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Impressionist Brush Settings

Lesson 8 from: Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop CC

Lisa Carney

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8. Impressionist Brush Settings

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Impressionist Brush Settings

I wanna talk a little bit about the settings and I'm hoping you guys can see that. The settings for the Cezanne brushes are like many of the brushes, there's a gazillion choices. You only on this one, have one, two, three, four, five different settings, but the big takeaway, and we've already talked about this. The big takeaway for impressionist brushes are the color. On this color dynamics piece, the color was red, and the hue saturation was at 50%. This is a 50% hue shift, start color. On the same impressionist brush, if I change the color dynamic to the original, which is 11%, that's the change. This is the exact same brush with that one button changed. You understand, one button change. Well, it's not even a button, it's a slider. That one change did this. Shall I say, overwhelm, once again, like, holy crap. How you gonna keep track of this? This is how you're gonna keep track of it. You're gonna do slow changes, and you're just gonna make notes like this. This booklet, you'll have...

this booklet. On all the pages, I think I've been pretty decent about it. I'll tell you what brush is. I'll show you what the brush tip head looks like, and then I'll give you the settings. Why I do that, is let's say you really dig this color combination, but you don't want that tip head. You want it to feel like a different color. You're gonna be able to make your own brush. Just change that to whatever you want, and then do all those settings. How do you do that? You do that like we did the fern brush. You just stamp it once with black. Stamp it once, go okay, that's what it looks like. That's the size it is, and then put your texture, whatever texture you want that to be, and then give it these same settings and voila, you are here. In order to do that, though, you'd have to make sure that whatever you replaced that brush head with, was the exact same size is as this, right? Yes, and I was just about to get that one, thank you, perfect question. As we have said before, and I believe I can show it to you right here. That is the pixel count size. Thank you for that. The pixel count size matters. It doesn't matter on the color transfer, but it matters on the scattering, so that-- Do you remember when we made that leaf brush? I said it's gotta be the same size. That's what it is, it's the pixel count size. If you're a numbers person, you could put your info pallet up and have the numbers. I am not a numbers person at all. What I would do is just like we did with the fern. I would turn all the settings off. I would have my printout before I do that, right? I would know exactly what they are. Don't delete any information until you have it in your hands, please. Then, I would delete all the information on it. I would put the no scattering on and I would just dab that brush like we did on the fern, and then I'd put my new one right next to it. And you're gonna be pretty much close to the same size. In this particular instance, the color dynamics won't matter for pixel size.

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Knowledgeable Lisa is the best teacher. She makes learning Photoshop fun. Great course. Lisa has a great teaching style. She mixes in a great speech cadence, great voice up and down and pausing, jokes, and is extremely knowledgeable and fun to watch. Awesome course. Really helpful course for getting my feet wet with brushes.


This is a comprehensive overview of Ps CC Brushes, what they do, how they work and how to control, manage & modify them. I found it extremely useful to learn about the functionality/features that Ps CC brushes can provide even though I'm a photographer and not an illustrator or painter. I will never ever be able to employ everything Lisa explained & demo'd in the class - she covered a wide gamut of info. But she served the purpose, in this class, of being essentially what I'd call an 'idea sparker'. Once you see how she works with brushes and you find out how you can adapt (or create) brush tools to suit your personal artistic style the options for creativity are unlimited. I might re-title this class "Oh the Places Brushes Can Go" (apologies to Dr Seuss and his classic graduation gift book 'Oh, the Places You'll Go...'). Keep in mind a few things about this class (& back away from it and your credit card if you don't note a few key facts...): (1) It is called 'Advanced Techniques' - it is for intermediate to advanced Ps users, not newbies unless you're a child prodigy who picks things up really fast, (2) This is not a 'Paint with Lisa' class - we don't all paint a butterfly like a color by numbers together. Rather we learn about Ps brushes, how they work, what they look like and how to modify them and change their dynamics for different types of artistic/retouching/post-processing uses. Each person will have to experiment - there's no one 'this is it' formula that can be provided, (3) Lisa talks and thinks fast and has a pretty amusing patter too (she's clearly very intelligent!) - so be prepared to hit the Pause button. She repeatedly advises during the class, don't overload your brain with all there is to absorb with regard to Ps Brushes. Take breaks to try the info she shares & see what works for you before going on to a different section of the class. Don't buy this class thinking you'll whizz through it in 15 minutes & figure out how to complete a job you've committed to deliver in 2 hours, (4) There's a large packet of material that comes with a purchase of the class (descriptions, definitions, brush settings, drawing examples, etc.). Item #4 is the only thing I'd ding this class on. While the handout material contains lots of really really useful info it is - sadly - microscopic print. The text is exceedingly difficult for my poor old eyes to read. I value that there's plenty of white space on the pages to write notes as Lisa talks - I've done so prodigiously. But the print in that accompanying brushes class guide needs to be larger. I honestly wish I could enlarge the print in some way (unless it is a PDF that I can alter & I haven't figured it out). If there is a way to re-print with larger type font sizes someone please let me know! Bottom line: I highly recommend this class to more advanced Ps users who want a comprehensive overview of Brushes and working with them. It's definitely not a class for someone who wants a linear, step x step, "do this then do that" type of recipe class. As I've noted above, it's best as a way to learn about richly varied Ps tools you may have only had superficial exposure to previously; and get enough new knowledge to make you dangerous (and, dare I say it, boldly creative!).

Skye Taten

Lisa is the BEST teacher!!!!! Everyone should take this class!!!!!!! This class is utterly phenomenal!!!! Lisa is so knowledgable and so very talented. She is incredibly smart, super funny and so very helpful. This class contains so much valuable information, and at this price it's a complete steal. This class has forever changed my life!!! I'm so happy to have a new skill set. Thank you Lisa from the bottom of all of our hearts you are completely incredible and have touched all of our editing in photoshop lives forever!!!!! You are so very talented thank you so much for sharing your incredible skills and knowledge with us, you are a true beautiful talented soul. xoxo, Skye

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