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Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider

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Defining a New Brush

For some seriously creative fun, try making your own brushes. You can make them out of anything—a stroke that you’ve drawn with another brush, your logo, even an image that you’ve scanned into your computer to use as texture (like a leaf). Some folks call brushes that you create yourself sampled brushes because you sample part of a pattern, object, or image to create them; in other words, you have to select the pattern, object, or image you want to base the brush on.

Table 13-1. Suggested brush customizations

BRUSH NUMBER IN Figure 13-31

DESCRIPTION

OPACITY[a]

SPACING[b]

SHAPE DYNAMICS

OTHER DYNAMICS

USES

1

Round, hard-edged brush

25%

0%

Size Jitter = Pen Pressure

None

Shading, blocking in color, sketching

2, 3

Rough-edged brush

25%

0%

None

With (2) or without (3) Flow Jitter = Pen Pressure

Shading, adding texture, making hair

4

Rough brush (custom)[c]

30%

0%

Angle Jitter = 20%; Control = Off

None

Adding texture, shading

5

Small dot brush (custom)[d]

30%

0%

Size Jitter = Pen Pressure

Opacity Jitter = Pen Pressure

Making hair, shading

6

Round, rough-edged brush

100%

20–25%

Size Jitter = Pen Pressure

Opacity Jitter and Flow Jitter = Pen Pressure

Shading, blocking in color

7

Textured round brush

30%

0%

None

Flow Jitter = Pen Pressure

Adding texture, shading

8

Textured round brush

100%

0%

Size Jitter = Pen Pressure

Flow Jitter = Pen Pressure

Sketching, creating line art, adding fine details in small areas

9

Scattered spot brush (custom)[e]

70%

25%

Scatter = 20%; Size Jitter = Pen Pressure

Opacity Jitter and Flow Jitter = Pen ...

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