|The Digital Darkroom
Developed and Instructed by James Gordley ©2004 - 2008
Paint Brush Options bar
|Photoshop Elements provides an ample set
of brush presets. Pictured on the left is the Default Brush
preset. Pictured below is the list of presets that come with Photoshop
Take a few minutes and look at all of the brushes in the brush
library. Once you have seen all of the presets you might think
that there couldn't possibly be more, but there are many more. Most of
these brushes can be customized in Size, Spacing, Fade, Hue Jitter,
Hardness, Scatter, Angle and, Roundness. Adjustments are made using
the "More Options" dialog box pictured on the right.
- Start a New Document use "White as the background. Use a preset
size of 800px by 600px
- Create a new layer.
- Choose a round brush from the Default Brush set.
- Use any color except for white and drag a stroke across the
- Change the Spacing to 150% and repeat the stroke just below the
- Note the difference in the two strokes.
- Make adjustments in the other parameters and note the different
looks you can create by changing these options.
Default Brush Preset
|Options for using a graphics tablet
increase the flexibility of the brushes. Using the pen pressure of the
graphics tablet the Size, Opacity, Hue Jitter, Scatter, and Roundness
of the brush can be adjusted during the stroke.
Medion 9 x 12 Graphics Tablet with Pen and Mouse
Creating a Custom Brush
|Even though Photoshop Elements is loaded
with brushes and the tools you need to change the way those brushes
work. You may want to make your own custom brush.
You can create a custom brush out of any selection.
carefully making a selection of a wasp in a photograph I was able to
create a brush which I can now use anytime that I want to. The image
on the left was done using gradient fill on one layer and a single
brush stroke on another (the wasp). Notice that the brush has areas of
opacity that are not solid. When creating a brush keep in mind that
darker areas will appear solid in your brush, lighter areas will
selecting the Define Brush from Selection option the dialog box seen
on the left will appear on your screen. Type in a name for your new
brush and that is it. Your brush is added to all of the other brush
presets and will be available for you to use at any time and with any
tool that can use a brush shape.