Photoshop CS6: Brushes and Painting, with Pete Collins

Being able to create artistic images with Photoshop has never been easier with the new brushes and performance delivered in CS6.

Being able to create artistic images with Photoshop has never been easier with the new brushes and performance delivered in CS6. With the addition of Airbrush and Erodible tips, along with the mixer brush features, you can replicate real world art media and techniques inside of Photoshop. Whether you prefer pastels and oils, or watercolor and cartooning, Pete Collins, co-host of PhotoshopUserTV, will show you how to use the tools and techniques to begin to bring your vision to life.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:11)

Welcome to an in-depth look at the brushes and their role in Photoshop CS6

Lesson 2: What is in a brush: brush options (Duration 06:40)

We will look at the various options and settings that give you so much flexibility when working with brushes.

Lesson 3: 5 types of brushes (Duration 05:47)

What are the different brushes and how do they work. We will give youa quick overview of each brush type to get you started with more in-depth lessons on each brush to follow.

Lesson 4: Brush styles part 1: Brush tip shape and shape dynamics (Duration 05:21)

Being able to modify the characteristics of your brushes to achive the looks you want is such a powerful tool. We will look at the first two major settings in the brush styles panel.

Lesson 5: Brush styles part 2: Scattering, texture and dual brushes (Duration 05:16)

Continuing our look at how to edit brushes, we see how the next three options can dramatically change the look of our brush strokes.

Lesson 6: Brush styles part 3: The rest of the story (Duration 06:01)

This leasson looks at the remaining options that can supercharge your brushes and bend them to your will.

Lesson 7: Creating brushes (Duration 06:36)

Now that we understand how to edit our brushes, we will look at how easy it is to create our own.

Lesson 8: Making clouds and static (Duration 06:40)

Now we will learn how to make big puffy cloud brushes and also discuss the new options for the static brushes.

Lesson 9: Bristle brushes (Duration 05:08)

The first brush that we will look at in-depthÖ these brushes look and act like artistic paint brushes.

Lesson 10: Erodible tip brushes (Duration 07:03)

New for CS6, these new tips allow you to create more realistic dry media looks such as pastels and charcoal. The ability to have the tips erode as they interact with the canvas is truly wonderful.

Lesson 11: Airbrushes (Duration 03:40)

The second set of brand new tips for CS6Ö these will look and act just like airbrushing or spray painting. Get ready to be able to make some great new looks and textures.

Lesson 12: Mixer brushes (Duration 08:41)

Although not new, mixer brushes can be daunting, we are going to look at the different settings and how they work, and hopefully inspire you to see what you can do with them.

Lesson 13: Organizing your brushes (Duration 08:22)

Not the most exciting lesson title, but with all the new brushes and options, being able to keep up with and access the right tool at the right time is so important. You will learn how to create and manage brush libraries as well us seeing the potential of brush tool presets.

Lesson 14: Conclusion (Duration 00:26)

Thanks for watching. Hope you learned a lot.

Meet Your Instructor: Pete Collins

Pete Collins is a "Photoshop Guy" with KelbyOne. He's a designer and photographer who has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great…


  1. Very helpful. It's simple, yet breaks down every single tool and is accompanied with some very useful insight. Curious. Is anyone else experiencing chunky audio? I'm not sure if it's my connection speed or the mic he recorded with. The video is running smoothly, hence the reason I'm uncertain. Once again, wonderful class

  2. Well done Pete! I needed to have all this re-explained to me. You may call the last section boring, but it is a very important step in our "house keeping". I will surely watch this over and over until I get it all down.

  3. I have been a commercial graphic artist for decades, doing the same-old, same-old layouts and grab-and-go work for far too long. Am finding my way back to my roots as an illustrator, coupled with an emerging eye for photography but in the digital realm instead of the sketchbook. Iíve been working and fiddling for a technique and craft to call my own. This course on brushes has opened a long-shut door to a creative process I thought I had lost. Thank you a million times over to Pete and to KelbyTraining for this course. Excellent stuff!

  4. A great course on PS brushes! This course is both compact and comprehensive without being overwhelming or cumbersome. Before taking this course, I was confused about many aspects of the brushes in photoshop and their respective settings. Now I feel confident in using the different brushes and also experimenting with making my own. Pete is a good instructor and does a great job of explaining things. Thank you!

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