Painting In Photoshop

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Techniques Used In Painting
You can also create or change images in Photoshop with paint brushes and colors. The brushes can also be used as a healing brush and to erase things that you don’t want or need.
Select Edit, Preferences, and Displays & Cursors in order to adjust the display. This will allow you to see the various painting tool sizes while you use them for your image. Choose the brush size you need for your image.

Select an area that you wish to paint and mark it. You have to do this because it prevents the part that is not selected from being painted. However, if you decide to paint the whole thing, then nothing should be selected.

Black is the default color for the foreground and white is the default color for the background. When you use the paint brushes in Photoshop, they will use the current foreground color. To change foreground and background colors, you can type the letter X or select the double sided arrow. If you want the black and white colors, type the letter D. You can also choose a new color by selecting the foreground color from the tool box.

Another way to choose colors is by using the swatches palette or the color bar. You can also choose the Eyedropper tool. Any of these can be use to change the colors to what you want for your image.

Painting Tools

  • Paintbrush – Select the paintbrush picture from the toolbox. If you need to, use the other options to change the size of the paintbrush. Use the drag method for the image or part of the image that will be painted.       If you want to create straight lines, as you’re dragging, hold down the Shift key.
  • Eraser – The eraser gets rid of the background color if the process is done on the background layer. There are several types of erasers to use from the Eraser tool. You can choose pencil, airbrush, paintbrush or block. When you need to erase, use the dragging method on the image. It’s a good idea to have a copy of your work in the event you accidentally erase something you shouldn’t have.
  • Paint Bucket – The Paint Bucket is used to fill in areas that are close to where you have selected pixels. If you don’t want to have transparent spots filled, make sure that “Preserve Transparency” is checked. Select the Paint Bucket tool and in the Options bar, choose a tolerance value. Select the part of the image that will be filled with the Paint Bucket.
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