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Part 8. Drawing, Painting, and Filling w... > Task 1 How to Paint an Image

Task 1 How to Paint an Image

Painting an image in Photoshop involves selecting a brush and applying an effect to an image. This task outlines the basic procedure for working with any of Photoshop's painting tools, regardless of the effect you are applying or the kind of file to which you're applying it. Photoshop makes available the Airbrush, Paintbrush, Rubber Stamp, History/Art History Brush, Eraser, Pencil/Line, and Sharpen/Blur painting tools and the Dodge/Burn/Sponge tools.

Select the Brush Tool

Open an image file. Click the Paintbrush tool in the Photoshop toolbox.

Choose a Blending Mode

With the Paintbrush tool selected, choose Normal from the Mode menu in the Options bar.

Set the Opacity

The Opacity slider controls the density of the brushstrokes applied by the tool. Click and drag the slider to a lower setting for more transparent effects; leave it at 100% to paint with a completely opaque stroke. The Flow slider controls the feather of the brush. Combine Flow and Opacity to create the proper balance of transparency and soft brush strokes.

Choose a Brush

Click the small arrow next to the Brush icon in the Options bar to open the brush palette. Move the Master Diameter slider to set the brush size, or select a preset from the list. To avoid painting the image when you click, try clicking in an empty space in the Options bar.

Paint the Image

To apply the paint effect, move the cursor into the image window and click and drag.



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