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Get the Image You Want: Essential Photoshop Editing Techniques by Element K Journals Creative Team

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Paint gradual tones with the Airbrush option

Since the late 1870s, the airbrush, as an artist's and photographer's paint and retouching tool, has had a longstanding and prominent place in the world of commercial art, design, and photography. To fully master this tool can take many years of trial and error, practice, and patience. But the results are often realistic, as well as breathtaking.

Photoshop provides what's called the Airbrush option, which allows you to use the Brush tool as an airbrush. Whether you're creating an image from scratch, adding to an existing image, or retouching a photo, you'll be amazed at not only how well the option simulates the spray strokes of the real thing, but how easy it is to use as well. In addition, you can ...

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