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Maximize your airbrush technique with these Brushes palette settings

Added on Thursday 22nd of June 2006 06:34 am EST


Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Photoshop offers the power of pressure sensitivity with a wide range of tools—but you need a pressure sensitive device like a stylus and tablet to take advantage of that power. One tool in particular is the brush tool, specifically with the airbrush option enabled. By design, airbrush painting revolves around pressure sensitivity. If you have a drawing tablet, there are a few extra settings you can benefit from when setting up your airbrush options.


Pick the perfect brush

The Brushes palette extends the functionality of the brush-based tools in Photoshop. While the settings we’ll describe here don’t offer much for mouse users, they’ll certainly come in handy if you’re airbrushing with a stylus. To access the Brushes palette, choose Window > Brushes. Choose a soft-round brush and select the Airbrush option. If you have any other settings checked, turn them off, and then enable the following settings to suit your needs.


Shape Dynamics

Click on the words “Shape Dynamics” to select the check box and display the options. The Size Jitter option varies the size of your brush tip depending on the setting you choose from the pop-up menu. If you’re using a pressure sensitive stylus, simply choose Pen pressure from the Size Jitter pop-up menu and set the percentage to 0 as we have in Figure A.


Other Dynamics

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