Photoshop Paint Tools

Paint brush air brush Example
Line tool Paint bucket Erasing

Using Paint Tools you can draw and create your own images and graphics.Adobe Photoshop and image ready contains many painting & editing tools and fill commands, that let you retouch existing art work in many different ways. Tools used for painting are line( photoshop line tool), paintbrush (photoshop paintbrush), airbrush (photoshop airbrush), and pencil () tools. The editing tools are history brush, rubber stamp, smudge, focus, toning. The paint bucket tool (photoshop paint bucket) fills adjacent pixels that are similar in color value to the pixels you click.

Useful Tips: (1)To draw a straight line with any painting tool, click a starting point in the image. Then hold down Shift, and click an endpoint. (2) You can limit the painting area in an image my making a selection. When you select an area, the painting do affect the area only within the selection. Without a selection, you can paint anywhere in the image. See the photoshop painting example

But before you start painting you should make some of decisions like,
(1) select the painting color
(2) select the tool’s brush size and any other options
(3) set the tool pointer display


Using the paintbrush, airbrush, or pencil tool:

The paintbrush tool creates soft strokes of color.Double-click the paintbrush tool to display its Options palette. Specify the blending mode, opacity, paint fade-out rate, and stylus options.Select Wet Edges to paint with a watercolor effect. With this option selected, the paint builds up along the edges of the brush stroke.Drag in the image to paint.

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paint1 Fade=0 ; wet edges not selected
paint2 Fade=1 ; fade to transparent; wet edges not selected
paint3 Fade=1 ; fade to background; wet edges not selected
paint4 Fade=1 ; fade to background; wet edges selected
paint5 Fade=23 ; fade to background; wet edges not selected

The airbrush tool applies gradual tones (including sprays of color) to an image, simulating traditional airbrush techniques. The edges of the stroke are more diffused than those created with the paintbrush tool. The pressure setting for the airbrush tool controls how quickly the spray of paint is applied. If you hold down the mouse button without dragging, you can build up color.

The pencil tool creates hard-edged freehand lines and is most useful for bitmapped images.

The Auto Erase option for the pencil tool lets you paint the background color over areas containing the foreground color. If you begin dragging over the foreground color, the area is erased to the background color. If you begin dragging from an area that doesn’t contain the foreground color, the area is painted with the foreground color. photoshop paint tool


Sample painting

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Here we are going to paint the flower. Select the flower using magic wand tool. Before begin painting, create a new layer on which to paint so that you can edit you painting without affecting the original image. Open the layer palette and rename the new layer as newflower. Select the paint tool,select the painting color, select the brush size and start painting. In the paintbrush options palette, I have selected wet edges, fade=0, and opacity 100%. You can experiment by changing the paint tool options.


Using the Line tool

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The line tool draws straight lines on an image. Double-click the line tool to display its Options palette. Specify the blending mode, opacity,and Weight. The Weight represents the line width. Select Anti-aliased to create soft-edged lines. 6 To include arrowheads, select Start, End, or both to specify where you want arrowheads. To edit the appearance of arrowheads, click Shape and do the following: (1) For the width of the arrowhead, enter a value from 10% to 1000% of the line width. (2)For the length of the arrowhead, enter a value from 10% to 5000% of the line width. (3) For the concavity of the arrowhead, enter a value from –50% to +50%. The concavity value defines the amount of curvature on the widest part of the arrowhead, where the arrowhead meets the line.


Using Paint bucket

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The paint bucket tools fills a selection with the color you want. First make a selection using any selection tools. Then click the paint bucket tool in selected area.

Double-click the paint bucket tool to display its Options palette. Specify the opacity and blending. Enter the tolerance for the fill. The tolerance defines how similar in color a pixel must be to be filled. Values can range from 0 to 255. A low tolerance fills pixels within a range of color values very similar to the pixel you click. A high tolerance fills pixels within a broader range. Select Anti-aliased to smooth the edges of the filled selection. To fill the selection with the foreground color or with a pattern, choose an option for Contents. To fill pixels based on the merged color data from all visible layers, select Use All Layers.


Eraser tool

If you make any mistake while painting, you can either use the history palette to undo the changes or use the eraser tool to touch up the mistakes.

Think of eraser tool as returning to transparency rather than erasing colored pixels. The eraser tool changes pixels in the image as you drag through them. You can limit the erasing area in an image my making a selection.

photoshop eraser tool

Select the eraser tool from the toolbox and drag the tool through the area you want to erase.. By default the eraser is the same shape and size as the default paint brush. Double-click the eraser tool to display its Options palette. Choose the tool type you want to use as an eraser—paintbrush, airbrush, pencil, or block. Specify the opacity, fade-out rate, and stylus options. When using the paintbrush option, select Wet Edges to erase with a watercolor effect. This option causes the erased effect to build up along the edges of the brush stroke. To erase to a saved state or snapshot of the image, select Erase to History. To use the eraser tool in Erase to History mode, hold down Alt as you drag in the image.


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