Planet Photoshop

Find Your Dry Brushes

With oils and acrylics, using a dry brush is a very common technique. To simulate a dry brush in Photoshop, pick a default chalk brush (or any brush except Round) by clicking the Brush Preset Picker in the Options Bar, clicking the right-facing arrow, and choosing something like Natural Brushes 2 from the list. (When the warning dialog pops up, click Append to add these brushes to your current set, or OK to replace them.) Next, open the Brushes panel (Window>Brushes), uncheck everything except Smoothing and then lower the Flow setting in the Options Bar.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is a education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fl, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since Version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.