Quick

If you have multiple shapes on different layers in a file, you can quickly align and/or distribute them. Select one of the layers and place link icons in the empty boxes next to the other shape layers to link them all together. Then, choose Layer l Align Linked or Layer l Distribute Linked.

All about Brushes

Almost all of the tools discussed so far in this chapter have one thing in common—brushes. This means the tools require you to select a brush size and style. The Brushes palette (shown in the following illustration and accessible by choosing Window I Brushes) is your newly improved, one-stop shopping for all things related to brushes in Photoshop. In fact, there are so many options in this one palette that it's easy to get lost just "playing" (well, for me at least).

Access saved -(preset) brush settings

These options define-the brush tip shape and style

These options-

define additional characteristics of the brush's stroke

Define a new brush

These options define-the brush tip shape and style

These options-

define additional characteristics of the brush's stroke

Define a new brush

■ Click to access palette options or clear the current settings

Use this area to define each option in the list of categories along the left side

■ Click to access palette options or clear the current settings

Use this area to define each option in the list of categories along the left side

Preview of brush with current settings applied

Delete current brush (only available when viewing ■ a saved brush]

This palette is accessible any time you use a tool in the toolbox that needs a "tip size." That includes each of the following:

• History Brush

• Art History Brush

• Pattern Stamp

After opening the Brushes palette, you can turn on or off each of the various options independently of one another.

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