Working with Brushes & Palettes - Part 1


Painting With Adobe® Photoshop®


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Working with Brushes & Palettes - Part 1

Well, we left off in photo shot we'd finally made it into photo shopped for class on painting and photoshopped we had yet to actually go into photoshopped and, um we had started also after our last break prior to this break talking about the presets and how to load them so I thought we would start again there and lead us up to this part where we're starting ready to put paint to paper as it were so I have uh, god as an example, the pattern stamp we're going to start off with the pattern stamp tool so that is selected over here on the left hand side hidden under the clone stamp tool I'm gonna come up here to my little options bar and I've tossed out all my presets just so we all start at the same place I already showed you where you can download the presets and un stuff that file and put them into the presets folder within photo shop when you do that, you're going to find the options such as the davis oil paint mixer brushes will use that tomorrow um and the wound pattern stand brushes ...

and art history brushes are to one's so um there are none here currently in my, um tool uh, options within the options bar within the pattern stamp tool I'm going to go to pattern stand brushes will say upend you could say ok and replace any brushes that are there? The problem is you may start making your own brushes, which is what I'm going to recommend your going to fine tune it you're going to change scale or size or whatever start naming your own brushes if you were to say okay, it would automatically throw away everything that you haven't saved the second I'll show you how you can save the brushes that you create, but for now getting in the habit of hitting upend is going to bring in all those brushes when we switch over to another tool I'm just going to go ahead and do that now I'm gonna jump over to the art history brush which has found under the regular history breath which has found right under the pattern stamp tool um go up there again this is the only default brush that's in there go up to the little gear, go down find wow in this case art history brushes hit, upend and theirs are all there. Okay? Last but not least since I'm already here you may go down to the mixer brush that's found where they regular brush tool is over here on the left hand side down the bottom mixer brush it like all the other tools and photoshopped all of these tools have what are known as the tool options in the upper left hand corner click these are the ones that are built into photo shop. Um, they have extended that so in poor shop cc there better than they've been before, so remember that and then I'm gonna come over here and then this one is called for right now, the davis oil paint mixer brushes one. Okay, these are the beta ones that are, uh, that I'm giving to everybody whether you buy the class or not. Um, tomorrow we'll show some of the ones that you don't get. Nana nana? Nana um, but over here, we've got wow, basically a, b, c and d while brush oil detail oil, blender and oil solid color those the ones will use for the mixer brush mon yana. Okay, so with that, that is the, um, brushes. Let me before I forget show you how to save your brush is once you start making those and another way how you can even load presets because in photo shop, if you're going to edit there's presets and the preset manager so edit presets, preset manager is how you edit all the presets in photo shop except for actions. Actions are not, um, controlled via this menu don't ask me why they are worked through the actions, palate and saved through the actions palate and loaded through the actions palate but the priest said manager lets you basically go through all these different options of brushes, watches grady and styles patterns, et cetera including the tool presets that's what we just loaded so now those are all listed here once you save some bye again going back over here to the little bar we were at and clicking that little dog eared page icon that's what you'll save your own settings they will show up here in the pre set manager you can highlight is a matter of fact you may go you know these these five of jax I like the rest of garbage whatever you want to do throw away the adobe ones keep all mine whatever you're saving a set of actions, you select a range of presets in here and then you save those out as a set can you could do an individual one but you might as well save a set and then those will come in as a name just like the set you just loaded of mine you can have as many as you'd like in that set um as an example when you get into something like layer styles I do have a set of pre sets I do have ah product that actually cell called one click while presets that is on my site which includes all these brushes and includes hundreds of actions and patterns and textures those air called the one click while presets there at wow creative arts dot com wow creative arts dot com and they have twenty libraries of layer styles as an example and so those go through there really excellent for graphic design as well as photography so I organize my presets into basically libraries whether it's brushes or patterns or whatever if we go into our patterns um the wow this is just the sampler but I have natural media organic noise patterns also his pattern so you're gonna get in the habit of um creating your libraries of patterns I've purposely getting rid of mine here just so I don't show you things that I know that you guys don't have okay so that gets us we've got our image we've brought in we've enhanced it we've dialed it up to volume twelve yes I know it's hurting your eyes yes, I know you're your retinas are bleeding right now but that's what I do um your style will be different you will be the most subtle beautiful white bunny in the snow kind of you know beautiful watercolors mine are hawaiian polynesia psychedelic colors um let's take before we do the first pattern stamp technique or actually I think we may start off for that art history just because I mentioned to you that it's the simplest way of painting for shop let's look at um using some of these presets, azman frank let's, go ahead and we'll start with the art history brush. So the first topic that you're going to cover is painting with the art history brush in photo shop. It is mentioned in that pdf that's part of your download, the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to create a piece of paper or canvas for that I'm gonna paint on top of I mentioned before, out of the three ways of painting that we're going to cover the art history. The pattern stamp in the mixer brush each one of these has a different way of loading the photograph into the brush, as it were for the cloning process. The art history brush as we come over here, takes advantage of the history palette, so let's go over to the history palate. All we've done in the history palette so far is open up the document so there's on ly one step so far open if you've never been to the history palette as a default, it holds the last twenty things you've done to your file so you can undo basically it's your undo they're not saved with the document they disappear, the history states as they were disappear when you close the file and open it back up. As opposed to things like light room, which will stave everything you've ever done to every photograph forever, and you close like room and open it up, and you're history is still there. So this case we've got our photograph, what we want to do is take this photograph in this case, it's already been enhanced, and we want to load it into the art history brush and to do that, we need to make a snapshot now these if I were to come up here, it's actually puts, um, do a couple things just so you understand the art history brush, I'm going to go to the regular good old fashioned paintbrush, and we're going to come up here and create a new layer, and I'm gonna take a good old fashioned paintbrush and will fill it with black, and I'm going to go one, two, three, four, five when we look at our history states, those brush strokes each are recorded as a different history state, and I can use any one of these states to actually paint with with this history brush. That's what? This little column over here on the left hand side is for if you click on this column it's saying, ok, when you use the history brush, I'm going to use this status of the document. The practical use of something like this is what you could do is take a photograph, run something like a motion blur filter on it undo it that motion blur filter will be a step in your history step you'll say you know that step the one that you just undid use that to paint with you click on the step that had motion will just go ahead and do it I'm just gonna go ahead and do this right here we'll create a little a copy of it because you shouldn't ah lot of people do not know about the the history brush or what you can do with it so we'll just go filter blur and motion blur don't ask me why I have a moving you know hut, but so here is the motion blur in here we look at the history, you'll notice a notice that the motion blur is one of the steps I can, um actually come up here and that's we do that what we want to do is click on a step previous in the history of the document. In other words, I undid the motion blur and I can jump back through any one of these in the second you're going to see that I can't go back to those numbers being created so I step back in time but I said, you know what? What I'd really like for you to do is paint with that step so I can actually come up here and with the history brush even though I've been a sense undid this step when I paint I'm painting with that motion blur the benefit of this is one it lets you in case you make a mistake you go I didn't want to do it to everything could you please undo this area so I did too much of something I want to undo this area used to be four for liquefy was smart that would be something you could do with liquefy you could say I just want to undo a portion of it or anything of it and you always have whenever you open a document you always have the opening state of that document available so you could always paint with that so if you go I got a little carried away people would use the history brush instead of multiple layers because as an example I wouldn't necessarily have to create a layer with that motion blur I just motion blurred use the history palate jumped back up and then paint with it so it's a nice it was it's a nice will feature still works the same way. The little caveat to it is that these states as a default have as part of them the entire document all the layers and everything else associated with it so it's remembering if I have a twenty layer document every single one of these history states remembers all twenty layers if I come up here and I go you know what used this stage of the document but I want you to paint um at this point it may bark at you and say there's no corresponding layer I can't do this ha ha ha that's only in windows but uh no it doesn't say is actually was a very funny joke but we have to work on our delivery that was so um because you have all these different layers if you try and use something from the past and now that no longer that layer no longer exists in the present the history brush wouldn't work so all that's to say is we're going to go back to the opening of our document we want to do exactly that we want to tell the art history brush to use what we're currently looking at and again you can add more layers or adjustment layers to do it if you want to enhance the image you could do retouching since we're in photo shop we could remove the ugly red building whatever it is whatever is currently visible on your screen that you want you will rather than click on the column to the left that says I want to use that for my painting what you're going to want to dio is say new snapshot okay new snapshot and this is important because unless you go new snapshot you can't get two merged layers so the topic here is if you did the full document that's where it can do this I'm sorry there's no corresponding layer I can't do it you're asking me to use something in the past and there's no corresponding layer from you to work on in the present so when you make a snapshot and you say merge layers it says okay, I don't care anything about layers I don't care about anything else your jaffa channels or whatever whatever is currently visible I want you to make a snapshot and that way if you can use it to paint with no matter with you add layers of subtract layers anything else it's also nice again if you're doing something like filters, selective filtering or some selective dodging of burning something where you want to use the history brush, you can do it and so I'm going to come up here and we'll just say painting source and now let me get you in the habit of something really cool painting source medium medium what's that and you notice that it doesn't come up here in your history palette it never will run out there's only well after you get to twenty here this first one will disappear after I hit twenty that opened will no longer be an option I'll always have a snapshot up here this right here this snapshot is not part of my history states so it'll always stay there it's not save with the document so it's just part of this current session that I'm working on but I always have painting medium the nice thing about that if I come up here and let's say I'm going to do hey new adjustment later you'll notice because of the resolution I don't have access to the bottle my layers pallet that's why I'm not using those icons it's a little frustrating for me but I'm giving you the bigger icons which I like so I'm gonna go layer new adjustment layer will do something like brightness and contrast and I'll say that and now I can't cheat and bring up that so I'm going to say brighter and then when I go to the history palate, what am I going to do now want I want a color palette that's brighter so I can choose as an artist either paint with the sander atonality of the image or it's sometimes I'm going to want to come up here because I'm feeling like it I want to paint with lighter colors not part of the original now lighter pallet so what am I going to do if I want the option of having a color palette that's lighter to use in this art history sense? What am I going teo you guys, you're the only audience right now there's now a new snapshot I'm gonna come up here to do the same thing come up here new snapshot I'll say merged layers this is going to be painting source okay light and now I've got a light version and a dark version now I'm gonna come over here to this adjustment double click on it and I'm gonna do the same thing you'll notice that I don't have because I'm using this I don't need to create multiple layers because it's in saving it in the history so in this case I'm going to use the exact same one go to history do the same thing right here new snapshot make sure it's not false document merge layers and dark don't have capitals and now I've got everything that I need for my painting I've got three different palates like medium dark you could also do what as an artist a warm palette and a cool palette because an artist is going to take their shadows and your darks and you cool your shadows at a little purple tent to your shadows again another chicken skin moment right? You don't want to use a pure black in your paintings oftentimes you'll take a little purple and put them into it add a little color when you're doing expressive shadows warm up your highlights so you'll make a pallet you just add hugh saturation and at war mit or cool it and make another pallet this gives you absolute creative freedom as an artist, which is what you need that's why you're an artist, you need that I want it my way. This is giving you that ability to whine and cry and say, I want it my way, okay? And you do that as many times as you want every technique that I'm giving you either the art history brush or the pattern stamp of the mixer brush, she has the same concept create the pallets that you want to use, creating before you start, and that way, when you're ready to paint, you don't have to start and picks makes a new palette, you'll have one that's warm or cool or bright or dark. Um okay, you get the idea and I can now I can even throw away they, um delete that layer, okay, so I don't even need that because in this case, the history states will stay with it as long as the document is open. Okay, so I have actually now have three different versions of this photograph in my pen at my disposal. If I wanted next, I want to add a piece of paper let's do a dry brush, we're going to go right into kind of a freaky version of it the nice thing is is that we'll do a dry brush and a pastel just in about two seconds using this so I'm going to create a new layer and I'm going to say the layer, I'm new, but I'm going to do it a new phil layer, okay, normally where you find your adjustment layers at the top in your layers, palate, you'll find the first three or phil layers, so I'm going to say pattern. So now I'm going to start using patterns, and we're going to use this pattern that we that we created that I created, and I'll show you how to make it repeating someone is a pattern, phil, and, um, I'm going to leave it in normal for right now, but you could jump right to a different blend mode if you'd like to know, when you create a new one, this dialog box comes up, so I'm gonna say pattern, phil, we won't do anything else, and I'm going to say, um, I'm going to do ah, water color background. So that is a white, um, uh, watercolor paper, which is the same thing that I would kind of do with a with a pastel chalk pastel or oil pastel or something.

Class Description

Learn how to reshape your photographs into expressive original art quickly and easily with Adobe® Photoshop® Hall-of-Famer Jack "Wow" Davis. Clients love artistic expressions of their family and pets, especially as large (profitable) gallery wraps or watercolor prints. Join Jack as he shows you simple step-by-step techniques for transforming your photos into gorgeous oils, pastels, watercolors and sketches – all by cloning and filtering your original photographs.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0