Photoshop CS5 Top 5: The New Painting Tools

In my final Photoshop CS5 Top 5 video, I show you Photoshop CS5’s most ambitious innovation, the new painting tools. You have the bristle brushes, which simulate real-world traditional art brushes, down to the quantity and stiffness of the hairs. And you have the mixer brush, which lets you mix your paint with a base photograph as if the photo were rendered in wet oils.

Today's graphic is rendered using Photoshop CS5's one new blend mode, Divide. And though I don't document Divide in this particular video, I assure you, these next 17 minutes and 36 seconds are going to divide your socks off.

Now a lot of you are going to look at the new brush options and think, "Hey, I’m a photographer, I don’t do painting!" Naturally, I urge you not to think that way; it just limits your creative freedom. But there is some truth to it. New or old, Photoshop's painting tools respond positively to a pressure-sensitive input device---such as the Wacom Intuos4 that I use in the video---and a little bit of raw talent.

In any event, you gotta dig the results. In this video, I transform a photograph of my editor and sidekick Colleen Wheeler into a hand-painted piece of art, complete with brushstrokes that look like you could reach out and touch them.

As for you artists, here’s the kicker: Each and every brushstroke draws its color from the image itself so there’s no need to mix a pigment or dip a brush.

Whatever your background, I believe you'll agree: The results are absolutely amazing.

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Fabulous tutorial set for the week, Deke. Can't wait to get my hands on PS CS5 and put your teachings to use.

Be well.

Warm regards,
The Drunk Guy Who Confabbed w/You and Bert at the Rosen Centre during PSW. ;-)

Outstanding (as always)!

Having used the Mixer Tool and the Bristle Brushes myself, I totally agree with Deke that they rock even for a photographer! The video is awesome as always, Deke is one of the finest Photoshop instructors, if not the best!