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Customising brush tools

Customising brush tools - Photoshop's Custom Brushes explained

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Adobe Photoshop

Words & Pictures Barry Beckham/David Rowley

Here's how to customise brushes using Photoshop 6. Don't worry if you have Photoshop 5 much of the functions work exactly the same only the layout has changed.

The brush sizes and shapes available for painting tools appear from the drop down menu in the options bar. You can also customize the brushes and settings for each of the painting tools (airbrush, paintbrush, eraser, pencil) and editing tools from this menu.

Click on any bush and the Brush Name dialogue box opens confirming its hardness and pixel size. In this case Soft Round 21 pixel brush.

Tips To change the size of your brush while working in Photoshop use the ] key to make larger and the [ key to make the brush smaller.

Clicking on the brush itself (see above), you will be able to change the properties of the selected brush by changing the Diameter or Hardness.

You can custom build your own brushes moving the sliders on the Diameter, Hardness scale. Adjusting the shape and angle of the brush is achieved by moving the arrow and moving the grab handles the preview window - you can also type directly in the Angle and Roundness values. The new brushes can be saved by clicking on the folded paper icon in the top right of the palette.






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