Painting With the History Brush

Painting With the History Brush

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Paint with the History Brush in Photoshop



Unless you make a selection in advance, filters affect the entire image. This technique is pretty cool if you want to paint a filter effect in selective areas.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Duplicate the background layer by dragging the background layer to the Create New Layer icon (Cmd/j (PC-Ctrl/ j). Name the new layer Source.

Step Three

With the Source layer selected, Choose an Artistic filter from the Filter menu by opening the Filter Gallery.

Step Four

Open the History palette and from the pull-down menu, choose New Snapshot. Name it Filter One.

Step Five

Scroll down the History palette and select the step just before the one where you added the filter.

Step Six

Click the History Brush and click the box in the History palette next to the Filter One name.

Step Seven

Selectively paint the Source layer with the History Brush.

Blending Modes, Brushes and Opacity

Experiment with Blending Modes and Custom Brushes and Opacity as you paint. Consider using several snapshots to build your image.

About Snapshots

Snapshots are lost when you close the document. Painting with a snapshot only works on its original layer.