Your Questions About Digital Painting Brushes Photoshop

Carol asks…

Photoshop Brush Shape Dynamics?

Well, in my photoshop I’ve been trying to attempt digital painting ect.
I find that when I watch tutorials on the web on how to set brush settings and when the person in a video clicks on shape dynamics the brush preview changes from just being a simple almost straight stroke.. to a sort of wavy stroke that when you stroke it on the canvas is goes prom being thick at the start and then when it finishes off it ends with a really nice pointy less thick point – like yo would be able to do with a pencil ona piece of paper.. It really bugs me because i can never get by brush like like that for eg.
in the preview box..
I’ve tried copying the settings and still no change..
I’m running PS CS5…
Any ideas please?

Timo answers:

That type of stroke in the preview can be made with graphic tablets and/or graphic pens. However, even without a tablet you can still achieve this effect when drawing your lines.

How: Create a new layer in your layers palette. Use the pen tool (with the option set to paths) to draw your line (or signature, shape, etc..), then right-click when you’re done. You’ll see some options. One being “Stroke Path”. That’s the one you want. Then choose “brush” as your “tool”, with “simulate pressure” checked.

One thing to keep in mind is you should have your brush size, color, dynamics, etc… All set and chosen before you choose “stroke path”. You can do that either before you start to draw your path, or before you right-click and choose “stroke path”.

Ruth asks…

Which is better: Photoshop or Adobe Paint Shop Pro?

You see, I have paint shop pro, but what I want is photoshop because of the techniques you can do with it. But my mom won’t buy me it because she says that PSP works just as well and can do everything Ps can do. I find this hard to believe – but, I could be wrong.

I want photoshop because when I go to tutorials, they always seem to for photoshop. And photoshop has pretty much 80% of all brushes created (maybe I’m exaggerating). Also, on deviant art, when ever I see something that I really like I check out what it’s made from-Guess what it is? Photoshop. I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

So, which is better in graphic designing, photo manipulation, digital painting, just, cool effects?
I don’t care about money. I can always work my butt off, it isn’t gonna kill me.
(BTW, I have PSP X2, and I want any of the photoshops, I don’t care what version, as long as it’s good in design.)

Please be specific. I don’t want a one-word answer!
Thanks, soooooo much.

Timo answers:


Joseph asks…

Where’s the basic Photoshop B&W brush?

I have CS5 and I just want to selectively make things black and white. I don’t want to deal with the lasso, I just want to use a brush and “paint” over the color making it black and white.

I’m very new to photoshop, but not digital photography. Please be very clear on each step and the location of the buttons. Thank you

Timo answers:

Wow! Photoshop has a B&W brush? Didn’t know that. But then I’ve only been using it for 15 years. Let me know when you find it.

Mandy asks…

can someone explain to me the differences between regular Photoshop (CS3), the student version, and Elements?

for the student version, it says something about not working with full versions. so does that mean that if i started an image in the student version, but then wanted to continue it on the full version at uni, i wouldn’t be able to load it?

for the Elements one, i know it has fewer features, but does this include things like brushes and colour-altering options like curves, swatches etc.? i like to do digital painting, and i study illustration, so i was wondering if Elements would be suitable for artwork in that area?

Timo answers:

I don’t know where you read that the student version won’t work with full versions. It is possible that some resources (such as access to Adobe Stock Photos) are blocked, but the actual usability of the program is no different. I’ve used both versions (and right now am running the academic version of CS4—it’s called taking advantage of still being a student for a few more months). What does happen is that you are not supposed to use the student version for any commercial purposes. And if you are no longer a student when it comes time to upgrade to the next version, you will pay more for that upgrade to a full retail version than if you already had the full retail and wanted to upgrade. Any files you create in the academic version will work fine in the retail version and vice versa. If you have any concerns, I’d save my work in a couple of different ways: specifically, in a layered .psd (native photoshop file) and a layered .tif file.

Elements as you already know, has fewer features. For one thing it doesn’t including masking, and I don’t think it has the fully manual control over curves and levels that you have in full Photoshop. Another thing I understand it lacks is the ability to change color modes from RGB to CMYK (I believe it lacks CMYK support). The reason for that is most people using Elements have no clue about CMYK vs. RGB. They don’t have to think about it: they either print their own images off a desktop inkjet printer or have them printed through a service (such as a photo kiosk at a camera store or even a Walmart). Your desktop inkjet printer does the CMYK conversion in its own software; most people who aren’t really trained in photography or graphic design, etc. Only care that the print should match what they see on screen as much as possible.

Helen asks…

What’s Wrong With My Digital Coloring?

I know my style and drawing ability is less than desirable but I would really appreciate it if I could get some advice or help on how to get better at coloring. I’ve tried experimenting with different brushes and stuff but the outcome always leaves me unhappy.

The programs I use is Sai Paint (Usually just for linearts) and photoshop.
If you have any advice for my drawings your free to give it.

Timo answers:

Systemax PaintTool SAI
Adobe – Photoshop CS5

for the most part, they are good, maybe just more practice with details, you have different ways of coloring objects and backgrounds already, try creating depth and perspective, and using more layer in SAI or Photoshop with layer blend modes, so to paint dark areas with one layer as overlay, and light areas with multiply, you could try adding b&w or dark color layer for separate shading and shadows, for shape and form of objects, keep drawing in pencil as well for some details,

search deviantArt for other SAI and photoshop tutorials on coloring,

portalgraphics openCanvas
Corel Painter 11
ArtRage 3

Pixarra : TwistedBrush
MyPaint »
Gimp ~image editor,

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