Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

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English version:
In my illustration below, I’ve used paint brushes and layer masks in Adobe Photoshop.
1. Open your picture in Adobe Photoshop CC
2. Open your brushes under > Window > Brush
3. Create a new layer on top where you can paint and make a layer mask for corrections:
Step-by-step-guide: How to make a layer mask. To make changes in your layer mask is simple: use your brush and paint directly into your layer mask using black or white!

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Deutsche Version:
In meiner Illustration benutzte ich die Pinsel und Ebenenmasken in Adobe Photoshop.
1. Öffne dein Bild in Adobe Photoshop CC
2. Öffne deine Pinsel unter > Fenster > Pinsel
3. Erstelle eine neue Ebene ganz oben zum pinseln und eine Ebenenmaske für allfällige Korrekturen: Schritt-für-Schritt Anleitung: Wie man eine Ebenenmaske erstellt. Man korrigiert eine Ebenenmaske ganz einfach indem man direkt mit einem weissen oder schwarzen Pinsel innerhalb der Maske malt!

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Deutsche Version siehe unten!
Photoshop Tipp > SMART FILTERS: When I’m using Filters in Adobe Photoshop as shown on my Illustration below, I first go under MENU > FILTER > Convert for Smart Filters. With this method, I can apply every filter and work non-destructive. I open my layers and click on my Smart-Filter-icon which opens the previous chosen filter settings so I can make my adjustments.
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Deutsche Version
Photoshop Tip > SMART FILTER: Wenn ich in Adobe Photoshop Filter benutze – siehe unten – dann gehe ich unter MENU > FILTER > Konvertieren für Smart Filter. Mit dieser Methode arbeite ich nicht-Destruktiv , und kann somit jeden Filter löschen oder nach Wunsch verändern. Dazu öffne ich mein Ebenen-Bedienfeld und klicke auf meinen Smart-Filter-Icon, damit sich der vorher gewählte Filter wieder öffnet und ich Änderungen vornehmen kann.
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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

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Illustrator brushes / Pinsel

English:
How I make my own brushes in Illustrator: The brushes used in the illustration below are part of the “Artistic Watercolor Brushes” found under MENU > WINDOW > BRUSHES > Library. I drag the brush I like out of the Library on to the drawing board.

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Then I make changes to the brush and drag it into my regular Brushes-Window . There are 3 different brush-options, I prefer the Art Brush myself. Then I select the box the “Colorization Method > Tints”, so I can color my brush stroke later on.

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Deutsch:
Wie ich meine eigenen Pinsel in Illustrator erstelle: Ich benutze meistens einen bestehenden Pinsel unter MENÜ > FENSTER > PINSEL. Die Pinsel die ich unten bei meiner Illustration benutzte, sind Teil der “Künstlerisch Aquarell Palette” in der Pinselbibliothek. Ich ziehe einen Pinsel der mir gefällt aus der Pinsel-Bibliothek auf die Zeichenfläche.

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Dann verändere ich den Pinselstrich so wie ich ihn haben möchte und ziehe ihn in mein normales Pinselbedienfeld . Es gibt 3 verschiedene Pinsel-optionen die man ausprobieren sollte. Ich ziehe den Bildpinsel vor. Wichtig ist einzig die Option Methode “Einfärben > Farbtöne” anzuwählen, damit ich den Pinsel auch später nach Bedarf anders einfärben kann.

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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented and licensed by Illustration Source – Courtesy of Illustration Source

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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

How to quickly change brush sizes in Photoshop

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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

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TIP OF THE WEEK:
“How I quickly change my brush sizes in Photoshop”
With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. Control + Option (Mac) – drag up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness. Since I’m using a German keyboard; I have to press the ctrl & alt keys on my Mac…

On Windows: Alt + Right Mouse – drag left/right to decrease/increase brush size and up/down to decrease/ increase brush hardness.

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TIPP DER WOCHE:
“So verändere ich meine Pinselgrössen in Photoshop super schnell”
Wählen Sie Ihr Pinselwerkzeug, drücken Sie auf die ctrl & alt Tasten (Mac) – klicken & ziehen Sie nach links/rechts um die Pinselgrösse zu verkleinern/vergrössern. Ctrl + alt (Mac) – klicken & ziehen Sie nach oben/unten um die Härte zu reduzieren/verstärken.

Bei Windows: Alt Taste + rechter Mausklick – klicken & ziehen Sie nach links/rechts um den Pinsel zu verkleinern/vergrössern und nach oben/unten um die Härte zu reduzieren/verstärken.

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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented and licensed by Illustration Source - Courtesy of Illustration Source

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Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

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English version:

Illustrator Tipp > WIDTH TOOL: When I’m using any lines as shown on my Illustration below, I usually use the Width Tool. The Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator is ideal to give your lines character: select the line and drag with the mouse to define the width of your choice.

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Deutsche Version:

Illustrator Tip > BREITEN-WERKZEUG: Wenn ich bei meinen Illustrationen (siehe unten) verschiedene Linienstärken benutze, dann benutze ich das Breiten-Werkzeug. Das Breitenwerkzeug in Adobe Illustrator ist ideal um einer simplen Linie einen Pinsel-Charakter zu geben: die Linie anklicken und mit der Maus ZIEHEN bis die Linie breiter wird.

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View the artists’s homage on the topic: COMMUNITY

Miriam Selmi Reed is represented by Illustration Source, New York City. Portfolio and contact: Illustration Source NYC

Illustration technique: watercolor, acrylic and pencil combined with digital mixed media using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

Illustrations-Technik: Aquarell, Acryl mit Farbstift, gemischt mit Adobe Photoshop und Illustrator. Copyright by Illustration Source, New York City.

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How to draw in Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is primarily a vector based design tool to draw clean shapes and to create resizable Logos. Whereas Photoshop is raster based and therefore pixel dependent, Illustrator is using vector shapes made out of anchor points.

Therefore the Pen Tool in Illustrator is ideal to draw paths with anchor points:
With a simple mouse CLICK, you are setting corner anchor-points. If you are clicking AND dragging with the mouse at the same time, you’ll get round anchor-points with levers, with those are round corner points and curves possible.

The Pen Tool is ideal to draw closed shapes. It’s easy! Draw your shape while setting your points until you reach the first anchor-point again; select it to close the shape and choose a fill color.

PenTool

Video Tutorial for beginners:

The Pencil Tool draws lines which you can combine with the Width Tool.
To open the options for the Pencil Tool: Double click the Pencil Tool icon in the tool sidebar. The same way you may open the Brush options if needed.

The Pencil Tool is ideal to draw lines. If you do need to close the open path into a shape;
you either have to select both end-points and go under Menu > Object > Path > Join or use the shortcut ctrl+J for PC / command+J for Mac.

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Video Tutorial for beginners:

The Width Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6 is ideal to give your line a Brush stroke character: select the line and drag with the mouse until the line becomes wider.

WidthTool

The Pen Tool and Pencil Tool are both ideal to draw clean shapes and lines. The Width Tool can help to simulate a brush line. Although to achieve structures and water color effects; the Brush Tool would be a better choice!

The Brush Tool and its options are easily to find under Menu > Window > Brushes.
On the bottom of the Brush-Option, you may find the icon for the Adobe Brush Library with all kinds of artistic brushes.

Brushes

How to create your own Brushes or alter existing Brushes in the Adobe Library, will be shown in a future tutorial.
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Additional tutorials for advanced users:
Drawing in Illustrator for advanced users