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.