Interpretive edges are one of the most appealing and beautiful aspects of oil painting and watercolor techniques.
Edge control isn’t easy in traditional painting but when it comes to digital painting in Photoshop, edge control has been almost mechanically impossible.
The angle of a brush stroke is essential for sophisticated edges.
Before I designed the workflow revealed in this tutorial, I knew of only two disappointing solutions to this problem:
1.) You could spend up to $100 on a special stylus with rotation capability like the Intuos4 Art Pen (or the 6D Art Pen for older tablets and Cintiqs).
This option is really expensive considering that the rotation control isn’t always dependable.
2.) You could constantly click over to the Brush Settings Panel and rotate the Brush Tip Angle manually.
This option is clunky and incredibly disruptive to your workflow.
Today I’ll show you how to set up a custom rotation control for your Photoshop Brushes so you can quickly and smoothly change the brush angle as you’re painting.
Part One of this tutorial will work in just about any version of Photoshop. This alone can really smooth out your digital painting workflow and save you tons of time.
Part Two requires Photoshop Actions and a Wacom Tablet or Cintiq with the programmable ExpressKeys, Touch Ring or Radial Menu.
Read on for easier edge control!
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