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Photoshop in Focus

It seems that at one point or another, everyone who uses Photoshop needs to create foliage in an image. It's easy to prepare for that day ahead of time and, at the same time, get some practice managing brush sets.

1.
Open the Photoshop Brushes palette.

2.
From the palette menu, choose Reset Brushes.

3.
Click the OK button rather than the Append button.

4.
Put the Special Edition Using Adobe Photoshop 7 CD into your optical drive and let it mount.

5.
From the Brushes palette menu, choose Load Brushes.

6.
Navigate to the Brushes folder on the CD and load Pete's Custom Brushes.

7.
In the Brushes palette, (Option-click) [Alt+click] on all non-leaf, non-grass brushes to remove them from the palette. Tip: Start with the first brush, and the palette will bring the next to you—you don't have to move the cursor until it's time to skip a brush you want to keep.

8.
For each of the brushes, set appropriate Shape Dynamics, Scattering, and Color Dynamics options.

9.
Use the Brushes palette menu command Save Brushes. Name the set Foliage.abr (don't skip the file extension), and save the set to a location where you'll be able to find it when you need it.


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