The Brush tool basically works as a real paintbrush, in the way that it lets you ‘paint’ on a layer. You have a multitude of brush settings at your disposal, making this one of the most versatile tools in the entire software.
What makes the Brush tool even more special is the fact that it is used every time there is a need to implement an adjustment on certain areas of the image with precision. Aside from the Eraser tool, no other tool lets you do this.
You can also customize the brush that you will be using, as well as create your own brushes. At present, there are thousands of user-created brushes available for free as well as for purchase.
- To start using the Brush tool, select the tool from the panel, and use the click-and-drag motion to start painting on the image. The B on a keyboard serves as a shortcut, letting you access the tool quickly.
- You can also use the Color Picker tool to select different brush colors.
Following are some of the settings that you can change, to alter the effect of the brush.
Size: If you wish to change the brush’s size, click on Brush Picker. This will open a drop down box in which you can adjust the size of the brush.
Hardness: This setting is used to change the hardness of the brush around the edges. The very same box where you adjusted the size of the brush also has a slider that lets you adjust the hardness. Setting it to a halfway point is the best option, as it will soften the edges of the brush, making the strokes seem more natural and less obvious.
Brush Tip: The same menu that was used for the previous settings also contains a variety of Brush tip options. These let you implement a unique effect on the image, sometimes even mimicking real-life drawing tools.
Brush Opacity: You can alter the brush opacity as well, from the top panel, right beside the Mode. The default opacity of brushes is 100 percent however this can be changed to make the strokes more translucent.