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Digital Artist

PLD Media

Posts: 568

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hello all!

I don't have CS5 (on CS4) but am working on painting hair, and alot of great tutorials and tips out there are saying using this mixer brush.

Watching video's it seems very close to smudge tool.

Looking online - I cannot find any "difference" explanation.

Would anyone be so kind as to give me the heads up?
Thanks!

Nov 03 11 01:22 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3884

Santa Cruz, California, US

CS4 should be powerful enough and you should have no real problems paining hair, although Mixer Brush + Bristle tips dose allow for more verity and more control. You can always upgrade later or wait for CS6. But like I said I have seen people do wonders in PS using the old brush engine, this is just additional functionality. If you have an option or desire to upgrade it's not a bad idea, but it's not absolutely necessary. Anyway, to answer you question.

The Smudge tool simulates the effect you see when you drag a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag.

The Mixer Brush simulates realistic painting techniques such as mixing colors on the canvas, combining colors on a brush, and varying paint wetness across a stroke. The Mixer Brush has two paint wells, a reservoir and a pickup. The reservoir stores the final color deposited onto the canvas and has more paint capacity. The pickup well receives paint only from the canvas; its contents are continuously mixed with canvas colors.

The Mixer Brush is like a combination of the normal brush and the smudge tool. As you paint, it smudges and mixes the color, as if you were using wet paints. It emulates real-life painting by allowing colours to be combined on a brush and various wetness settings to be applied. With the new brushes, you can control the number of bristles, length, thickness and stiffness and not only can you see the result in the brush panel, you also get an overlay window that shows you the 3D virtual brush and its bristles. The way the brush color is mixed with the canvas is controlled by three parameters – the wetness of the paint, the load of the brush and the mix amount between the paint color and the canvas color. So, a heavy load will carry more paint over a stroke than a light load; wetness smudges and mixes the canvas color with the paint color; a high mix rate will use more of the canvas color than the paint color.

For best results, a Wacom tablet like the Intuos 4 is also recommended, although not required. In addition to pressure sensitivity, the new Wacom also senses the angle of the stylus, allowing for even more realistic results.

Nov 03 11 03:12 pm Link

Digital Artist

PLD Media

Posts: 568

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you!
I was trying to simulate, and it turned out fairly well, but something was missing and no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find a good explanation on what the real difference was. Or a way to replicate using the smudge tool, dodge and burn combo.
I seriously appreciate this.

I am wanting to upgrade the wacom to a medium size or large intuos, also comes with the 50 percent off upgrade to CS5 (Or, like you said, wait until 6... ). So, when the time is right, I can do the "big buy."

Thank you so much again!

Nov 03 11 03:22 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3884

Santa Cruz, California, US

It's less about the tools and more about the painter off course. But if you are serious about it new tools can certainly make the job easier. But as you can see it can be done even with the old brush engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRPibGZBeKs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SojjbnucY4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05n9CF4pI-c
http://gas13.ru/v3/tutorials/how_to_dra … hair_2.php
http://www.elfwood.com/farp/theart/gwey … ihair.html
http://sirasan.deviantart.com/art/Photo … r-32663745

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ZwnMDZYdM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjcHhjt6bYo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnXOvGSwaLw

Also here is an interesting overview for Mixer brush on Lynda.com. If you are interested you can always purchase those.

Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-CS5-tuto … 713-2.html

Transforming a Photo into a Painting with Photoshop
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-CS5-tuto … 090-2.html

Or you can try program like Corel Painter that is design for digital paining. Just food for though.

Nov 03 11 03:30 pm Link

Digital Artist

PLD Media

Posts: 568

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

smile
Bookmarked this for my future reference.
Thank you!

And I have to start somewhere. I have done a bit of actual hair painting but now I want to get down to business and practice practice practice.

Yeah, Lynda.com is my Christmas gift to myself. Alot of useful stuff on there.

But boy, everything just add's up. But bookmarked, and I can reference this one upgrade at a time.

Thank you again. I guess I can't say it enough.

Nov 03 11 03:32 pm Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3884

Santa Cruz, California, US

PLD Media wrote:
Thank you again. I guess I can't say it enough.

Just keep practicing and getting better each day, that's thanks enough for me. smile

Nov 03 11 03:37 pm Link