Adobe Photoshop Tutorial. Copyright Michael B. Karbo.


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    Now let us draw

    Now that you have named and saved the picture, you can get on drawing.

    1.   Click on the brush button in the tool box. That is number four in the right column. You can also use the shortcut letter b.

    2.   We previously mentioned the two active colors. When you paint and draw, such as with the brush tool, then you use the foreground color. So click on the yellow color in the swatches palette:

    3.   The brush is a tool, which can exist in multiple variants. It can be set and adjusted in an incredible number of ways; here we make it easy by selecting a pre defined brush size. Click on the small arrow to the right of the brush symbol in the settings line.

    4.   Then select the brush with a master diameter of 13. You see it in the list that scrolls down from the settings line:

    5.   Press Enter when you have selected the brush. That closes the dialog box.

    6.   Then start to draw a flower. Make it something like this:

    7.   Photoshop’s brushes come in hard and soft versions. The softer a brush is, the softer is its edges. Now you need to switch to a brush size 13 but the soft version. Use the settings line, and select further down in the list the soft version size 13. You can see on the brush stroke that it has a soft edge; therefore it is a soft brush:

    8.   You can change the degree of softness for a brush; actually the brushes can be freely ”programmed,” but we will not get into that now. Close the list of brush types by pressing Enter.

    9.   Then choose a bright red color from the swatches palette, and try to fill the flower petals with red color like here:

    10. Finish the flower petals. Now the flower has to be ”mounted” on a stem. Choose a green color from the swatches palette.

    11. Choose a hard brush in size 19. Draw the stem and a couple of leaves as you see below. Notice that the green stem overlaps the flower, we will correct that shortly:

    12. Now select the soft brush in size 9.

    13. Use the Eyedropper tool (which can be activated with the shortcut letter i), and click in a yellow area. That picks up the yellow color, so it becomes the foreground color:

    14. Then choose the brush tool (with letter b). Now you can repair the yellow flower edge:

    15. Finish the picture. Switch between the four colors and different brushes. Bear in mind that unless you are very good at drawing, the picture might be quite primitive – but that is quite allright.

    The Undo Function

    It is difficult to make good drawings with a mouse – and thus it is easy to make errors. Like in other programs you can select Edit --> Undo Brush Tool press the shortcut Control+z to undo the last action.

    1.   Try that. Draw a crazy line anywhere. Press Control+z, and the line is gone. Then press Control+z again, and the line comes back.

    2.   Photoshop has another excellent undo function. Try to make four random brush strokes. You can now undo them in this way:

    3.   See the History Brush Tool palette. That shows a list of the operations that you have made in the picture. Each line in the palette represents one operation (such as a brush stroke). In the bottom of the list you see the latest operation.

    4.   If you select an operation (click on the line) higher up in the list, all the actions below will be cancelled. In this way you can ”regret in reverse” in the picture development. Click on the second last line:

    5.   Then the last brush stroke is deleted. Click in the line above – then another brush stroke is deleted. Try that, click up and down in the list, and follow the result in the drawing.

    The summary of actions exists only while you work with the picture in Photoshop. When you save and close a picure, the summary is reset.


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