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Chapter 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawin... > Working with the Paintbrush and Airb...

Working with the Paintbrush and Airbrush Tools

Photoshop's Paintbrush and Airbrush tools were designed to reproduce the visual effect of applying paint to a canvas. You have full control over the brush tip, color, size, opacity, and even the brush's blending mode. Control over the image is achieved by using additional layers to hold the brush strokes—adding additional layers increases the file size of a Photoshop document. Since layers have their own control systems, such as opacity, fill, and blending modes, you achieve even greater control over the final design, and once the brush stroke is correct, you can always merge the brush-stroke layer into the image to conserve file size.


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