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Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush Tips in 10 Minutes or Less

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush Tips in 10 Minutes or Less

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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    • 1. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush tips in 10 minutes - Intro

    • 2. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Brush Tips

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About This Class

Photoshop for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn ten awesome brush tips in 10 minutes or less. You'll learn to use Copyright brushes, set up multicolor brushes and brushes that paint with texture. You will learn to save brush setups, how to make and save your own brush files and much more. This is an example of another tip - brushing along a drawn path:


More in the Photoshop for Lunch™ series:

10 Photoshop Pattern Tips and Techniques - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Circle Patterns - Step by step seamless repeat patterns - A Photoshop for Lunch™ class

Creative Layer Styles in Photoshop - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Make Patterns from Sketches & Digital Art - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Blend Tips in 10 minutes 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush Tips in 10 Minutes or Less

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Photoshop Tips in 10 minutes (or less)

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Selection tips in 10 minutes (or less)

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 3 Exotic Patterns - Shapes, Paths, Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 4 Most Important File Formats - Choose & Save As: jpg, png, pdf, psd

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Abstract Glowing Backgrounds

Photoshop for Lunch™ - B&W, Tints & Isolated Color Effects - Adjustment Layers, Masks & Opacity

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Bend Objects with Puppet Warp

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Clean & Color Scanned Line Art

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Color a Scanned Sketch - Blends, Brushes, Layer Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Color a Sketch with a Texture - Masks, Dodge/Burn, Hue/Saturation 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Complex Pattern Swatches

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Complex Selections Made Easy - Master Refine Edge & Select and Mask

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Color Scheme Graphic

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Custom Character Font

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Mandala - Template, Rotation, Texture, Gradients, Pen, and Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Reusable Wreath Design

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create an Award Badge and Ribbon - Shapes, Warp, Rotate  

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Backgrounds for Projects - Halftones, Sunburst, Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Complex Half Drop Repeating Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create HiTech HUD Rings - Repeat transform, Filters & Textures

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Mockups to Use and Sell - Blends, Smart Objects, Effects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Organic Patterns - Pen, Offset Filter, Free Transform and More

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Plaid (Tartan) Repeat Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Text on a Path - Paths, Type, Pen tool

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create the Droste Effect with Photoshop and an Online Tool 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Critters with Character - Pen Free, One Color Designs

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Curly Bracket Frames - Shapes, Paths, Strokes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Cutout & Frame Photos - Clipping Mask, Layer Mask, Rotation, Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Demystifying the Histogram - Understand & Correct images with it

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Double Exposure Effect - Masks, Blends, Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Draw a Fantasy Map - Brushes, Patterns, Strokes & Masks

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Emboss and Deboss Text and Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Folded Photo Effect - Gradients, Guides, Stroke, Drop Shadow 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - From Ho Hum to WOW - Everyday Photo-editing Made Easy

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Get Your File Size Right Every Time - Size Images for Web & Print 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Glitter Text, Shapes and Scrapbook Papers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Grab Bag of Fun Text Effects - Fonts, Clipping Masks, Actions & More

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Grid Collage for Social Media - Clipping masks, Shapes & Layer Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Hi-tech Mosaic Effect - Brushes, Patterns & Pixelization 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - In the Footsteps of Warhol - Create Awesome Animal Images

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Intro to Photoshop Actions

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Isometric Cube Patterns - Shapes, Repeat patterns, Smart Objects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Collage Effect - Layers, Layer Styles, Gradients,

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Layers and Layer Masks 101 for photographs and photographers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell a Shapes Collection

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell Photoshop Brushes - Brushes, Templates, Preset

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell Scrapbook Designs - Formats, Files, Marketing Materials

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Use Photo Brushes - Brushes, Masks, Watercolors

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make a Photo Collage for Social Media - Masks, Selections & Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make and Sell Geometric Overlays for Social Media - Shape, Transform, Fills

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make Custom Shapes - Combine, Exclude, Intersect & Subtract

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Making Kaleidoscopes - Rotation, Reflection & Smart Objects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Metaball Patterns - Structured and Organic

Photoshop for Lunch™ - More Patterns - Diagonal Stripes, Chevrons, Plaid, Colorful Polkadots 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Overlapping and Random Circles Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Paint a Photo in Photoshop - Art History, Color, Texture

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pattern Bombing Effect - Patterns, Selections, Mask, Warp, Vanishing Point

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pattern Making - Seamless Repeating Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Patterns as Photo Overlays for Social Media 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Photo Texture Collage - Gradient Map, Blending & Textures

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Photoshop Inking Techniques

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Preparing images for Social Media, Blogs and eBooks

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Recolor Objects without Making Selections - Master Color Change Tools

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Recolor Pattern Techniques

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Remove Unwanted Objects & Tourists from Photos

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Reusable Video Glitch Effect - Use Channels, Shear, Displacement Map & Noise

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Seamlessly Blend Two Images - Masks, Content Aware Fill

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Set up Colors, Tints and Shades for Working Smarter in Photoshop

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Sketches & Brushes to Whimsical Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Snapshot to Art - 3 Photo Effects - Faux Orton, Gradient Map, Tritone

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Surreal Collage Effect - Paths, Cloning, Warp, Blend 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Text Over Image Effects - Type, Glyphs & Layers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Turn a Photo into a Pattern - Selection, Filter, Pattern Swatch

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Upside Down Image Effect - Masks, Selections, Flip Images

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Using Illustrator Objects in Photoshop - Files, Smart Objects, Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Using the Scripted Patterns Tool in Photoshop

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Valentine's Day Inspired Hearts

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Vintage Image Cutout Effect - Selections, Drop Shadows, Transparency

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Rotated Patterns 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs using Displacement Maps

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textures for Drawings

Photoshop Type Basics - Tips Tricks and Techniques - a Photoshop for Lunch™ class

Using Textures in Photoshop - A Photoshop for Lunch™ class



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Helen Bradley

Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Illustrator for Lunch™, Photoshop for Lunch™, Procreate for Lunch™ and ACR & Lightroom for Lunch™ series of courses. Each course is just the right length to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. The projects are designed to reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush tips in 10 minutes - Intro: Hello. I'm Helen Bradley, welcome to this episode of Photoshop for Lunch 10 in 10, 10 brush tips in 10 minutes or less. Every Photoshop for Lunch class teaches a small number of Photoshop techniques and you'll get an opportunity to practice your new skills when completing your class project. Today, we're quite simply looking at 10 Photoshop brush tips in 10 minutes or less, and these are suitable for beginner to intermediate Photoshop users. There's plenty of variety here from creating your own brushes to painting in circles, in color, and painting with texture. As you're watching these videos, you'll see a prompt which let's you recommend this class to others please. If you're enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up, and secondly, write just a few words about why you are enjoying this class so that you can help other students to determine that this is a class that they too might like to take. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so, I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. So now without further ado, let's have a look at 10 Photoshop brush tips in 10 minutes or less. 2. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Brush Tips: Before we start with our 10 tips, I just want to recap some of the basics of brushes just to make sure that we're on the same page. You can get to the brushes in Photoshop, clicking the brushes option here, click the down-pointing arrow next to the brush, and you can select any of the brushes that are currently installed. Some of these brushes will paint more like paintbrushes, and others are stamp like brushes such as this leaf here. When you click on a brush, you can adjust its size, and if it has a hardness setting, you can adjust hardness as well. Then you'll just click to paint with that brush. There are other brushes shipped with Photoshop that you can install via this dialog. Click the gear icon and you can attach any of these shipped with Photoshop brushes. I'm going to add the square brushes and I'm going to append them because I don't want to lose the existing brushes. I just want to add them at the end. If you download and install brushes into Photoshop, then you can load these brushes. So here I have a panel of a number of brushes that I have downloaded. I'm going to select these, click "Load". They're loaded into Photoshop and I can now use them. They happen to be stamp brushes. So I can just click to brush them into my document. I'm assuming that you're familiar, at least with that level of use of brushes in Photoshop. Tip number 1, make your own brushes from anything. You can make brushes from just about anything in Photoshop. They are going to be black and white anywhere where there's black or gray. The brush is going to paint anywhere there's pure white, it will be transparent. I've isolated this car and turned it into black and white. I'm going to choose "Select All". Edit, Define Brush Preset. I'm just going to make it red car, and I'll press "Okay". To use your brush because it's now added to your brushes pallet, you'll just go to the brushes tool. In later versions of Photoshop, it will be automatically selected. In earlier versions, you'll find it at the bottom of the panel here. It can be sized like any other brush. All you'll do is just click in your document to paint with it. If you're creating more brush type brushes, then you would obviously paint with longer strokes. There are physical limits to the size of brushes that you can use in Photoshop, and here they are. If you try and make a brush that is too big for your version of Photoshop, the option will be grayed out. You won't get a warning. So you just need to understand that that's probably what the problem is. Resize your document and try again. Tip number 2, signature and copyright brushes. It's an easy Photoshop task to create a copyright brush like this. You'll just want to make sure that all the content is on a separate layer so that you can isolate it from the background. To create it as a brush, just select all the content and create it as a brush preset. In a similar way, you could scan a signature, isolate the signature from the background, and make that into a brush. I have an image that I'm going to use here. I have my brush already selected, but in earlier versions of Photoshop, you can pick it up from the very end of your brushes panel. All I need to do is to click to add my copyright to a photograph or another document. Tip 3, save brushes to an external file. While the brushes that you create in Photoshop are going to stay in Photoshop, there are some circumstances in which you could lose them. If you're forced to open Photoshop and lose your preferences file, they will disappear. So too will they disappear if when you select to add some brushes to Photoshop, you don't choose the append option. If you choose replace, then you'll lose any of these brushes. If you want to save them permanently so you can't lose them, you'll save them to an external file by choosing edit and then presets, preset manager. From the preset type drop-down list, select brushes and then go and select the brushes that you want to save. Click "Save Set", type a name for your brushes file, and click "Save". Click "Done". You're brushes are now saved to an external.abr file. This is the kind of file that not only can you reload the brushes into Photoshop, but you can also share it with others. Tip number 4, the myth of the 100 percent hard brush. I have a brush selected here and it looks like it has really, really hard edges. But when I paint on it, you'll see that there's some anti-aliasing. The edges are softened. Now, the same thing happens when I choose a circular brush and make sure the hardness is set to 100 percent. It again is going to have some anti-aliasing along the edges to soften the edges. When you need a very, very hard edge brush, then the brush tool isn't the tool to use. Swing over instead to the pencil tool. When you choose a brush with the pencil tool, you'll find that it paints with very, very hard edges. Even the circular brushes with a 100 percent hardness now take on very hard edges. So if you're doing things like creating pixel art, then the pencil tool is a much better tool to use than a brush is. Tip 5, paint with multi-colored brushes. It's possible to paint with multi-colored brushes in Photoshop. I have some foreground and background colors selected. The brush I'm using is the leaf brush that's shipped with Photoshop. I'm going to open the brushes panel, which you can also get to by choosing window, and then brushes. We're going to color dynamics. Now it's a foreground to background data that allows you to change from painting with the foreground color to painting with a mix of the two. You can adjust this to whatever value you like to get some mix between the foreground and background colors. Hue jitter allows you to adjust the hues that you're using. So at the very high level, you're effectively throwing out the colors that you started off with, and just using practically any color in the spectrum. With saturation duty, you are going to vary the saturation of your brush as you paint. Somewhere between the two is probably a happy medium. For brightness duty, you can adjust the brightness of the brush strokes as you go, and jitter obviously means that it's going to be adjusted independently for each brush, so you're going to get a variety. For purity, you'll probably want something like a 100 percent purity, because minus 100 percent purity just removes the color entirely. Tip 6, brush in a straight line. I've got a snowflake brush here that I'm painting with, and in the brushes panel, I went to brush tip shape and I've increased the size of it, but also increased the spacing so that these are going to brush as individual snowflakes. To brush in a straight line, I'm going to click where I want the first brush stroke to be, and then I'm going to shift click where I want the line to end. To continue this, I'm going to add my first brush stroke by clicking and then shift click to create the end one. Click, Shift, click, click, Shift, click. When I'm done, I'm just going to turn off my guidelines. Tip 7, brush along a path. I have a simple path created here in Photoshop, and I'm going to select a brush. I'm going to my brushes tool. I'm going to select my snowflake brush that I've been using. Just double-check on its settings here. So I'm going to increase the spacing a little bit for this brush. Once I have the brush setup and the color selected, I'm going to the past palette. With the work path selected, I can click here to stroke the path with my brush. You can also do this with a circle. You just may need to experiment as you're seeing here, with the spacing of the brush or the sizing of the brush to get perfect alignment around your circle. Tip 8, texture a brush as you paint. I'm opening up the brushes panel here. I've got just a regular circular brush selected, but I've increased the spacing. So it's just going to paint like this without any additions. But I want to texture it, so I'm going to click on "Texture." From the drop-down list, I can select a texture that's included in Photoshop or a pattern, and I can also get two additional textures by selecting them here. Now, you will probably see very little happening with your brush at this stage until you change the mode. I'm switching this to multiply. You can see now that the texture is starting to be applied to the brush, and it really is just a case of now going through these adjustment sliders and just saying what they do. So scale is going to enlarge my texture. I hook my depth at a 100 percent because I don't particularly like the effect at lower values. You can see we're seeing more of the original brush. I like my texture to eat away at my brush. But there are other options here such as contrast and brightness, which will also help you create interesting effects. These texture options can be applied to pretty much any brush in Photoshop. Tip 9, save brush setups using presets. If I've gone to quite a bit of trouble to create this brush, I may want to save it as a preset so I can get back to it at any time. With the brush all setup and selected, I'm going here to the flyout panel on the brushes palette. I'm going to choose New Brush Preset. I'll call this round textured brush and click "Okay". In future, I can get to this brush from the presets panel. Now I created some brushes earlier, and these are saved as presets. I can select any one of these, go to the brush, and then just paint on the document because everything including the brush size has been saved with the preset. These are going to be available anytime I come and open up Photoshop. Tip 10, auto fading brushstrokes. I have a brush selected here and when I draw it, it looks pretty much like this. There are some options in Photoshop and Shape Dynamics that let you fade out the brush. What you're going to do is set the control here to fade and then put a value in here. The value determines how much the brush gets painted before it fades out. A smaller value, it's going to fade out more quickly size-wise. There's also an option called transfer. It might be called other dynamics in your version of Photoshop. If you set this control to fade, then the end of the brush is going to fade out as well. Again, this has a value that is going to determine how much you need to paint before it will fade out. Your class project is to create an awesome brush in Photoshop, and to provide an image of your brush at work. This is a brush that I created. Now I just want to show you something briefly with this because it's got a fade on it, both a size fade and an opacity fade. But you can see that because I'm using color dynamics, it's drawing each circle a different color. Now, if I disable the apply per tip coloring in the color dynamics area, I'm going to get a painting true color. This is one kind of brush that you could create as an awesome brush. I'm going to leave it up to you to create a brush of your choice. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learned something about working with brushes in Photoshop. As you are watching this class, you will have seen a prompt which lets to recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoyed the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up. Secondly, write just a few words about why you enjoyed the class. These recommendations help other students to see that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name's Helen Bradley. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Photoshop for Lunch 10 in 10, brush tips. I look forward to seeing you in our upcoming episode of Photoshop for Lunch soon.