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Adobe Photoshop Brush Basics: A Primer on Brush Anatomy

It just occurred to me that brushes are SUPER CONFUSING in Photoshop because everything is called brushes! To make things a little easier, I’m now very conscientiously calling them as either as a Brush (Tool) or a Brush (Tip). And I made a chart (I hope it makes sense).

  • Using a Photoshop Brush requires the selection of a Brush (Tool) and a Brush (Tip).
  • Brush (Tips): Determine the shape of the brush. There are 3 types of Brush Tips: Standard, Pattern, and Bristle. All other Brush Settings are the Same.
  • Brush (Tools): Determine the type of mark the brush makes. Many tools, such as the cloning tool, eraser tool, use brush (tips) and can be considered brushes.
  • Brush Preset: Saves the settings of the Brush (Tip).
  • Tool Presets: Saves the settings of both the Brush (Tip) PLUS the Brush (Tool).

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  1. 2011/03/17 at 11:16 am

    I’ve been using Photoshop for around 15 years now, and I only just figured out how to make changes to the brush (tip) settings. In my defense, it is true I didn’t have a need before. (I created a custom background for my twitter account.)

    A diagram like this one would have enticed me to “come out and play” much sooner. This is good info. Now that I’ve found your blog, I’ll return often. Thanks.

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