Adjusting the Settings - Adobe Photoshop

Now you’re going to go to the brush options to give these two brushes the proper dirty variations characteristics. That way it won’t look like a bad sponge-on type of dirt. I had you make two brushes so you can blend the two for more variation.

  1. Choose the first brush you made in your brush presets.
  2. Open the Brushes palette in the palette well.
  3. Start with the Brush Tip Shape options, increasing the spacing so the brush details can be seen more. Don’t let it become so far apart it looks like a stamp.
  4. To get the dirt brush to start looking better, give the brush some space.

    dirt brush to start looking better, give the brush some space

  5. Turn on shape dynamics. Go to the options and jitter everything to break up any repeating patterns.
  6. Don’t be afraid to go wild with the controls. You can always change them later if they don’t work.

    shape dynamics

  7. Go to Scattering and play with the settings. These settings change the number and placement of brush tips to a stroke. Everything in this dialog box is as intuitive as the previous dialog box, except for that little Both Axes checkbox on the very top. As you select and deselect the checkbox, you are witnessing the difference of scattering the brush tips in a radial direction from each spacing point or in a perpendicular direction to the tangent of the path. Again, there is no right answer: Slide the sliders, select the checkboxes, and find a combination that you like.
  8. I think I changed this setting about four times before settling on this one.

    changed this setting about four times before settling on this one.

  9. Go to the Dual Brush options and find your other brush tip in the thumbnails. Now comes the play of your two brushes. Unlike the Brush pull-down menu, the tips may not necessarily be at the very bottom. In my case, they were in the middle.
  10. Choose a blend mode(at the top of the dialog box). This determines how this second brush interacts with your main brush.
  11. Play with the sliders at the bottom of the dialog box until you find a good setting.
  12. Once again, this is all about settings in the Tool Presets palette. eyeing the preview window and finding a good setting.

    settings in the Tool Presets palette

  13. Continue onto Color Dynamics and Other Dynamics, playing with the sliders. I also like turning on Smoothing and Airbrush, but that is not necessary for a good dirt brush.
  14. Here are some of my other settings for this particular brush

    some of my other settings for this particular brush

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