Brush Hue, Saturation and Brightness

Brush Hue, Saturation and Brightness

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Vary the Brush Hue, Saturation and Brightness in Photoshop



As you paint with your brush you may want to slightly alter the Hue, Saturation or Brightness. The effect can involve one, two or all three brush characteristics. The term for vary in the Photoshop dialog boxes is jitter. In this example we'll demonstrate each of the Color Dynamics, one at a time.


Step One

Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Click the Create a New Layer icon to add a new blank layer. You can experiment with your brushes on this layer.

Step Three

Select the Brush tool and open the Brush palette by clicking the Brush palette icon or choosing Window > Brushes.

Step Four

By default there should be several brushes already loaded in the palette. Click one of the brush icons to select a brush.

Step Five

In the Brush panel, click Color Dynamics to access the Hue, Saturation and Brightness settings.

Step Six

Set the Foreground and Background swatches to orange and blue.

Step Seven

Draw a line on the top layer, then adjust the Foreground/Background Jitter slider and draw a second line. The second line is a combination of the two colors. Once you are finished, return the Foreground/Background Jitter slider to zero.

Step Eight

Move the Hue Jitter slider to 15% and draw a line. The line's color includes the Foreground color and similar hues on the computer color wheel. Once you are finished, return the Hue Jitter slider to zero.

Step Nine

Change the Saturation Jitter to 70%, then draw a line. Throughout the line, the Foreground color varies in saturation based on the Saturation Jitter slider. Set the Saturation Jitter slider back to zero.

Step Ten

Set the Brightness Jitter to 50% and draw a line. The line's color is the Foreground color with variations in the brightness.

Step Eleven

Change the forground color to a less saturated orange color.

Step Twelve

The Purity Jitter slider varies the color's saturation similar to the Saturation Jitter.

Step Thirteen

You can set the Control pull-down menu to Off, Fade, Pen Pressure, Pen Tilt, Stylus Wheel or Rotation.

Saving Your New Brush

By starting with a preset brush, you can modify the settings, then choose New Brush Preset from the Brush palette pull-down menu. You can also save your brush by clicking the Create New Brush icon in the bottom of the Brushes panel. All of the Hue, Saturation and Brightness values are saved with the brush.

Brushes Work With Many Tools

In addition to the Brush tool, the brushes also work with the Art History Brush, Blur, Burn, Clone Stamp, Dodge, Eraser, History Brush, Mixer Brush, Pattern Stamp tool, Pencil, Sharpen, Smudge and Sponge.

A limited round brush version is available with the Healing Brush tool and Spot Healing tool.


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