Brush Smoothing in Photoshop CC 2018

Brush Smoothing in Photoshop CC 2018


Brush smoothing is another brilliant new
feature and attribute we can assign to our brushes now in Photoshop CC 2018.
In this video I’m going to show you why it is so important and how to utilize all
its features. First of all when you select a brush you can find the option
up here called Smoothing. Now I reduce this down to 0% for now just as a
demonstration but every brush by default is now set to 10% Smoothing it’s good to
know that it’s already there by default but by setting it to zero percent let me
show you how it looks when I draw with the mouse first of all so if I start
drawing lines with this brush that’s how it looks with the mouse now I’m going to
draw with the tablet something similar so I’m using a Wacom tablet and
obviously I can do much better with that but now using the tablet steel but with
an increase moving well you may be set to around 60% let’s see what I can do I
can do much neater work doing these curves and I can really control whether
I want smaller or bigger and really plan ahead how I want to do my twists and
turns. So the best way I can describe this feature is that it’s almost like a
steady hand drawing technique where as if you are holding the pencil with two
hands or maybe someone is guiding your hand is probably a better metaphor for
it because what is happening when you have smoothing turned on is that your
actual brush is slightly behind drawing so it’s delayed a bit and it’s almost
like you are pulling the brush around. Now you might think that that is not a
good thing but actually for this to make it work well this delay really helps so
let me show you what I mean I’m going to set the percent back to zero and I’m
going to just drew a line here so it’s a drawing I’ve done recently of Geralt
from the Witcher series and let’s say I want to add the contouring nicely so
that’s like a rough sketch I need to tidy this up so I’m going to go around
it and drew the lines now I’m not using any
Smoothing now and you can see that I’m doing quite a good job here but I get
loads of little inaccuracies along the way. Now if I increase the Smoothing up
to let’s say a hundred percent and then I start drawing notice how my line is
actually delayed behind the cursor but then I can get to every detail and just
really neatly refine them so if i zoom a little closer you might see actually
even better what I mean. So I have really good control over which details I want
to emphasize and which details I just would like to keep nice and steady and
smooth. Of course if I reduce my brush size I can get in the
inner parts as well and draw over these details once again with that nice same
precision maybe that’s a little bit too thin so I’m going to just increase my
brush size slightly and just show you that this is when I draw with Smoothing
and I’m going to again turn off Smoothing and try to draw this again you
can see that even though I’m using the tablet I will always have these bumps
where I don’t want them to show up so in the past what I would have normally done
is to use the Rotate tool, press R and keep holding it to rotate on the
keyboard and then it switches back to the brush tool so you notice if I turn
the whole canvas around it actually helps me to draw better because I’m
right-handed this is a more comfortable direction for me to draw but I’m just
going to press escape and demonstrate that even in an uncomfortable angle with
the smoothing on I can refine this line and override what was the original line
or if I want to I can follow the original line much closer than without
smoothing. Once again let’s see this line here so the original wobbly line is now
replaced with a much neater and more steady line same thing goes
here I can nicely curve this line around there and so on and so forth so you can
imagine using this feature can really help for a lot of different things in
Photoshop so for decoration for contouring and of course it doesn’t stop
that because we have additional options so it’s not just the tolerance value
that you can change but you have additional smoothing options like the
Pulled String mode which is quite cool. If I turn the Smoothing down a bit maybe
around 10% and I turn that option on I can show you what difference that makes.
So with that being on I’m going to get this radius and the drawing only starts
where my cursor gets out of this radius. The radius will be bigger when you
increase the Smoothing value so the lower the Smoothing value the smaller
this circle will be (the diameter of the circle). And you can see again that’s a
slightly different way of drawing once again so it’s not exactly the same as
the previous option I showed you but again it can help to really draw with
accurate lines. Sometimes it might get in the way or like here when I wanted to
do a more fast turn it’s probably a little bit easier to draw without the
pull-string mode but once again to draw a more complex line here instead of
using a low smooth value going up in the smoothing value will help me to
do this with one go and still get a really nice result like that.
Now if you don’t like seeing that magenta line that appears when I’m
drawing, you can go to the Preferences and under the cursors you have this new
option to Show Brush Leash while Smoothing and you can even change its
color if you want to you. So that is the new Brush Smoothing control
in Photoshop CC 2018. Make sure you give it a try
whenever you work with brush based tools.

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