We study the parameters of the brush in Photoshop

In the last lesson we studied how to create your own brushes in Photoshop. Often develop the original brush shape, known as brush imprint (brush tip) can be very interesting. It becomes even more interesting when we begin to control the brush directly in the process of drawing, changing its size, angle, roundness, color and opacity!

We can add brushes texture, place brush prints in a certain way in a stroke, combine two brushes into one and much more! These parameters are called brush dynamics parameters (Brush Dynamics), and they never cease to amaze us since they first appeared in the version of Photoshop 7. It is these parameters that will become the theme of a series of lessons!

There are six main categories of parameters of the dynamics of the brush – “Dynamics of form” (Shape Dynamics), Scattering (Scattering), “Texture” (Texture), “Double brush” (Dual Brush), “Color Dynamics” (Color Dynamics) and “Other Dynamics” (Other Dynamics) – which are located on the panel “Brush” (Brushes panel). Each of these categories in the process of drawing controls a separate parameter of the brush, but since the controls and options for all six categories are similar, you will have to thoroughly study just one category and it will be easier to understand the principle of operation of other dynamic parameters.

After you have learned all the lessons, I strongly recommend that you take the time and experiment with the different parameters of the brush yourself to get a visual idea of ​​what incredible (and useful, do not forget about the benefits!) There may be results in the process of drawing with a brush. But be careful! Before the appearance of the YouTube channel and the social network Facebook in our world, there was a Photoshop program with its brush dynamics parameters, and many creative personalities spent wasted countless hours of their lives playing with the Brush panel.

In my case, I will work in the version of Photoshop CS4, but all these lessons are suitable for any version of the program, up to Photoshop 7. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose the brush tool

In order to gain access to the parameters of the brush dynamics, we need to open the Brush panel. First, make sure that the toolbar on your toolbar is selected. “Brush” (Brush Tool), or press the key on the keyboard AT, To quickly activate this tool:

Select the Brush tool if it is not already selected.

Step 2: Open the “Brush” panel

After you have selected the Brush tool, the easiest way to open the Brush panel is to press the F5 key on the keyboard (pressing the key again closes the panel) or click the Brush panel toggle switch icon on the top of the screen (pressing the icon again closes the panel):

Clicking on the corresponding toggle switch icon on the options panel opens and closes the Brush panel.

By default, when you open the Brush panel, the option will be selected there. “Brush sets” (Brush Presets) (you will see how the name “Brush Sets” is highlighted in blue in the upper left corner of the panel). With this selected parameter, all we can do is simply select the appropriate option from the list of ready-made brush shapes on the right side of the panel. To select the desired brush, just click on its image.

If you have selected “Show Tips” (Tool Tips) in the section “Installations” (Preferences), then as you hover the cursor over the brush image, its name will appear on the screen. A useful preview area at the bottom of the panel displays the current brush stroke view with the selected brush. We can use the diameter slider (Size) (Master Diameter), located below the list of brushes to change the size of the selected brush. If you only need to choose a finished brush and draw it, then this section is for you:

The Brush panel with the Brush Sets option selected.

Each of the brush sets on the right side of the panel includes a brush imprint (the current brush shape, which we see on the thumbnail) and a list of predefined dynamics parameters that control the brush in the process of drawing. The six categories of brush dynamics parameters (Form dynamics, Scattering, Texture, etc.) are located on the left side of the Brush panel, and if you follow them closely as you switch between different images of the finished brush shapes, you will notice that Depending on the selected brush, some parameters are activated, and some are disabled. For example, if I choose the Scattered Maple Leaves brush, we can see that the following dynamics options are available for a given brush print: Form Dynamics, Scattering, Color Dynamics, and Other Dynamics :

Each set of brushes includes a brush imprint and predetermined parameters of the brush dynamics.

However, if I choose any basic brush, for example, one of the standard round brushes of Photoshop at the top of the list, then only the category will be available for it. “Dynamics of form” (Shape Dynamics). In fact, depending on whether a drawing tablet is connected to your computer or not, you may not be able to see any selected category of brush dynamics at all:

In one set of brushes more parameters of the dynamics of the brush are available than in others.

Let’s look at how you can change the dynamics parameters in each category and how they affect the behavior of the brush. I propose to start with the first parameter – “Dynamics of form.”

Or you can go to the study of other parameters of the dynamics of the brush on the links below:

  • Scattering
  • “Texture”
  • “Double brush”
  • “Color Dynamics”
  • “Other Dynamics”

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