Graphics Programs Reference
Several tools are available in Photoshop for painting. Although
these tools have subtle differences, they have one important com-
ponent in common—the use of Photoshop's dynamic brush engine.
Before exploring the unique tools, let's look at how to control your
A few of the less useful tools have
been omitted in this chapter for
space reasons or are covered with
just a quick tip. If needed, you can
look up these tools in the Photo-
shop Help menu for a quick over-
view. However, I doubt you'll miss
the tools that have been omitted.
The Brushes panel contains several options. Most of these will be
well beyond what you'll need to get started. I'll briefly cover the
options, but be sure to return to this panel as you increase your
skills and confidence.
Photoshop has several brush presets to get you
started right away. You access these presets from
a panel that is docked with the Brushes panel;
several are loaded and more are in the Photo-
shop Presets folder. Let's check them out.
1. Create a new document. Because this exer-
cise is just for practice and you won't be print-
ing the file, choose the 800 × 600 preset from
the New Document dialog box.
2. Press D to load the default colors of black
3. Select the standard Brush tool by pressing B.
4. Choose Window > Workspace > Painting to
arrange the Photoshop interface so the most
commonly used panels for painting tasks are
5. Click the Brushes panel tab.