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IV. Artistic Elements > 11. Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools

Chapter 11. Drawing with Brushes, Shapes, and Other Tools

If you’re not of the artistic persuasion, you may feel tempted to skip this chapter. After all, you probably just want to fix and enhance your photos. What do you care about brush technique? Surprisingly enough, you should care quite a lot. In Elements, the idea of a brush extends to a great many things you might not expect. Brushes aren’t just for painting a moustache and horns on a picture of someone you don’t like, or for blackening your sister’s teeth in that old school photo.

Many tools in Elements use brushes to apply their effects. So far, you’ve already run into the Selection brush, the Clone Stamp, and the Color Replacement tool, to name just a few. And even with the Brush tool, you can paint with lots of things besides color—like lights or shadows, for example. In Elements, when you want to apply an effect in a precise manner, you’re often going to use some sort of brush to do it.


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