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Painting Using a Photo as Your Guide

Photoshop 7's new Brush engine includes a great collection of brushes and brush controls to give you more traditional paint effects. Felix uses this particular technique to create a paint effect by using a photograph as a template and painting on top of it using specialized brushes.

Quick Tip: What about the Art History Brush?

The Art History brush, (which is what we used in previous versions of Photoshop to replicate traditional art effects) is still there, but with Photoshop 7's new Brush engine, I haven't yet found an occasion to use it. But in case you feel the need to use it, press Shift-Y until you see it appear in the Toolbox (where the History Brush usually lives). My tip: Use a very small brush and paint over your existing image. It's pretty limiting, and maybe that's why Adobe introduced a whole new Brush engine in Photoshop 7.

  1. Open the photo you want to use as the basis of your painting.

  2. Figure 8.55

  3. Go under the Window menu and choose Brushes. In the list of Options on the left side of the dialog, click on the words "Brush Presets" to make those options visible. In the Brushes drop-down menu, choose Wet Media Brushes. When the dialog box appears, click OK to load this set of brushes.

  4. Figure 8.56

  5. Create a new Layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Then press "b" to get the Brush tool, and in the Brushes palette, choose the brush named "Dry Brush on Towel." Hold the Option key (PC: Alt key) to temporarily toggle to the Eyedropper tool, then click the Eyedropper on the color under the area where you want to start painting.

  6. Figure 8.57

  7. Although you'll be painting on your new layer, you're going to use the Background layer image as a tracing template. Begin painting and try to mimic the shapes and colors from the background onto Layer 1 using the Brush tool.

  8. Figure 8.58

  9. You'll need to vary the size of your brushes as you paint and use smaller brushes to paint more detailed areas. Letting some of your brush strokes overlap will give your image a more painted look.

  10. Figure 8.59

  11. Once you've painted over the entire image area, we can help the overall effect look more painted by adding texture. To do this, go under the Filter menu, under Texture, and choose Texturizer. When the dialog box appears, for Texture choose Canvas, lower the Scaling to 80%, and click OK to put a light texture over your image. If the texture seems too intense, go under the Edit menu and choose Fade Texturizer. When the dialog appears, lower the Opacity slider to lessen the effect of the filter.

  12. Figure 8.60

Quick Tip: Another way to delete brushes

Another way to delete a brush is to Control-click (PC: Right-click) on it in the Brushes flyout menu and a contextual menu will pop up where you can choose Delete Brush from the menu.

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