Adobe CS5 Snapshots (#3)

Oh boy!—new painting tools in Photoshop CS5. You’ll definitely want to take a test drive.

Enter the new Mixer Brush

Here’s the scoop direct from Adobe: The  Mixer Brush, includes a new mechanism for blending colors, and Bristle Tips for more naturalistic brush strokes, Photoshop CS5 redefines the way you paint. The Mixer Brush lets you define multiple colors on a single tip, and then mix and blend them with the underlying hues on your canvas (similar to having a wet canvas), achieving creative results that rival traditional painting media. Mixer Brush settings provide extensive control over the wetness of the canvas, the load rate to add paint to the brush, the mixing rate between brush and canvas colors, and whether the brush is refilled, cleaned, or both after each paint stroke.Bristle Qualities define key bristle properties such as shape, length, stiffness, thickness, angle, and spacing, which affect how the color is laid on the image as you paint. The Bristle Brush Preview feature provides a visual representation of these changes, and you can save your tip configurations for future use, allowing you to build a customized collection of Bristle Tips to experiment with when using Photoshop brush tools.

Move over, Picasso!