Photoshop CS5 Trickery & FX: Simplifying The Interface - Part 2
10. Click the Scattering layer and watch what happens in your preview window, as shown in Figure 1.35J. This is a favorite brush property—it’s great for explosions.
11. Slide the Count slider to the right to add more of the brush effect to the scatter. Both Scattering and Count applied in combination can be visually powerful (see Figure 1.35K).
12. Click the Texture layer to add presets to your brush pattern, as shown in Figure 1.35L.
13. Click the Dual Brush options, as shown in Figure 1.35M, to add custom brush presets that will blend your current animated brush.
14. Change the colors of your foreground and background swatches by clicking the (front or foreground) color swatch near the bottom of the Tools palette to bring up the color picker. You can choose a color for that swatch and experiment with each of the sliders to understand its effects. There is no preview for this in the stroke window, so you will have to alter each property by drawing on a layer filled with white.
15. Select the Other Dynamics layer. Here you can tell the Brush engine how to apply the effects. Your options are to apply the technique with the Wacom pen’s pressure sensitivity, fade over a specified number of pixels, or use the pen tilt, stylus wheel, or pen rotation.
Creating Your Own Custom Brush Palette
After you create a few custom brushes, you will want to create a custom Brush palette. In Figure 1.36, the objective is to save the custom brushes that are highlighted in red into their own palette and discard the rest.
1. With your Brush Presets cascaded, click the submenu icon and click Preset Manager, as shown in Figure 1.37.
2. Highlight all of the brushes that you are not interested in saving with a Shift+click on the first and last brush. Now click Delete to discard them (see Figure 1.38).
3. Your Brush palette should now look something like Figures 1.39 and 1.40 in the stroke view on your Options palette.