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The Paintbrush

The Paintbrush Tool is the workhorse of all the painting tools in Photoshop. Press B to use the Brush, or select it in the toolbox. The Paintbrush behaves very much like the Airbrush, only paint is applied more evenly. That is to say, if you hold the mouse clicked in one area, paint does not continue to flow onto the canvas.

Although you can press Caps Lock to get a precision painting cursor, there is an even better option. Instead select Edit→ Preferences→Display & Cursors. In the dialog box that appears, look into the Painting Cursors section. An option is there that enables you to select from the following choices: Standard, Precise, and Brush Size. Choose Brush Size because this changes your painting cursor from a paintbrush or a crosshair to a circle that is the actual size of your brush.



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