'm going to change here to maybe kind of a low wet percentage-- maybe around 20--and let's decrease the Load. We could either decrease the Load to 0 or I could just turn off the option here to load the brush--you can see there's no longer any paint in this swatch. So this is the icon to toggle on and off Loading of the brush. Now we'll go back to our canvas and take a look. When I click and drag now, you can see that when I took the brush and it went from the white into the green, because the canvas was wet, some of that white went into the green. Likewise, the green went back into the white. And if I increase the wetness value and we paint again, you can see that it's dragging more of it, so it's like the canvas is actually wetter. All right--let's move back to our third option, which is the Mix option. So the Mix option determines how much Mix, or how much blending there is, between the colors on your canvas and the color that's loaded in your brush. So let's move our wetness down a little bit, maybe to like 50% or so, we'll load up the brush--maybe 50% again-- and now I'll just increase the Mix a little bit, like 25% or so. I need to make sure that I'm loading my brush, so I'll click to Load it. I'm loading it with purple. We'll go back to our blank canvas and I will click and drag. You can see what's happening here-- it's starting with the brush fully loaded in purple over this transparent area but as I drag it through, it's starting to mix with that canvas because my canvas is wet and I'm mixing it. But I've still got a lot of purple in my stroke. If we increase the Mix, that's basically telling Photoshop to take more information from the canvas. So now you can see what happens is I don't have as much purple in my stroke because the brush is picking up more white from that canvas area. So those are really the 3 basic parameters that you need to pay attention to. Now, we have some Presets here so you can move back and forth really quickly between a dry brush--let's look at that--what's a dry brush going to do? Well, it's not going to mix with anything because there's no wetness value, therefore there's no mixing. If we go to a moist brush, it's a little bit wet, so it'll move around pixels a bit, and it will mix 50/50. You can go through the rest of these Presets and of course--don't forget--once you set up all these values here, you can always save your own tool Presets. We talked a little bit about the ability to Load paint using this icon right here to turn it on and off. The next icon right next to it is how you would clean your brush. So let's go back to the Mixer brush illustration here. Loading and Cleaning. We talked about Loading--you put paint in the brush. The Cleaning--if you drag along and your brush is picking up paint, you need to decide when you put the brush down the next time do you want to start with a clean brush or do you want to use that paint that's already loaded in there? And there's kind of a nice icon if we move back to our canvas here. When I decide not to clean the brush--let's say I start in the middle of the circle with my purple and I start painting-- when I let go, you can see right here in this icon that my brush is dirty. So if I start painting, it's not going to start painting with pure purple. It's going to start painting with the Mix that I picked up my brush and left off with. So as we start painting, there it is. If I want to Clean the brush, all I need to do is simply click that icon. Now of course, when you're really painting from scratch, you're going to be using the Load option as well as the Clean option quite often. So down here in our keyboard shortcuts, under Tools, you'll notice that you can actually assign keyboard shortcuts to the Load Mixer brush and the Clean Mixer Brush as well as toggle the Auto-Load and Auto-Clean on and off. All right. What I'd like to do is show you 2 keyboard shortcuts before we take a look at some sample paintings. These 2 keyboard shortcuts I think are going to help you a lot. Well, I'll show you 3 because 1 I already mentioned in the last version and that was just the fact that you can assign a keyboard shortcut to bring up the foreground color. So I assigned "n" to it. There's my foreground color--quite nice. I also mentioned that on the Mac you can use Control-Option-Command and on Windows that's going to be a right mouse click plus Alt and Shift and when you click, you're going to be able to see this new Color Picker right on screen. So we can select a different color using the outer color wheel. Right--so let's say I want a red. Now, I want to move inside to change the density or the luminosity as well as the saturation. But let's say I picked this color right here. It's just not quite right. I need to change my hue a little bit. So in order to do that, you can let go of the keyboard, you hold down the space bar and jump over to your hue wheel. Then let go of the space bar and you can move around the hue color wheel. When you want to jump back into the square in the center, you hold down the space bar, jump over, let go of the space bar, and then you can change your color. Now, if you prefer, you can go into the Photoshop preferences right here and you can choose whether or not you want to see a wheel or a strip-- totally up to you. One last shortcut--I'll just tap the "i" key. The "i" will give me the eyedropper. You should just notice that we now have this kind of nice little wheel that will show up whenever you're sampling colors. It also gives you the before and after, and it's surrounded with gray to kind of neutralize what it is that you're looking at, so you're not biased by a lot of different colors there. All right--excellent. Now, let's go ahead and show Mini Bridge. I'm just going to pop that up so that we can take a look at some of these examples. So this is actually just a scratch sheet that Mike Shaw--one of the painters at Adobe--has created. Kind of ironic that his scratch paper looks better than some of my paintings, but I just wanted to show you sort of the different options here. Look, he's done some more illustrative things-- you can see the paint splat that we did in the last episode. Here we've got a more surreal image, and all of these, of course, were created using the Mixer brush. This image happens to be from scratch as is this one. All right, excellent. Now, how do we go about doing this? Well, let's switch over to this image right here. I'm going to go ahead and hide Mini Bridge for now. Let's just close this. The thing that was exciting to me about the Mixer Brush tool is not the concept of painting from scratch, because I can't do that, but what excited me was the ability to actually turn a photograph into a painting. So here we can see I have an image; it's multi-layered. I've got an image of the background here; in fact, let's look at my layers panel. I've got my figure in the foreground which was just a mannequin, obviously, in a store window. I've got this mountain and I've got an ocean that we can see right down here. So for me, it's really interesting to actually make a painting out of these images because otherwise, I'm not sure that there's really anything I could do with this image. I mean, it's got the reflections in it, it's got the person down here walking by. But by using the new Mixer brush, I can go ahead and make some really cool changes, so let's set it up. I'm going to show my Brushes panel. I'm going to get off the Scatter brush and I'm actually going to choose one of the Natural Media Brush Tips, such as this one. I want thin bristles and I want a few of them, so let's grab about that many of them, and a little bit smaller of a brush, and now what we can do is simply start painting. And as I start painting here, you can see that I'm mixing these brushes together. I'm loading purple right now and I might not want to do that, so if I don't want to load it, I'll just turn off the icon here. The other thing that really helps is the ability to rotate my canvas. So all I did was I held down the "r" key there, and in order to rotate your canvas, as the "r" key is pressed, you can simply click and drag to rotate it. So that's going to help me, and because I've got the spring-loaded cursors, when I let go of the "r" key, it's going to automatically bring me back to the tool it is that I'm using. So because I'm not loading any colors here, all I'm really doing is I'm simply mixing the colors that are already there. But what that's going to do is it's going to allow me to form the fabric shape here without having all of those reflections in the background. All right, now I'm not going to bore you to death and actually paint this entire image. What I've done is I've actually done a time lapse image so what you're seeing on the screen right now is actually a sped-up version of actually painting this. So as you can see, I've painted on different layers. That's one of the huge benefits of Photoshop, right? Is having the ability to use layers and masking? I've actually painted the mountains, and now we can see that I'm painting the ocean there and I'm actually kind of accentuating it a little bit more just for the mood. I've kind of made it look like it's a little foggy there at the horizon, and then we can go ahead and mask out all that building and distraction from the original image of the wedding gown, and then we can go ahead and take out the little bicycle and just fill that in nicely. So obviously there are a lot of you that are going to be watching this video that have way better painting skills than I do, but I have to admit this is probably one of the most exciting new features in Photoshop CS5 for me. I'm just having a ton of fun with it and I'm sure you will, too. So thanks for joining me. My name's Julieann Kast. I'll see you next time on The Complete Picture. [♪music♪] [ADOBE TV PRODUCTIONS]

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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 6, 2010

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost covers the Mixer Brush, one of the new painting features in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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