Default brushes

Although Photoshop is equipped with a plethora of excellent brush libraries, we're going to focus on some simple default brushes capable of producing exceptional results.

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a I The Spatter brushes may not look like much within a vast list of presets, but these simple clusters of spots are very useful. There are a number of different tips and sizes to choose from. Regardless of which option you go with, any spatter brush gives the effect of using a brush with some stray dry bristles sticking out around the edges. Painting over top of colored regions of the canvas with a spatter brush allows you to create a bristled, tactile effect.

b I The chalk brushes are denser than the spatter brushes but equally as useful. Strokes created with chalk brushes do not have any stray bristles sticking out the sides, but they do provide a nice rough effect at the beginning and ending of each stroke. They are ideal for establishing basic, yet convincing, colored regions within your painting.

c I The Dual Brush option is an excellent tool that allows you to combine two different brushes within a single tip. Why do we point out this single feature amid a sea of others? Well, using the dual brush option allows you to quickly and easily combine two brush tips to create a new one. We'll explore this feature in detail using custom brush tips later in this chapter.

2 I Now, the next thing we're going to do is establish the swatches palette as our paint palette and fill it with our own set of colors unique to this painting. By doing this, we can return to the swatches palette and select one of our custom colors at any point later on. Choose Edit>Preset Manager from the menu. Choose swatches from the Preset Type menu. When the swatches appear, click on the first swatch and then shift-click on the last swatch. This will target all of the swatches. When all of the swatches are targeted, click on the delete button. After they're all deleted, click on the Done button to exit the Preset Manager and you'll notice that Swatches palette has been emptied.

The sketch file needed to follow along with this chapter and create the featured painting is available on the accompanying CD. This file can be found in the folder entitled chapter_01.

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