Written and Copyright Cherie
This is my own creation, any similarities to other
tutorials is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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Go to your PSP folders and in your baby bee folder make a new folder that Says Brush Lesson

 

Paint brushes is a very useful tool the more you get to know it the better you are. The first thing were going to do is learn were they are at and how to access them.

Were going to start our very first image. So this is almost like to lessons rolled up in one. Follow the steps.

1. In order to view your paint brushes your going to need a new image. So go to file/new

or click on the new button on the top of your PSP it looks like this:

or keyboard short cut of Ctrl N.

2. A box will open that looks like this: Make your settings the same as mine below. Since we have not learned the paint bucket yet were going to pick a color instead of our new image being transparent.

Click on the spot that I have marked above a box will open. Select the color that you want to use for your image. I am going to use a black color so my brushes stand out more.

NOTE: REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A COLOR CHOSEN SO WHEN YOU GO MAKE A NEW IMAGE CLICKING TRANSPARENT WILL GIVE YOUR PROJECT A TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND AND NORMALLY THAT IS THE SETTING YOU WANT TO USE.

3. Now that you have a new image let's learn a little about PSP lingo. New images are frequently refereed to as "Blank Canvas" so if you see that in a lesson you will understand what they are talking about.

4. Okay on your "Blank Canvas" click on the - sign to minimize it in your PSP.

5. Click on your paint brush from your main tool bar .

6. On the top portion of your tool bar will be your presets. Presets are important and come up every time you click on your tools. Mine looks like this:

If you don't see your presets the click on F4 on your keyboard. F4 is the function key and shortcut for the presets.

7. Now were going to look at our actual paint brushes. PSP comes with preinstalled paint brushes. So let's pull them up. Remember mine will look different because I have lots saved in them. With your paintbrush tool selected go to your presets and next to it will be like a preview box. There is an arrow in the box. Click on the arrow and a box will open that looks like below. Make sure that all is selected. These are your paint brushes. Scroll through them and take a look at what you already have.

ASSIGNMENT: TAKE A SCREEN SHOT LIKE THE ONE ABOVE OF YOUR BRUSHES. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THEM. RESIZE IT AND SAVE IT AS A JPEG. SEND IT IN FOR CREDIT.

8. Okay now that you have found lets talk about the preset settings.

1. is your presets - shows what tool your working with. And in this case its the brush

2. Round brush is the default brush. If you change your brush to work on a project and close your PSP it will open up with the last brush you used.

3. is the shape. The shape tool only will give you a circle or a square.

4. is your size. Some brushes download huge so watch the size.

5. Hardness- Determines how sharp the edges of the tool are.

6. Step - Determines the distance placed between applications of paint during a single (continuous) paint stroke. Lower Step values yield a smoother, more continuous appearance; higher step values yield a choppier appearance.

7. Density: Determines the coverage of the paint step. (For the Eraser tool, this setting determines the level of erasing.) Higher values yield complete coverage; lower values yield spottier coverage as though you're spraying the paint. Note that when using the Airbrush tool, you should set Density to values lower than 100.

8. Thickness: Determines how wide the brush is . Setting Thickness to 100 gives you a completely round or completely square brush (depending on the Shape setting). As the Thickness setting decreases, the brush becomes increasingly narrow.

9. Rotation: Will change the direction of your brush

10. Opacity: How well the paint covers the image surface . At 100% opacity, the paint covers everything. At 1% opacity, the paint is almost transparent. For the Eraser tool, this setting determines the level of erasing.

11. Blend Mode: How painted pixels are blended with pixels on underlying layers. The blend modes are the same as layer blend modes.

12. Continuous Stroke: Continuous Stroke Specifies whether paint builds up as you apply multiple strokes of less than 100% opacity over the same area. If this check box is marked, paint maintains a continuous color and repainting an area has no effect. If this check box is cleared (the default), each brush stroke over the same area applies more paint; the color darkens until it reaches 100% opacity.

13. Wet Look Paint: Mimics wet paint, with soft color inside and a darker ring near the edge. Decrease the Hardness setting from its maximum of 100% to see the effect.

Okay there's the boring stuff referenced for Jasc help file so now let's play.

1. Open up your "Blank Canvas" Make your preset settings like mine:

2. On your foreground choose a color that will be visibly shown on your "Blank Canvas" Refer to your materials pallet lesson on foreground and backgrounds. My background is black so I am using white as the contrasting color.

3. Go to your blank Canvas and write your name like this:

This is how it looks with the wet look. ASSIGNMENT: Crop down your name save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

4. Close your image don't save it again you already did. And open up a new image with a background color. Now uncheck the Wet Look Paint. Write your name again. It looks like this without the wet paint.

ASSIGNMENT: Crop down your name save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

5. Close your image don't save it again you already did. Open up a new image with a background color. Choose one of your pretty brushes. Click on the "Blank New Canvas" a couple of times or choose different brushes so you can see how they look. Mine looks like this:

ASSIGNMENT: Crop down your Brush image resize it to 350 width (in resize make sure your "Lock Aspect Ratio is checked so the height adjust for you ) save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

ASSIGNMENT RECAP:

1. TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR BRUSHES. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THEM. RESIZE IT AND SAVE IT AS A JPEG. SEND IT IN FOR CREDIT.

2. Crop down your WET LOOK name save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

3. Crop down your NON WET LOOK name save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

4. Crop down your Brush image resize it to 350 width (in resize make sure your "Lock Aspect Ratio is checked so the height adjust for you ) save it as a jpeg and send it in for credit.

 

Send in your lesson like so: Baby Bee Paint Brush (name) for credit. Send them to: