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How to use Photoshop brushes with Image Modes tutorial

Tutorial on how to use Photoshop brushes with image modes (such as RGB and CMYK and LAB etc) to create stunning color designs

Image / Color Modes

image modes and color modes and Photoshop brushesYou can use the Photoshop brushes in CMYK / LAB and other color / image modes / models as well as RGB. You can find many unique brushes on this site for use in your projects such as overlay and texture brushes as well as numerical themed number brushes 1234567890 as well as line themed link brushes


1) Image menu and mode followed by CMYK

2) Go to the brush tools in the toolbar

3) Apply stroke in CMYK color mode etc


To go back to RGB, just go back to the same image menu and select the RGB option


CMYK Mode and Photoshop brushes

 color CMYK image mode photoshop brushesYou can also apply the brush stroke to CMYK's color channels


1) select individual cyan, magenta channels via the channels panel.


2) Add brush strokes


You can use the dabs in CMYK to create some truly extreme color effects, especially combined with the black channel.



LAB color and Photoshop brushes

 color lab image mode photoshop brushesImage menu and mode and LAB. Apply the strokes as you would in RGB.


You can also apply the strokes in different colors to LAB channels L and AB channels.


The generated dabs seem to be a lot more subtle in LAB mode, more diffuse.


32 bits / channel and Photoshop brushes color RGB

photoshop brushes image modes color 32bitThe RGB option is available for 32 bits channel mode via the image mode menu. In 16 bits / channel RGB LAB CMYK are available for the strokes. Some of the filters are not available in the 32bits etc.


I have been using the default standard soft round brush stroke. With 32bit and 16bit channel, you also have the added feature of the HDR toning when you convert back to RGB 8bit so the results can be displayed on web pages etc and the HDR toning has a large number of presets as well as settings to either create very close to the same result (visually) in 8bit and 32bits per channel but you can also use the settings to invert / grayscale / added saturation etc.


The result can be very different from the actual generated brush strokes.


Other tutorials

You can find many different tutorials on the site as well as information details such as Photoshop brushes and ABR format and specification and how to use the Photoshop brushes with blending modes and how to use custom shapes to create brushes in Photoshop


Video tutorial

A video showing the use of the strokes in Adobe ® Photoshop ® in CMYK LAB etc [Youtube]