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    • A. Theinert – Becker College 2013
    • Download custom brush sets or Create your own!
    • You can download brushes from the web that other people have made. Often they come in sets, giving you a variety or brushes in the same category. For Example – “Leaves” Once you have downloaded the set, open the folder & double click the .abr file. The new brushes will automatically be added to your current list in Photoshop
    • • Create a Pattern or Shape • Open an Image & OR apply necessary adjustments In the Edit Menu, Select Define Brush Preset Name your brush and hit „OK‟
    • The Brush will automatically be added to your Brush Panel (Window > Brushes to open the Brush Panel) The Number in the icon is the Size of the brush in Pixels. This will be the default size in the Brush Panel. You can change this with the Size slider. Or by using the Keyboard Shortcut:
    • To Save your Custom Brushes: • In the top right corner of the brush panel click “Brush Presets”. • In the Settings menu of Brush Presets, Choose “Preset Manager”. • Select all of your custom brushes and click “Save Set”
    • The Brush Panel By combining different settings in the brush panel the possible brush strokes that you can create are nearly endless. • • • • • • • Shape Size Angle Roundness Hardness Spacing Scattering • Opacity • Size, Angle, & Roundness Jitter • Opacity & Flow Jitter • Texture • Color Dynamics
    • The Brush Panel: Opacity & Hardness • Two of the most important settings. Capable of providing a range of variations. • Available in the Option Bar as well as the Brush Panel
    • The Brush Panel: Rotation & Roundness You can adjust the Rotation of the brush by typing in the desired angle or by rotating the spinner. You can also mirror a brush by flipping it on its X or Y axis. You can change the Roundness by typing the desired % or by pushing the Handles on the spinner.
    • The Brush Panel: Spacing & Scattering Set the Spacing of the brush Scattering Enabled. Adjusting the Count will increase or decrease the amount of dots per stroke.
    • Sometimes starting out on a new project can feel overwhelming, perhaps you have no idea what you want to create and find it difficult to come up with an idea; OR maybe you have too many ideas and can‟t pinpoint a solid starting point. Speed Painting is a great technique for trying out ideas quickly before turning them into fully fleshed out pieces. It‟s all about placing the idea from your head into a visual form, even if its just a simple outline or sketch with very few details. Lets go over some speed painting
    • With the fast paced workflows of many development pipelines, often speed paintings may be the final product depending on what they are needed for. If you are tasked with coming up with 10 different character concepts, then it is not necessary that each drawing being a polished piece of artwork, you need only convey the idea for the designs and showcase what makes each unique. The word Concept in the term „Concept Art‟ means that you are still formulating ideas. Think Quantity & Quality
    • Thumbnail Sketches: When drawing concept art, a good place to start is by drawing a few very quick outlines using just black or grey. Try using a unique shaped brush such as a square or oval, this will help to avoid the temptation of adding too many details.
    • Once you have a basic shape you can choose the direction of your light source and sketch in areas of highlight with light-grey or white. At the same time you can begin adding darker shadows. You can also add some quick strokes to the background to begin establishing your horizon line and scale. After establishing your highlight areas you can begin adding color on a new layer on top of your sketch. By setting your pen pressure to Opacity & Flow (transfer menu) and selecting the Build-Up option, you can get a variety of values from just one color, (pressing harder for a dark value and softer for light values) ** Keep in mind that these are Speed Paintings, each stroke should be quick, almost sloppy. Keep your hand light and let it flow across the canvas. **
    • To finish the painting you only need to build up more layers of detailhighlights, shadows, c olor, etc. Experiment with using different shaped brushes. Try unique scattering brushes to add quick texture & detail. Often the simplest details can make a big difference. For Example - Notice the brush type used to add depth to the smoke This finished sketch may look very detailed and polished from a distance, but if we zoom in on the strokes we can see that it was created in a quick & fluid manner.
    • This same method works on environments, landscapes, & portraits as well.
    • Tips:  Set a timer for yourself for 30 – 60 minutes. Then move on to a different sketch.  Switch brushes or adjust your settings frequently. Often the right brush can do half the work for you.  If you can‟t find a brush that suits your needs, create your own.  Use reference images. If you‟re painting a mountainous landscape pull up a few photographs of mountain ranges from different regions of the world, this will help keep your imagination diverse!  Don‟t get hung up on small details, focus on large strokes that outline the shapes first. Then add detail using highlights and shadow as your guide.  Switch colors often. Variety in color can substitute for texture details.