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Library: Creative Design

 

Craft rich textures with Faux Finish Brushes

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:10 am EST

 

If your challenge is to enhance a photo or create an illustration, don’t overlook the series of Faux Finish Brushes presets that come with Photoshop. They off er the potential to achieve rich textures and add dimension to your next piece, as illustrated in FIGURE A. Whether you paint with a mouse or stylus, you can achieve great results with these brushes. In fact, the faux fi nish brushes lend themselves to looser strokes, and therefore, are very forgiving for mouse painters. So put on your creative hat and let’s get painting!


Faux Finish Brushes
The Faux Finish Brushes presets are accessible through the Brushes palette and the Brush tool options bar. We’ll load them through the Brushes palette, but it works the same either way. You may or may not have them loaded, so we’ll load them and then take a closer look at them.

ALERT: In the following steps we’re going to replace our existing brushes with just the Faux Finish Brushes, to minimize confusion in our palette. If you don’t want to replace your set, click Append instead of OK in the following step 4. Or, if you prefer, save your current set before you begin, and then reload it in later.

To load the Faux Finish brush presets:
1. Choose the Brush tool from the toolbox.
2. Select Window > Brushes to display the Brushes palette.
3. Choose Faux Finish Brushes from the Brushes palette’s pop-up menu.
4. Click OK in the resulting Adobe Photoshop dialog box, asking if you want to “Replace current brushes with the brushes from Faux Finish Brushes.abr?” This way we have only the Faux Finish brushes in our palette, as shown in FIGURE B.

If you want to display the name of your brushes rather than a thumbnail, simply choose Text Only from the Brushes palette’s pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can select Large List to show a large icon of the brushstroke, alongside the name of the brush.

NOTE: You...