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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Painting the petals of the flowers

Painting the petals of the flowers

Now that you've seen how the paint bucket tool can fill a layer with color, you'll use the paintbrush tool to apply color with brush strokes.

1.
In the Layers palette, select the Flower layer.

2.
Click the Switch Foreground and Background Colors icon ( ) so that the foreground fill color is white and the background fill color is green.

3.
Select the paintbrush tool ( ).

When you select the paintbrush tool, the options change in the tool options bar to correspond with the paintbrush.



4.
In the tool options bar, click the Brush arrow ( ) to display a palette of brush sizes, and select the Hard Round 5 Pixels brush size.



5.
Enter 75% in the Opacity text box for the brush strokes.

6.
In the tool options bar, click the Brush Dynamics button ( ) to display the Brush Dynamics pop-up palette. Choose Fade from the Opacity menu, and enter 50 in the Steps text box.

The greater the number of steps you enter, the longer it takes for the brush stroke to fade away.


Brush stroke set to fade out to 0% opacity after a specified number of steps



10 steps



50 steps


7.
In the document window, use the paintbrush tool to apply a few strokes to a flower petal.

Notice that the white color of each stroke starts at 75% opacity and then fades out completely. An easy way to change the size of your strokes while you're painting is to press the [ key to make the brush size smaller or the ] key to make it larger.

8.
Now paint all the flowers in the image white, changing the brush size and other paintbrush tool options as desired.

Note

You can change the brush appearance on the screen by choosing Edit >Preferences > Display & Cursors. For Painting Cursors, select Standard ( ), Precise ( ), or Brush Size ( ).


The Brush Size pointer becomes larger when you press the ] key.


9.
Choose File > Save.

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