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Chapter 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawin... > Using the Painting Engine

Using the Painting Engine

Photoshop's painting engine (released in version 7) changed forever how Photoshop designers use brushes. Previously, Photoshop gave you the ability to create a brush in any size and shape, and then use the brush in a traditional manner. However, with the exception of changing the brush's spacing, it wasn't more than a glorified paintbrush. The painting engine with options, such as Shape Dynamics, Scattering, Texture, Dual Brush, and Color Dynamics, gives you control over brushes in ways that once were only available in programs like Corel Painter and Adobe Illustrator.

An Overview of the Brushes Palette

Photoshop's painting engine is, by default, located in the Dock on the Options bar. To access the painting engine you will first need to have a brush tool, or a tool that requires the use of a brush, such as the Eraser tool, and then click the Brushes palette. If you do not see the Brushes palette, click the Window menu, and then click Brushes.


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