Figure 9.10

Placing a canvas texture under this image makes it much more like an oil painting.

when you click the Pencil point on a colored pixel that is the same color as the current foreground color, you erase it to the background color. Use this feature to clean up edges or to erase in a straight line.

Pencils are great for retouching and drawing a single pixel-width line, but difficult to use for an actual drawing. (Yes, you can set the Pencil to any of the brush shapes, but if you do that, it's functionally a brush.) The Pencil is easier to use if you zoom in to 200% so that you can see individual pixels. Setting the mouse acceleration to Slow will also help, but it's even better to use a graphics tablet instead of a mouse.

If you want to get the look of a pencil drawing without all the effort, try the Colored Pencil filter (Filter>Artistic>Colored Pencil) or the Crosshatch filter (Filter>Brush Strokes>Crosshatch). The Colored Pencil filter, shown in Figure 9.11, gives you a light, somewhat more stylized drawing from your original image. It looks even better if you convert the drawing to grayscale after applying the filter. The Crosshatch filter, applied to the same image in Figure 9.12, retains much more of the color and detail, but still looks like a pen-and-ink drawing.

Chalk and charcoal drawings are found in museums and collections all over the world. Artists love these materials for their ease of use and versatile lines. You can make sharp lines or smudged ones just depending on how you hold the chalk or charcoal twig.

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