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Hour 7. Paintbrushes and Art Tools > The Brushes Palette

The Brushes Palette

Before discussing specific brushes, take a brief look at the Brushes palette, which is available via the menu command Window, Show Brushes. Although each tool has its own set of options (available under Window, Show Options or by double-clicking the tool in question), the Brushes palette (shown in Figure 7.2) works with all the art tools, from the Airbrush down to the Dodge tool. It gives you the ability to select any of Photoshop's preset brush shapes or to create your own.

Just click to select one of the preset brush shapes. The size and shape you see in the box are the size and shape of the brush. The only exceptions are the brushes with numbers beneath, which indicate the diameter of the brush in pixels. A brush can be up to 999 pixels wide, which translates to almost 14 inches. Remember, this doesn't select a tool. You have to do that in the toolbox or by typing a letter shortcut. The Brushes palette just influences the shape of the tool you select.


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