Step 3: Set Up History Brush Tool

Before you can begin painting, you must select the History Brush tool, pick an appropriate brush size and style, select a suitable blend mode and opacity level, and set the source history state. After you accomplish this, you can begin painting on the paint layer. As the paint layer is below the sketch layer, the paint won't interfere with the rough sketch.

■ Click the History Brush tool (Y) in the Tools palette.

■ Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar, which is the second brush box from the left, as shown in Figure 32.17. Click the menu button to get a pop-up menu. Choose Reset Brushes and click OK to get the default set of brushes. For this technique I find that the Small List view (see Figure 32.18) is a better view than one of the thumbnail views as the full descriptive name is helpful for getting an appropriate brush. To change to the Small List view, after clicking the Brush Preset Picker box, click the menu button to get a pop-up menu and choose Small List.

Master Diameter

45 px

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Hard Round 3 pixels


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Hard Round 9 pixels


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Mode: Normal

Flow: 100M

■ If the History palette is not already visible, choose Window ^ History. Scroll to the top of the History palette and you should see a snapshot named bottles-before.tif, as shown in Figure 32.19. As this is the only snapshot, the History Brush automatically sets this snapshot to be the source image for painting. If there were more than one snapshot, you would click in the box to the left of the thumbnail image to set this chosen snap shot to be the source for the History Brush tool.



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If a snapshot is not in the History palette, your Preferences setting is not set to automatically create a snapshot when opening a file. To create a snapshot, make sure that the Background layer in the Layers palette is highlighted and that the top two layers are hidden. To hide those layers, click the eye icon if it is displayed in the left column of each layer to hide the layer. Click the menu icon in the History palette to get the pop-up menu; choose New Snap Shot to create a new snap shot.

■ To start painting, use the Watercolor Loaded Flat Tip brush. Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Options bar to get the History Brush menu palette, which is shown in Figure 32.20. Scroll toward the bottom of the palette and click Watercolor Loaded Wet Flat Tip brush.

This is an excellent brush to use for this technique as it allows wet-on-wet painting — that is, you can see the paint build up, plus you can see where it overlaps. The looseness of this brush matches the looseness of the rough sketch you created earlier.

■ Because we are cloning from a photograph and because we want to build up layers, set Opacity to 34% in the Options bar. Set Mode to Normal and set Flow to 100%.

Master Diameter

63 px

Use Sample Size


Dry Brush Tip Light Flow



Dry Brush 1


Watercolor Loaded Wet Flat Tip


Watercolor Small Round Tip


Oil Heavy Flow Dry Edges


Oil Medium Wet Flow


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