262 - Painterly Brush Strokes in Photoshop ~

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Learn About:

Quick Select Tool

Brush Opacity

 

  •   This tutorial is an introduction to downloading and installing Brushes.

  •   Remember: Always Be Creative! Try different things!

  •   This tutorial is part of the Monster Mesh and the In Your Face Projects.


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Step #1: Open Your Project in PhotoShop ~

If you are currently working on a Photoshop project, open YOUR PROJECT!

movie poster drawing example

 


If you don't have a project you can use, then make a blank document the same size - but remember: these tutorials are intended to be used ON YOUR PROJECTS.

Get the Quick Select Tool

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… and select an area of your composition you need to color.

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Sometimes you select too much and you need to remove that area, so click Subtract from selection in the menu bar …

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… and use it to deselect areas you don't want to color right now.

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Step #2: Select your Color ~

Get the Eye Dropper Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (i) …

eye dropper tool

… select your color from the background …

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… and then change the color - slightly darker or lighter, depending on your tastes …

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Step #3: Set up your brushes ~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

brush tool

Set your Brush to a Hard Edged small brush …

hard round brush

… lower the Opacity of the brush to around 20%.


Step #5: Shape Dynamics ~

Hit F5 or click on the Toggle the Brushes panel button.

toggle the brushes panel.

Click Shape Dynamics …

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Set the Jitter Control to Fade.

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Set the number of Steps for the fade …

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Then open Texture

texture brush dynamics

Then add some textures …

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Pick a brush texture that looks interesting to you …

pick a brush texture


Step #6: New Layers ~

Go to: Layer > New > Layer

new layer

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift +N

cmd key + shift key + n kye

… and hit OK.

hit OK

Fill the new layer with white so you can see what you're doing by going to: Edit > Fill …

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Then make ANOTHER NEW LAYER to: Layer > New > Layer … above that …

another new layer

… and begin painting on the top layer.

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Cover every part of your composition with brush elements created in Photoshop.


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save and attach your background, and continue working …


Learn About Shape Dynamics and the Brush Tip by Watching this Video

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