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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

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Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

Now we should talk a little bit more about our brush because there's something I neglected to talk about. And that is a lot of people want to know the difference between opacity and flow. And so I'd like to show you the difference there. When I choose a brush and I start painting with it, it looks out both the A pass ity and the flow settings to determine how much you can see through my brush. And if they're both had 100%. When I click and drying like this in the very center of my brush, you will not be able to see through the middle at all. I'll choose undo. If I change the opacity setting, then you're gonna be able to see through my brush in. So if I bring that down, let's say I brought it down toe 20% or somewhere near there. Now, when I click and I drag, you can see that I'm only getting a hint of this color showing up, and then I can go back and forth and back and forth and notice if I go back and forth. I'm not getting multiple coats of paint. It's not like having a can of spray ...

paint where the more times you go across the Moor coach to get. But if I do, let go of the mouse button and I click again, which I just did, we get a second coat of paint and it doesn't matter how many times have pain across that. It's only two coats now. Let go again in Click and I get 1/3 coat of paint and I can let go click and get 1/4. But to build up the effect, I have to let go of the mouse button and click again. Many choose undo a few times to get back to what we had earlier. Now let's bring capacity all the way up to 100 instead bring flow down to around 20%. And let's try the same thing. I'm gonna click here and I'm gonna drag and then I'm not gonna let go of the mouse, and I'm gonna drag in Dragon and Greg across the same area multiple times. So flow means how much do I want in my first paint stroke across the area. But if I paint across it again, I'm going to get Maura and Mawr and Mawr, so you could think of adjusting flow. It's like using a can of spray paint where the more times you go across an area, the more coats you get, the difference being that if you go slower, you don't get mawr and faster getting less because you get that with a can of spray paint. But it's just counting the number of times you go across. Then you can use flow and opacity together. If you bring capacity down, let's say I have it at 50. In fact, if you use the number keys on your keyboard, you're going to be changing the opacity if you're in the paint brush. So if I take five, I get 50%. Type nine you get 90% were type two numbers very quickly. To get a precise value, like 32% you gotta type three to really fast. So if I set opacity to 50% and I set flow to, let's say, 20% how does that work? Well, in the end, it's going to be that opacity determines the maximum amount you can get without releasing your mouse button, so that means they'll never get more than 50%. Opacity flow means how much of that maximum? Um, I going to get on the first pass, so I'm gonna get 20% of 50. Then if I paint back and forth and back and forth and back and forth, it's gonna build up. But it's never going to get above whatever the opacity is set to. Unless I released the mouse button, and only then could it add more so flow and opacity can be nice. It's a matter of do you want it to build up a zoo pain across and across. If so, adjust flow, or do you want it to not build up? If you happen to overlap, your pain strokes and you have to release the mouse button in order, ADM. Or if that's what you're looking for, instead, be using capacity and some people will get fancy and use both. The number keys on your keyboard will change opacity when you're in the paint brush tool, and if you hold down the shift key when you use the numbers, it will change the flow. Typing zero brings it to

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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