Erodible Tip Brushes
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Work with Photoshop Erodible Tip Brushes
Erodible Tip Brushes are used to simulate pencils and pastels. The brush tip rounds and dulls the more you use it. To sharpen the tip, you simply click the Sharpen Tip button in the Brush palette options.
These brushes work well with textures. For more information, see topic, Brush Texture.
Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).
Click the Create a New Layer icon to add a new blank layer. You can experiment with your Erodible Tip Brushes on this layer.
Select the Mixer Brush tool and open the Brush palette by clicking the Brush palette icon or choosing Window > Brushes.
Also open the Tool Presets panel by choosing Window > Tool Presets.
From the Tool Presets panel pull-down menu, select Pencils Mixer Brush. Click the Pencil - Hard Opaque brush and draw a line in the workspace.
Once you select the brush, a preview image of your brush appears in the upper left corner of the document. If you don't see the preview, click the Toggle the Live Tip Brush Preview icon at the bottom of the Brush panel.
Select the Brush Tip Shape option in the Brush panel.
To make the brush tip erode faster, increase the Softness slider. Watch the preview and notice how the tip becomes worn as you draw with a soft tip brush. Reset the brush softness back to zero once you are finished.
To sharpen the tip, click the Sharpen Tip button.
Notice how this brush has Shape Dynamics, Texture and Transfer attributes enabled. They became active when the brush was selected in the Tool Presets.
Click the word Texture to view the Texture panel.
The Depth slider controls the texture to paint ratio. Lower settings favor the texture and higher settings lay down more color.
To maintain the same texture settings for multiple brushes, click the Texture Lock icon.
Saving Your New Brush
By starting with a preset Erodible Tip 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 Erodible Tip 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.