Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®

Lesson 8/22 - Impressionist Brush Settings


Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®


Lesson Info

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.

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.