Brushes offer some of Photoshop's most flexible features. So where can you find them?

The Brush tool can be found in the fourth row of Photoshop's toolbar. When selected, the options bar displays quite a few settings for the current Brush such as Opacity, Flow and whether it is in Airbrush mode or not. There are also pulldown menus for the Apply mode, Brush Shape preset and the new Brush Editing palette.

Brushes are used to apply coloured pixels to an image. They take their colour from the current Foreground Colour swatch. The Colour palette can be used to choose colours in a

Back and forth

You can set two colours, a foreground and background colour, and switch between them while painting with the Brush tool by pressing the [X] key.

The Color palette lets you choose colours in various ways - via a gradient strip, sliders or swatches, which are located in their own tab

number of different ways - by using the small gradient strip at the base, the sliders or the Swatch tab.

The Brush interface and controls

The Brush presets are located here at the top-left of the Options palette when the Brush tool is selected.

The Brush presets are located here at the top-left of the Options palette when the Brush tool is selected.

The Brushes palette can be accessed by clicking this icon in the Brush tool's Option bar.

The basic Brush settings, such as Size, Shape and Angle as well as the spacing control can be accessed by clicking the Brush Tip Shape section at the top, the controls of which display at the bottom of the palette.

The Brushes palette is very | versatile but can seem a bit complicated at first. It's far more advanced than in previous versions.

The Brushes palette can be accessed by clicking this icon in the Brush tool's Option bar.

The basic Brush settings, such as Size, Shape and Angle as well as the spacing control can be accessed by clicking the Brush Tip Shape section at the top, the controls of which display at the bottom of the palette.

The Brushes palette is very | versatile but can seem a bit complicated at first. It's far more advanced than in previous versions.

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