How to combine colors with the Mixer Brush tool in Photoshop CS3,CS4,CS5,CS6,Photoshop CC
Photoshop includes dozens of ways to combine colors. Try several that sound like they match your goals. With practice, you will become familiar with the effects of each tool and you can mix and match them to obtain unique styles.
The Mixer Brush tool in Photoshop CS6 takes the paint one notch higher to achieve a more realistic and natural media look in the brush strokes. This tool allows you to mix colors and vary your humidity within a single brush stroke.
The Mixer Brush tool uses two paint wells: a “deposit” that deposits color (Adobe calls it paint) on the canvas and a “collection” that receives, or collects, the color of the canvas (which can be an image or color). applied). It is a great tool to test if you want to paint on a photo to make it look more pictorial but you don’t want to apply a filter.
Here’s how to use the Mixer Brush tool:
- Select the Mixer Brush tool in the Tools panel.This tool shares the same drop-down menu as the Brush, Pencil and Color Replacement tools.
- To load color into your deposit, press Alt + click (Option + click) where you want to sample that color. You can also choose the desired foreground color from the Tools panel.
When you load color from your canvas, the tip of the brush reflects any color variation in the sampled area. If you want the brush tip to use a single color according to the sampled area, select Load solid colors only from the Load current brush (sample icon) drop-down menu in the Options bar.
- Choose a brush from the Brush Presets panel.Note that the HUD (Heads Up Display) gives you a great preview of how your brush looks from various angles (click on the HUD to change the views).
Set your desired options in the Options bar.
Here is a brief run down on options specific to the Mixer Brush tool:
- Sample loading of the current brush: the loading brush fills the brush with the color of the tank. Clean Brush removes the color of your brush. Loading solid colors only, as mentioned above, allows you to choose a uniform or varied color from your sampled area.
- Load brush after each stroke / Clean brush after each stroke: Automatically load the brush with deposit color and then clean the brush after each stroke. These two options are good options if you want to paint on a photo, for example, to look like a painting.
- Mixing brush combinations: choose presets, dry, wet, wet, very wet, with variations in the mixing levels. Experiment with these combos to see what they provide.
- Specify percentages of Wet, Load, Mix and Flow: Wet percentages specify how much color the brush picks on the canvas. Higher numbers give more paint. Load specifies how much color is loaded in the tank. The lower percentages allow the stroke to “dry” more quickly. Mix controls the proportion of the color of the canvas to the color of the deposit. A mixing percentage of 100% takes all the color of the canvas, while 0% obtains all the color of the deposit. The flow specifies how much color is pumped when the Airbrush option is enabled.
- Sample of all layers: allows you to choose or combine the color of all layers, not just your active layer.
- Drag your image to paint. If you have selected the Airbrush option, you can also press and hold the mouse to “build” your color.