Brush Scattering

Brush Scattering

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Set Brush Scattering in Photoshop



Brushes are defined by one or multiple shapes in the brush tip. The Scattering options allow you disperse the shapes as you paint your document.


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 the Brush Presets panel and choose Reset Brushes from the panel pull-down menu.

Step Five

Select a brush. In this example we chose the Round Point Stiff brush from the Brush Presets panel. Click the Brush tab to return to the brush settings.

Step Six

Click Brush Tip Shape at the top of the panel, then adjust the Spacing slider above the brush preview. As you adjust the Spacing slider, you see that the brush is just a series of dots. Adjust the slider so you can see the individual dots.

Step Seven

Click the Scattering tab to activate the Scattering feature.

Step Eight

Adjust the Scatter slider and notice how the dots are scattered over a wider pattern.

Step Nine

Count is used to add more density to the brush.

Step Ten

To vary the count as you paint, you can adjust the Count Jitter value.

Step Eleven

Paint some lines in the document and notice how the settings affect the brush.

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.

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.