The mixer brush tool allows you to paint more realistically in Photoshop. After clicking this tool once, a new tool called mixer brush appears. Follow this procedure to learn how to use this tool. While Mixer Brush Tool may look like a free brush tool, it is a collection of brushes and options that are important to post-production artists.
In Photoshop CC, you can use the Mixer Brush Tool to find, replace and interact with colors. You can find the Mixer Brush Tool by searching for brush tools in Photoshop’s brush panel.
Open up a new document in Photoshop. In the top right corner of the window, go to View -> Brush and change Brush Type to Mixer.
Then, go to Layer -> Brushes and make the Brush Gauge 1 to create a white layer between all of the layers and the Brush Tool. Then, go to Layer -> Create New Layer… Select Layer Brush -> Mixer and then make the New Layer Alignment to a solid color, so that it doesn’t blend into the layer.
Open up your layer and give it a name. Next, you can select the Brush Tool by double clicking it.
You can then change the settings of the brush to make it better for your needs. A good way to figure out the settings for your brush tool is to experiment with it a little. When you change the settings, the tool changes shape, but doesn’t give any preview.
Adjust the settings until you get a feel for the shape of the tool.
After you’ve made a few adjustments to the settings, make sure to go back to the layer panel and delete the brush so that the layer doesn’t get mixed with other layers.
Repeat Step 2 and 3 to create a new layer. Fill this layer with white and click the brush tool again. You can now start selecting colors, making strokes, tweaking curves and do a lot more with this brush.
Don’t be discouraged by the fact that there are no visual aids to help you figure out what’s going on with this brush. Once you start experimenting with it, you’ll start to see why the brush looks the way it does.
Finish your layer by going to Filter -> Adjustments -> Sharpening and settings.
Open up your Layer Brush Tool and make it a darker color so it blends with your canvas. Make sure to keep this layer below the color you already selected and make sure that you aren’t too far away from the brush tool.
Create a new layer and set it to the same size as the previous layer. You can then resize your layer, right-click it and create a Layer Overlay. You will now have two layers with the same size and you can now perform the same adjustments that you were using on the previous layer.
Apply your new brush settings to the Layer Brush Tool and go back to Filter -> Adjustments. Adjust the settings to your liking.
If you’re feeling really creative, you can save all of your work by clicking the Save Layer > All in One Collection from the tool panel. This means that you can open the all of your different brushes and then pick them up when you need them.