Small Details with Brushes


Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop® CC®


Lesson Info

Small Details with Brushes

Now we're gonna talk about some adding small details. And this is an ambient brush. I'm in love. I'm in love with this brush so much I can hardly tell you because there's something about the flow of it that is so beautiful. And it's called the dust brush, but you can use it for clouds, you can use it for white, for environmental, if you're trying to get some atmosphere in a room. And I just wanna demo it real quick. Here is, on the canvas here, what you're gonna see is I showed you what the dust brush looks like. I'm gonna go ahead and delete that. And what I have here is a little image. It's just a boy with some color correction, some blurring going on. And then I started painting dust over the top. And some color correction. I'd like to show you how the dust brush works. So what I'm gonna do is just delete the dust that is there in the picture. And I'm gonna go to my brushes. My favorite dust brush, by Lisa Carney. It's gonna be a children's book. (audience laughing) Totally kidding.

And whatever color you choose to use, I'm gonna use white. I'm gonna do it in the dark, just so you guys can see it on the screen. Now, I know you guys can't see anything. Do you wanna know why? It is the most beautiful, subtle brush. And it allows you to start building it up. It's a little small for this document, so here's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna make it a little larger, just so you can see it. I am barely touching, the percentage is 70 to 10. The beauty of this brush makes this a really crappy demo and you're just gonna have to hear me out. What's beautiful about this brush is how gentle and how subtly it layers in dust. 'Cause you know people put atmosphere in files, you go, I know you've seen it on those Photoshop fail, where it's just blobby. This is subtle, you paint it in, it's so pretty. I think it's pretty. You know why it's pretty? I'm gonna tell the truth. True confessions of Lisa Carney. There are some retouchers out there who many of you probably know, who have such a beautiful, gentle hand when they paint. They're subtle, they can push gently. I'm not, I am a freight train, I'm a bull in a china shop. I am (growling), full, full, always. And I'm, I know that's shocking you, here in the room. I know that. (audience laughing) I'm gonna put that flow up to 100%, just so you can see this. What happens with this brush is it-- Make it white. Oh, sorry, thank you. What happens with this brush, is this kinda controls me. See, that's how I brush. I brush (explosive breath). Let's run for the walls. This brush will bring me in and say, girl, you need to relax. I'm gonna make it big, just so you can see it. I'm gonna keep it white. See, I'm pushin'. I'm pushin', it ain't coming. Okay, here it comes. And for some of us, it might be helpful to have a system that slows you down a little bit. Cool! Well, I hope you find that, it's just a tiny little brush, but before I wrap this up, I just want to say what you can use this for. So you can add it to add atmosphere on top of an image. If you have a road scene and you're trying to make it look misty, a river, a lake, and you're trying to add mist on top of that, this is perfect for that.

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.