Graphics Programs Reference
Photoshop has a very rich set of painting and drawing tools. These
tools have been in Photoshop since its first release, yet they have
evolved greatly over time. The painting and drawing tools have
many uses. To name a few:
• Fine artists can paint entire works into Photoshop with its
realistic painting system. Using software can be an affordable
alternative to traditional methods, which require more space
• Comic book colorists can use Photoshop to paint the color into
the inked drawings.
• FX designers can create background paintings for movie
special effects work. In fact, the co-creator of Photoshop, John
Knoll, is a lead visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light and
Magic, the group behind the Star Wars franchise and many
other well-known films.
• Commercial photographers can touch up and enhance photos
using digital tools instead of a traditional airbrush. Nearly
every photo you see in a fashion or entertainment magazine
has undergone some digital touch-up in Photoshop to paint out
These tools appear simple at first, and in fact they are. After all,
the technology behind a paintbrush is pretty straightforward.
It's the skill of the user holding the tool that determines results.
A thorough understanding of the painting and drawing tools
can come in handy while working in many areas of Photoshop.
Whether you use Photoshop for image touch-up or to create origi-
nal images from scratch, be sure to master these tools by practic-
ing the exercises in this chapter.