Brush Rotation

Brush Rotation

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Set Brush Rotation in Photoshop



Unless you are working with a round brush, the brush's rotation will affect your painted lines.

In this example we will show how to set the brush's starting angle and control the way it rotates as you work.


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 the new 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

Click the Brush Presets tab and select a soft edge round brush, then click the Brush tab to return to the brush settings. Increase the Brush Size if necessary by changing the Brush Size value.

Step Five

Click Brush Tip Shape to see the brush options, then click-drag one of the brush shape dots to make the brush a skinny oval shape.

Step Six

Click-drag the triangle to change the starting angle for the brush. Another option is to enter a value in the Angle box.

Step Seven

Draw multiple lines in the workspace that head various directions. Notice that the brush maintains the same angle for all the lines.

Step Eight

Click Shape Dynamics and change the Angle Jitter Control pull-down menu to Direction.

Step Nine

Return to the document and add more lines. This time the brush rotates to match the brush travel direction. For our paint stroke, we adjusted the Brush Spacing so you can see how the brush rotates based on the direction of the stroke.

More Angle Control Options

In this example we rotated the brush tip to match the mouse or pen's travel direction. From the pull-down menu in Step Eight. In addition to Direction, you can also set the tip's angle to Fade, Pen Pressure, Pen Tilt, Stylus Wheel, Rotation or Initial Direction.

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.