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Using brushes in Adobe Photoshop Ep1233 Adobe Photoshop for Beginners with English subtitles   Complain

hello and welcome to this video tutorial

gara Thea from tasty cheese calm in

Photoshop one of the most creative tools

is the brush tool as you create in

Photoshop you will find the brush tool

being used in all sorts of creative

scenarios such as drawing painting

erasing refining creating textures and

masks in this tutorial I hope you

introducing you to the brush tool

demonstrating how it works and giving

you some tips on what to look out for

when using it so to follow along with

this video you will need to open this

document I have prepared especially for

this tutorial this document can be found

in the essential practice folder in the

project folder now you can download this

project folder for free the download

link is in the description so with the

project folder open click essential

practice open the brushes folder and

open the brushes PSD then you should

have something that looks like this now

along the way I will be mentioning some

useful shortcut keys which you can find

in the description and on the shortcut

key page in the project PDF which you

can also download in the description so

in this tutorial I will be referencing

and using specific panels to follow

along you will need your brush panel and

your brush presets panel visible if you

cannot see your panels simply come up to

window and select the brush and the

brush presets panel from there now for

the sake of this tutorial I'm just going

to drag them out of my panel set on the

right so you can see exactly what I'm

doing here notice that currently these

panels are grayed out these panels are

currently inactive and that is because I

currently have the move tool active so

the brush tool can be found in the main

menu about a third of the way down now

you can either select the brush tool

from the menu or use the keyboard

shortcut by pressing B on the keyboard

you can quickly activate the brush tool

it's important to mention at this point

that if you wish to use the brush tool

you will first need an existing layer to

work on or create a new layer for your

new brush stroke

in this case if we look in the layers

panel I have this layer called practice

layer currently this is a transparent

layer and we know this because we can

see the grid texture in the image

thumbnail so I'll select this layer for

now now a prompt pressing B to activate

the brush tool notice the brush panels

have now become active so before we look

at using the brush tool I'm going to

first touch on what these panels are so

you understand how these will work later

so the first panel here is the brush

presets panel now this panel is like

your pencil case this panel contains a

variety of brushes you can use the nice

thing about this panel is that it's a

good visual reference giving you a good

idea of what effect a particular brush

will make should you use it when you

install Photoshop it will come with a

wide range of brushes pre-installed as

we scroll down in this panel we can see

the variety we have on offer to activate

the brush simply select one to change

the size of the brush you can simply

toggle the size on the top of the panel

like so so with the brush tool active

you will notice the mouse cursor change

with the brush tool active it will

display what type of brush you have

currently selected and what size in the

form of a thin outline this here is

giving you a good visual indication of

what you're about to use for example

I'll select a hard run brush and set the

size to 40 pixels if I move my mouse

into the white area the canvas area I

can see what size the brushes

represented by a circle outline as the

cursor now I'll come over to my

foreground color and make sure this is

black then if I click and draw quickly I

can see that the mouse cursor shows a

good representation of what the result

will be I'll just press command Z to

undo that if I come back into the brush

preset panel and push the size up to 200

then move my mouse cursor into the white

area the canvas area we can see a bigger

outline this is Photoshop telling me

that this is how big the brush is going

to be next

so I'll click and draw and we can see

that a bigger brush I'll just press

command Z to undo that this time I'll

come into the brush presets panel I'll

scroll down and select a different kind

of brush a chalk brush I'll push the

brush size up move my mouse cursor into

the canvas area here we can see a very

different brush from the last if I click

and paint like so we can see the effect

that brush has so the first thing to

remember with the brush tool when the

tool is active the mouse cursor will

always display the brush and the brush

size you're about to use this comes in

very handy so next we have the brush

panel now this panel works to customize

a particular brush we have selected up

in the top right here we have a

reference to all the brushes contained

in the brush presets panel and over on

the left here we have quite a variety of

settings we can toggle to change the

nature of a brush and we shall be

getting into that a little later in this

video so it's important to know that

these two panels go hand-in-hand with

each other notice as I select a brush

from the brush preset panel we are

loading these details into the brush

panel below now when using the brush

tool it's also important to keep an eye

on the control panel so at this point

I'm going to close the brush preset and

the brush panel so we can no longer see

them now I have just demonstrated how

important these panels are to choose a

brush and potentially customize a brush

but we can also do this up in the

control panel very quickly and easily we

don't necessarily need the two panels

visible at all times to do this when you

have the brush two active you will

notice the control panel will display a

variety of details regarding the current

brush selected as a beginner in the

control panel the main things you need

to pay attention to are the brush preset

toggle here we can see at a glance which

brush we have selected and at what size

now if we wish to change the active

brush we can do so swiftly by clicking

on the

drop down from here we can choose any

brush we like just like in the brush

presets panel on this occasion I'll

select a hard rounded brush now also in

the menu we can tweak the brush size I

can either click and drag the handle or

click inside the value and type in a

precise value next to this on the

control panel we have an icon that looks

like a folder now if we click this this

will activate the brush panel as

mentioned earlier it's this panel we can

use to toggle the current brush settings

I'll close this for now we will be

coming back to this shortly the last big

one we have to pay attention to is

opacity when using the brush tool it's

crucial to pay attention to this if this

is set to anything other than 100% when

you draw you will have transparency now

this can be very useful depending on

your task so remember when using the

brush tool always keep an eye on the

control panel and it's from there you

can customize your brush settings

quickly so now let's take a look at this

exercise document I have open here I

have a number of brush strokes I have

previously created in various colors we

have stamps a freehand stroke a straight

line appointed line and a custom brush

so let's have a go at creating these

over on the right this will be a simple

exercise just to get to grips with the

basics of using the brush tool so first

we are going to create these stamps so

here we have six simple stamps of

various brush sizes so we are going to

start with the hard brush set to 20

pixels now before you use the brush tool

you will need an existing layer to work

on or create a new layer for your new

brush stroke so I have just been

demonstrating the brush on the practice

layer in the layers panel but now I'm

going to create a new layer specifically

for each brush type so with the practice

layer selected in the layers panel I'll

just press command shift end to create a

new layer I'll call this stamps and

click ok so I'll press B to activate the

brush tool I'll come up into the control

pad

you click on the brush preset panel and

make sure to select a hard brush now I'm

simply going to click into the size area

with my mouse and type 20 then I'll

simply press ENTER on the keyboard so

now I can see I have the right brush I

can see the mouse cursor displaying the

right brush size in the document area

next I'll make sure the opacity is set

to 100% now I am ready to come over and

click on the guide but before that I

want to change the color of the brush

notice in the menu the foreground color

is currently set to black now up here in

the top right I have a color palette and

this will be where we can source our

color so I'll press e on the keyboard to

activate the eyedropper tool I'll select

the blue color from the sample and now

my foreground color has been set to blue

now I'll press B again to activate the

brush tool in Photoshop when you set a

brush then use other tools when you come

back to the brush tool Photoshop will

remember your last brush so here we are

back to our hard brush at 20 pixels

excellent so next I'm simply going to

come over to the guide and click once

easy by clicking once we will create a

small solid circle as the brush is a

hard rounded brush so next I'm going to

create a stamp at 60 pixels now this

time instead of coming all the way back

up to the control panel if I right click

on the mouse up or prop the brush

presets panel this is a quick way to

select or edit a brush fast so in the

pop-up menu I can type into the size

value and type in 60 pixels and then

press Enter

now unless I change anything else all my

other settings should be the same as

before and my foreground color is still

set to blue so I'll just click on the

next circle in the guide easy next I'll

change my brush size to 150 again I'll

right click and type in 150 press Enter

and click on the guide and there we have

three stamps in various sizes in the

hard brush

so that's how you can quickly change the

brush size to create various size

circles very simple so next to this hard

brush sample we can see we have a

different kind of brush with my brush

still set up 150 pixels I'll right-click

and change the brush to a soft rounded

brush I'll come over and click on the

next guide so in Photoshop we also have

this nice soft feathered brush this

brush can come in very useful for soft

brush effects glows and gradient effects

all of which we will be learning about

later in the course now unlike the hard

brush that they solid throughout this

feathered brush

fades to nothing from the center of the

circle out to the end across the radius

the hard rounded brush and the soft

rounded brush are the two basic brushes

so I'll right click change the brush to

sixty pixels and again quickly click on

the next guide and lastly one more time

but this time change the brush to 20 and

click on the end like so so now I have

these brush stamps I just created on a

single layer

if I press V to activate the move tool I

can click and drag these around like so

easy so next I'm going to look at using

the brush tool in a freehand way so the

Frog ground color is still set to blue

and I'm going to press I to activate the

eyedropper tool and I will select the

purple app on the right to set my

foreground color to the new color like

so great so currently I have the soft

rounded brush still active from the

previous task well that's okay as for

this task I want to use a 50 pixel soft

rounded brush so I'll right click change

my brush size and next I'll attempt to

draw a freehand stroke over my guide

here on the left but before that I want

to create a new layer now I don't have

to create a new layer I could simply

continue to draw on the stamps layer but

if I do so I will not have the

flexibility to move them around

separately so I'll press command shift

end

to create a new layer I'll call this new

layer freehand and click OK so with my

new layer created I'll click and draw a

freehand stroke over the guide if I

press V I can again move this layer

around separately nice so up until now

we have looked at how the brush tool can

create stamps and be used in a freehand

manner next I want to demonstrate some

techniques with some keyboard commands

so next we have a straight line here in

some creative instances you may need to

create a straight line when using the

brush tool we can do this rather easily

so first let's set up the brush for this

I'm going to use a hard rounded brush

set to 20 pixels I'll press I to use the

eyedropper tool to select the green

color I'll press command shift n to

create a new layer and then this

straight line ok so this time I'm going

to first place my mouse cursor at the

start location this being the beginning

of my guide here on the left now I'm

going to press and hold shift on the

keyboard and then click once to put down

a starting point with shift still held

on the keyboard I'll move my mouse

cursor over to the right and click once

at the end like so upon click I will

draw a straight line so by pressing and

holding shift on the keyboard

when using the brush tool you can click

once then click again and wherever you

click it will join them seamlessly ok so

for the next task I'm going to use the

same principle but take it one step

further so I'll change my brush color to

red I'll change my brush size to 5 I'll

create a new layer and call this point

and come over and focus on the new task

so this time I'll move my mouse cursor

over where I would like to begin I'll

press and hold shift just like before

I'll click once to start move my mouse

to the next point and click again to

create a seamless

line this time I'll keep the shift

button held down on the keyboard then

I'll move to the next point and click

once more and the line will continue

seamlessly I'll still keep shift held

down and continue to click once again

and again until I move to the very end

like so so by holding shift not only can

you create a seamless line stroke in a

straight line but you can continue to

click and draw straight seamless lines

however long you like simply release

shift to finish so the last task I would

like to demonstrate and for you to have

a go at is a custom brush up until now

we have been using rather simple brushes

to experiment with simple stroke effects

now in Photoshop you can customize a

brush quite drastically so I'm going to

create a new layer and call this custom

brush I'll use the eyedropper tool to

pick the orange from the color reference

to change the foreground color I'll

press B to activate the brush tool and

I'm going to keep the brush size set at

20 pixels but this time I'm going to

click on the folder icon next to the

preset up in the control panel

upon click this will activate the brush

panel now remember earlier I mentioned

this is where we can customize the

settings of a particular brush so let's

take a look at how we can customize a

brush so at first glance we can see

there are a lot of things we can toggle

for this example I'm first going to

start with this spacing so I'll click

and drag this like so as I drag left and

right this will toggle the smoothness of

the stroke line now if we keep in mind

that a brush is made of a simple unit

and replicated seamlessly to create a

single line if we alter properties such

as the spacing we will begin to treat

each unit separately to create an

interesting outcome on this occasion I'm

going to push this right up to 350

percent now on the left here we have

some more categories we can toggle so

I'll click on shape dynamics I'll push

size jitter up to 70% I'll push the

angle

up to 70% and I'll push the roundness

jitter to 70% so these will randomize

the size angle and roundness of each

individual unit in the brush next I'll

click on scattering now I'll push

scatter right up to 960 percent I'll

toggle the count to 3 and toggle the

count jitter to 20% so here I have

toggled the potential value to scatter

each unit and how many units will be

generated

so with that I'll come to my guide click

on the left at the start point and draw

to the right upon release

I can click and draw back over the left

on top and draw more here we have this

interesting effect so by toggling the

various brush settings we can get some

interesting results now should I wish to

keep my settings for this brush to use

again in future I can simply save the

brush settings to save a new brush I can

come back into the brush panel come to

the top right of the panel and click on

the top menu icon from the drop-down

I'll select new brush preset upon click

a menu will appear where I can name the

brush I'll call this brush scatter brush

and click OK now if I come into the

brush presets panel and scroll down to

the bottom we can see the new brush so

this will be here to use again and again

in future excellent so that is a brief

introduction to brushes in Adobe

Photoshop be sure to practice those

exercises and explore more brushes in

the brushes panel now in Photoshop not

only can you customize a brush but you

can also create a custom brush from

scratch if you would like to learn how

to create a custom brush you can watch

another video where I demonstrate this

simply click the screen you can also

find the link in the description or in

the course PDF document in the

additional training section in this

video we learnt about the brush tool and

how we could use it to create in the

next video we will be seeing an example

of how the brush tool can be used to

refine and manipulate images

Photoshop in the next video we will be

looking at techniques to erase and

manipulate images in Photoshop see you

in the next video

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