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Reveals how he’s able to create custom brushes on the fly, which in turn streamlines his workflow and boosts his creativity
he things that can be done with your brushes inside Photoshop’s Natural Brush Media window are almost endless! I discover new possibilities almost every day, both at home and in the workplace. It’s amazing how you can manipulate your brush to create patterns, textures, hair, skin, that painterly feel, happy accidents and so on.
If my work assignment requires a realistic finish, I try to avoid using photo
TMarch 2015 references. I’m aware that photographs can help you become familiar with a subject, but I prefer to approach my subject afresh. I’m then free to create and use suitable brushes on the fly.
I must admit that it’s easier to take this approach with character design, compared to a complex composition featuring perspective, atmospheric depth and so on. But it’s good practice to work without being dependent on a particular set of references.
My interest in brushes started when doing my first speedpaints. I soon learned how the right brush can make the difference, when I had to create a precise and readable visual in a short amount of time without the use of photos. Further investigation revealed the endless possibilities they offer and today they’re a key part of my workflow. And of course, it’s fun using new custom brushes! I’ve supplied 65 of my own with this workshop, for you to try out.