Oil Painting Brushes


Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®


Lesson Info

Oil Painting Brushes

Now right now I just wanna do a little quick little demo. And it utilizes something from the past that I want to show you. So I'm gonna just dissect something. I'm not gonna hand-paint this for you. Just want to show you how it's done, because I want you to start thinking differently. As I said earlier in the workshop, there's a real trend to do painting in movie posters, right now, and film and gaming. I think you're really gonna see a lot of it happening. And what it tends to be is a combination. On the piece here, what you're gonna see it's a lot of smudging like this. But then it's all those paint pieces put on top. So what I'm trying to encourage you guys to do is maybe when you're starting out you're gonna utilize something that you're a little more familiar with. I'll show you what I mean by that. Way back when, when this whole thing started up, and I was like, okay there's filters, there's brushes, and what's the difference? I'm just gonna run through this slighty. All right, o...

il painting filter. It's a little dark, in fact, I'm gonna just, so you can see what's going on, I'm gonna put a lighten curve on top. Your ubiquitous oil painting filter. There's plugins like Snap Art. These are different third party plugins that you can use. You can use a bunch of different settings. I was looking at all this, and I'm like okay what can you do with these brushes, what can you do? But it feels so out of control for me. So what I ended up doing is I said, all right, that's nice, that's the old way of doing stuff, is filters. Why don't I go ahead and do a filter, and then on top of it I'm just gonna start to paint. For me the result, well Jesus I look like I've been smoking for 20 years, and it's like this old lady thing going on, because that's what the oil filter does. On this I'm able to smudge it out. Who needs bags under your eyes? I don't need bags under my eyes. All right. I'm just gonna turn these off, and in fact I'm just gonna merge them so we can get rid of them. And I gonna put white down below. So it's just smudging. We've already talked about this, it's a Smudge tool. It was early days. I did not use the handy dandy why don't you label it so you know which brush tool. So I could not tell you in a million years. I'm gonna guess it was an oil wet. Do you guys remember at the very, very beginning of the course, I had those pictures that showed you different terminology for what the paint looks like? If you looked there's stuff that'll say oil. And you can look at the brush strokes and it'll start helping you figure out what Kyle means when he says oil or brush. You can see how wet it looks? I wrote smudge, so I'm gonna hope it was a blender tool. Blender or smudge? Do you guys remember Kyle calls a blender tool, a smudge tool, a blender tool. I haven't reiterated that enough today. That is a blender tool, to Kyle it is smudge tool to a Photoshop user. They're the same thing, okay? Then what's kind of handy to do, is put eyeballs back on top because people get freaked out when you can't see your eyes. So put original eyes back in. I'm not in way or shape or form, trying to say that this is high art and this is great. I'm just trying to give you guys some ideas of what to do with the brushes. Then what I started to realize is, how I can make this look a little different is, why don't I start painting on top? So I'm gonna put a gray layer here. All right. And I'm not going to drag it into a filter where you can't see it. I am a little old school. What I did is I did a filter. Do you remember we did the Find Edges on the flower to get black and white? Well you can do glowing edges to get white. Find Edges will get you black lines, glowing edges will get you white lines. And I did that to paint. Now why I did that is I was uncomfortable painting that. I hope I'm gonna get to a stage where I can comfortably paint that. But for now it's a filtered sheet and it just real quickly made outlines. Then I was trying some bristle brush blenders. There are bristle ... Oh don't make say it, I can't say it again. Hippity poppity bippity boo Lippity dippity dippy doo There are bristle bush ... I'm sorry I don't have them loaded here right now, but there's some icons you're gonna see here, and the tip heads are gonna be bristle brushes. I'm gonna show you those in the settings, when we take a look at those. So I just happened to use bristle brush blender (exhales) tools. Boy, that's a tough one. And it's just because I just wanted to add a little bit. Then I started using that watercolor. Kyle has a whole section of paint, an entire section, called Splatter. And again, there's too many. There's just way too many. So pick one or two and put them in your arsenal, and leave the other ones away. In fact, you know what, I might recommend on all of these, what if ya'll do this? What if you take two oil paints, two blenders, two mixers, maybe some watercolors, we're gonna through those in just a few minutes, and only have those in your pallette. And start with those, and start figuring it out. Then, once you're really grooving, and you're like, I dig this watercolor, I dig this oil, then go into the oil brushes and really start going for it. All right. Texture on top, let's just cover that real quickly. Let's get rid of that gray for viewing. What's nice about the painting thing, too, is you don't have to do the whole thing. You can kind of cheat and use what's underneath also. Do you remember the dog, we blurred the dog and put it underneath the flower? We blurred the flower? You can do the same thing with painting pieces, too. Or not. So it's not like you have to 150% cover every little single bit of the piece that you're working on. You just kind of give the flavor. So for those of you out there who are used to working with the oil painting filters, in Photoshop, and if you like them, by all means keep using them, just maybe add a little juicy bits on top. So I have made a pattern fill. In my infinite geniusness I did not label it. So don't do this, because I can't tell you what pattern that was. But I can tell you it was a pattern fill. Then I merged it, and I merged it because I wanted to make some changes to it. So don't do that. But it's kind of a nice texture, and as we have said many times below, you can change your blending modes. That allows you to just add a little bit of texture to a piece, which can be kind of nice. Oh look, I used it again and also didn't label it. Wasn't that brilliant? So, I'm sorry I can't tell you what pattern that was. Don't do that. It's bad work habits. Brush your teeth. Totally kidding. Anyway, you get the idea. I'm gonna turn this off and on. This is another finishing touch. We've talked about it a bit before, that you can add textures on top. Then go look at layer styles. Go look and see if you want to add impasto to it. Do you want to add a little more texture? Maybe this doesn't want that. Maybe this kind of piece doesn't want textures on top of it. I don't know, I don't know what style you're looking to create. Maybe a little canvas? And that is where, when we talked about project-based work ... So if you go and look at some art history, or you look at some pieces ... Take the Mona Lisa. Take Rembrandt's work. And actually have a piece of his work up, and do a copy and look at everything. Look at can you see the paint raised and is it lit? Like Van Gogh. You know when you look at Van Gogh's pieces? He's got a lot of paint. If he's got a lot of paint, he's gonna need highlight. How're you gonna get a highlight? Layer style. You're gonna do that impasto thing. That's how you're gonna get the height.

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.