Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®

Lesson 1/22 - Class Introduction


Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

I am so excited about this class. This is probably for me one of the largest changes in Photoshop or most important changes for me that has happened in a really, really long time. And Photoshop's had some upgrades and it's gone along, but now with brushes and the way they've organized the brushes, it is so much more approachable and easy to achieve painterly effects. And I have to say, I think I've got a little bit of this, like I always wanted to be a painter, and I was never really a good renderer. You know what I mean? I just wasn't good at drawing, I wanted to be. I went to school for illustration for a while and they went, yeah, you know what? How about the photo department? And I ended up going to photography. And retouching has always been kind of a combination of those two, but I've never really been able to paint. And what's happened in brushes now is they have mastered the brushes and encapsulated it in such a way that someone like me who can't render very well, can actually ...

really get in there and paint. And I mean, paint some really cool stuff. And in addition to that, the organization is exquisite. Now, what we're gonna look at, we're gonna look at a bunch of different styles. I'm hoping to show you a bunch of different effects and looks you can do with brushes, so you can find your own style. I'm not trying to impart a technique on you, other than, hey look, if you do this, you can try that. Look, this looks like this. And much like many of the other courses here, I'm gonna severely suggest, I mean, strongly, strongly, strongly suggest that you all practice off jobs. Find some samples of work. Go to the museums. Go to the museum websites. Find some paintings, find some images that you wanna emulate and practice. Because what happens when you emulate work and you try to actually follow a roadmap, you actually can get to a technique. So for example, using a brush as a mask, which is something we're gonna go through, if you try to emulate that, you will learn more doing that than oh, I'm just playing and ooh, I have a happy accident, and I've discovered something, because that happy accident might be cool, but do you remember how you got there? And can you reproduce it? In this way, if you're actually emulating some art work or a style, so for example, that kind of watercolor look down there, if you try to emulate it, you're gonna try different brushes actually looking for a result which will have you understand the brushes a lot better. So I'm hoping y'all will join us on that. There's a huge handout on this. It's 90 pages, something like that. The companion hand-yen, it'll go along with this. It'll have a lot of data and a lot of pictures to help you along the way. But this is the kind of thing I'm talking about. Can you take an image and make it a watercolor? And this takes minutes now, I mean minutes, which is both frightening and fantastic all at the same time. So I hope you'll enjoy the process. We're gonna start with some kinda technical stuff, management, looking at what the new system is. It's a little dry at the beginning in that sense. And then we'll get into actual painting, but we kinda all have to get on the same page.

Class Description

The brush tool allows you to paint onto your image in a way that makes your final photo truly a work of art. Hollywood high end retoucher Lisa Carney goes in depth on how to control and take advantage of the opportunities that brush tools give you. With the 2017 updates to Adobe® Photoshop® CC®, using brushes has become even easier. Lisa will teach:

  • How to create custom brushes
  • Organizing techniques
  • How to illustrate in Photoshop® for the “non painter”
  • Retouching with brushes for hair and skin

There are many different ways to use brushes within Photoshop®, and you can start to master them with this in-depth course.



Lisa is extremely knowledgeable of the PS Brushes topic covered in this course and she explains everything very thoroughly. Her sense of humor and style made the class fun. She is great at giving catch words and phrases to help you remember what she covers. I feel like my knowledge and abilities in the use of the PS brushes are more clear and polished. Thank you Lisa!

a Creativelive Student

Amazing class!!! Lisa Carney is an amazing instructor and gives so much valuable information and as always so much of herself. I absolutely love learning from her and will purchase every class she instructs. This is another truly amazing class, full of information and of course lots of laughter. I have a whole new outlook on Photoshop brushes. Well worth the money, hands down.

Michelle Mealing

It is easy to see why Lisa is an expert in her field. Aside from her in-depth knowledge, she is extremely passionate about her art. This makes learning from her fun and easy. I thought I knew brushes before the class. Oh wow, what I know how to do now! Thanks Lisa. You're a gem.