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Advanced Techniques with Brushes in Photoshop CC

with Lisa Carney

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About The Class

Add your creative touch to your images in Adobe CC

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 Adobe Photoshop, and you can start to master them with this in-depth course.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:04
  2. 02

    Brush Management

    12:17
  3. 03

    Brush Options

    19:33
  4. 04

    Brush Tools

    03:45
  5. 05

    Stamp Brushes

    16:31
  6. 06

    Concept Brushes

    27:59
  7. 07

    Impressionist Brush

    30:03
  8. 08

    Impressionist Brush Settings

    03:03
  9. 09

    Paper Choices, Patterns & Textures

    07:11
  10. 10

    Hair & Fur

    14:09
  11. 11

    Small Details with Brushes

    03:26
  12. 12

    Create Your Own Brush

    29:12
  13. 13

    Smudge Vs Mixer Brushes

    16:00
  14. 14

    Blender Brushes

    08:08
  15. 15

    Mixer with Layer Styles

    08:21
  16. 16

    Brush as Mask

    10:06
  17. 17

    Leaf & Grass Brushes

    23:05
  18. 18

    Lisa's Favorite Brushes

    07:25
  19. 19

    Oil Painting Brushes

    07:47
  20. 20

    Water Color Brushes

    16:42
  21. 21

    Brush on a Path

    11:49
  22. 22

    Brush Settings

    12:53

Meet Your Expert

Lisa Carney

Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries ... read more

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  • Sean

    September 2019

    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.

  • Fotomaker

    Fotomaker

    June 2019

    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!).

  • ER

    February 2018

    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!

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