Friday, July 23, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes Article in Splash Magazine

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I was recently interviewed by Patricia Meisels for Splash Magazine regarding my Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5. We discussed the Artists' Brushes, plus some of the thinking that goes into brush creation.

You can read the article here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush Released

I'm pleased to announce that my latest training title, Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush, is now available for viewing at The underlined chapter segments on the title page can be viewed for free. Subscription information is available at

Course Description:
Join John Derry, a pioneer in the field of digital painting, as he shows how to master the natural-media painting features introduced in Photoshop CS5 in Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush. This course shows how to use the Mixer Brush, the Bristle Tips feature, and a new mechanism for blending colors in Photoshop to add beautiful, painterly effects to photographs, enhance artwork with paint-like strokes and illustrations, and paint entirely new art from scratch. This course also covers customizing brush characteristics and surface textures, applying keyboard shortcuts to paint smoothly and efficiently, and using a Wacom tablet to get the most out of Photoshop CS5’s painting features. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics Include:
Understanding the axes of motion with a Wacom tablet
Choosing a brush shape and Bristle Tip
Adjusting brush angle
Loading color and control the behavior of the Mixer Brush
Modifying surface texture
Simulating the texture of canvas
Saving tool presets for brushes
Creating a painting from a photograph
Painting from scratch with the Mixer Brush

2.5 Hours

Monday, July 19, 2010

Preview: Photoshop CS5 Dry Media Brushes

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Arabesque is a test image I created with some new Photoshop CS5 brushes that I'm developing. These brushes are focused specifically on dry media like chalk, charcoal, and pastels, with an emphasis on surface texture.

If you would like to be notified when these brushes will be available, Send me an email.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Mixer Brush Title Coming

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I've completed a video training title covering Photoshop CS5's Mixer Brush last month in Ventura, CA. The title, Photoshop CS5: Painting with the Mixer Brush, will cover the mechanics of adjusting the Mixer Brush and its companion feature, Bristle Tips. These new additions to Photoshop CS5 enable natural-media style brushes that mimic traditional oils and acrylics. I've included a lot of tips and tricks for creating your own brushes, as well as provide sample starter brushes.

A release date has not been announced, but I heard from a little birdie that it will be out by summer's end.