Brush Rotate PLUS Selection Trick: PHOTOSHOP #104

Brush Rotate PLUS Selection Trick: PHOTOSHOP #104

– [Narrator] Hi folks, Glyn here, back with really quick video for you, and this one is in directresponse to a question that I got asked at aseminar I was presenting at recently regarding the brush tool.

The question was, isthere a keyboard shortcut we can use for rotatingthe brush that we're currently using in Photoshop? Well, at the time of recording this video, unfortunately the answeris to that is, no.

However, there is an alternative that you might wanna have a look at.

Now if you're just using a round brush like the one you can see I'm using on screen now, it's very unlikely you're ever gonna wannachange the angle of it, 'cause you're not really gonna notice it.

However, if you startusing brushes in Photoshop that have actually got some shape to them, like for example this one here, brush number 112, which is designed to look like a blade of grass, you may find that you do actually want to change the angle of it, because no matter which way I paint, that brush, if I zoomin, is always going to be starting at the bottom and it goes up and angles off to theright hand side at the top as you can see here.

It's never gonna go anyother kind of angle.

The only way I can change it at the moment is clicking on the brush panel and coming in to whereis says brush tip shape, and here we have this littledisc that we can rotate and you can see in thepreview at the bottom how that changes the angle of brush, and that is the only way be can physically do it at the moment.

And that's a way that Itend to use quite a lot.

However, there is a workaround, and that workaround is using what they call the rotate view tool.

Any of you that areseasoned users of Photoshop you'll be well aware of this, so this is more for those of you who may be new to Photoshop, or you just didn't know about it.

But the rotate view tool,situated over in the toolbar, just underneath the hand tool, and you got a keyboard shortcut of R, for rotate view.

So you can actually do with this is, you can actually, once you're using it, you can click and drag right or left to change the angle youwant the canvas to be at.

This is kind of like a cheap, I should zoom out just a touch.

This is kind of like, I guess, a cheap way of having Wacom Cintiq, which those quite expense, but brilliant, screens that you actuallydraw directly on, and you can actually physically rotate those screens to change theangle that you're working at.

Here, what we're doing isrotating the canvas like so.

Incidentally, when you're using this if you find that you're getting lost and you wanted to go back tobeing normal and straight, just double-click on theicon over in the toolbar.

So that's one thing you can do and it's really, really handy.

I tend to use this a lot onpictures like this one here, where I've made a selection of this deer, I've cut it out fromit's original background, which we can see just here, but when I've used thingslike select and mask and refine edge, it's not done a brilliant job of picking up the hair.

it wasn't an easy picture to use.

Now stick around til the end of the video, there's a little thumbnailfor you to click on and it'll show you the whole technique, though I'm just gonnaquickly brush on now, to show you why I think it's really useful to be able to rotate the canvas.

What I'm gonna do is I'mgonna try and make it look as if we've actually managed to pick up all those fine hairs, and we can use brushesin Photoshop to do that.

The first thing I'll do is just choose a normal round brush,with 100 per cent hardness, and have a black foreground colour, and I'm actually gonna paint away part of the deer, stag's, kind of hair around his neck, 'round about there.

Then I'm gonna go back to brushes, my brush presets, and I'll choose a brush built into Photoshop, we'll use that same one I've just talked about a few minutes ago, brush 112, which is designed to looklike a blade of grass, but if I click on the brush panel we can then use thesettings in here as well as rotating the angle of it, we can use the settings in here to make it behave and look more like hair or fur.

So I'm just gonna bringthe size jitter down, we'll be the angle down as well.

So, leave it something like that.

So now what I'm goingto do, I painted away part of the deer in black, I'm gonna paint it back in white, but inthe shape of this brush.

But now rather than mehaving to physically come in and keep constantly changing the angle of the brush that I'm using by coming into the brush panel, what I'm gonna do is justuse the rotate view tool.

So let's just decrease thesize of the brush a little bit, I'm gonna press R on my keyboard to go to the rotate view tool, and I'm gonna drag left orright to rotate the deer 'round, somewhere like that'll be good, get the brush and I'm gonnastart painting it back in.

Now you'll notice, that it's actually starting to make it looks as if the hair is actuallybeen selected originally, but it hasn't, I've just donethat using this technique, which is on that video at the very end.

So let's just zoom ina little bit for you.

You'll see at the moment,that hair's all going in the same direction,so if I wanted to change the angle of it, rather thanclick on the brush panel, I press R on the keyboard togo to the rotate view tool, and I can rotate it that way, let's have a look how that looks, just to change it a little bit, just to vary the angle a touch, something like that, let's go to R again and go the other way, get the brush tool, and we can go paintingthe hair in like this.

So this is kind of likean alternative way, there is no keyboard shortcut you can use for rotating the brush, but I think the rotate view tooldoes a pretty good job, and once the hang of it,it's actually really, really good tool to use for rotating the canvas 'round like so.

Now like I said, if youwanna go back to normal view, just double-click onthe icon in the toolbar, sets it back to thestraight view like that, and you can see, just very quickly, shown you how you can fake the look of the hair coming in, but stick around to the very, very end where you've got that video to check outthis whole technique, which will save you a tonne of time, when it comes to doing tricky cutouts.

So, that's the rotate view tool.

Let's just go back tothis first screen here, couple of other little things that you can do with your brushes, let's just get rid of that,put another blank screen, and we'll just a normal round brush.

While we're on the subject of brushes, just a couple of thingsotherwise to show you.

Increasing or decreasingthe size of the brush you can use your rightbracket key to increase it, left bracket to decrease it.

If you're wanting toincrease the hardness, hold down the shift key anduse the right bracket key, or go left bracket key todecrease the hardness of it, but that can be quite hard to see, so another way you can do that is hold down the control key, or the control and the alt key, or control and option key, then click and drag right or left,and you can actually see now using this red overlay the brush increasingor decreasing in size, you can also go up or down to increase or decrease the hardnessof the brush as well.

So that's one way there.

We know that B on the keyboardgets us the brush tool, but you can also go into the edit menu, choose keyboard shortcuts,and from in here where it says the shortcuts for menu, if you choose tools, and scroll down, you can find the brush tool, just here, and see that it says B for brush, but further on down we can see all the shortcuts that arebuilt into Photoshop by default for using with brushes.

And here are the onesthat we can actually set for doing the brush size, thehardness, and what have you.

And you will see again, just to confirm, there is no option there for putting in a keyboard shortcut forrotating the brushes that we're currently using.

So that's just a little bitof a run through on brushes.

Very, very quick video mainly to show you that rotate view tool over the toolbar, keyboard shortcut of R, whereyou can drag right or left to rotate the canvas asopposed to the brush, reset it back to normal bydouble-clicking the icon.

Check out the video at the end,and I'll see you next time.

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