How to use the art history tool in Photoshop

Learn how to use the art history tool in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc

Art history tool in Photoshop

art history tool in Photoshop tutorial how to use
  1. Open a document (for the Photoshop art history tool to modify)

  2. Apply a number of effects to the image (blur etc)

  3. Apply a gradient perhaps

  4. Goto the history panel (window menu and history)

  5. Select one of the effects or gradient 'history state' (left side of panel) - clicked shows little brush icon

  6. History brush tool in Photoshop toolbar and select the 'art history tool'

  7. Go back to the original 'history' state for the document (generally the first entry in the history)

  8. Select a style such as tight medium for the art history tool

  9. Select a brush stroke preset and size for the art history

  10. Apply art history tool to the document

Art history tool settings

You can also modify a number of the settings for the art history tool such as changing the art history style, blending mode for the art history tool, opacity for the art history tool, area to be used with the painting, painting tolerance (they can be used to produce interesting variant effects) as well as via the brush panel to change the color dynamics, shape dynamics, spacing, noise, texture etc for the art history tool.

Art history tool preset picker

A useful feature of Photoshop is that you can bundle the entire art history tool into art history tool preset and save it as a TPL file via the far left side presets for the tools. Expand the tool preset picker and then click the create new tool preset and all the above settings such as art history style, size, color dynamics, shape etc will all be saved in a single tool that can be recalled in seconds for use with the toolbar in Photoshop. It is a super useful feature and works well with the art history.

Art history effects

You can use any history state as a source for the tool. Create gradients and use those for the art history. Create blurs and use those, use patterns etc and all can be used as a source for the tool and the art history can then be applied in countless ways with different types of brush stroke to create some truly unique artwork for your projects. Brushes on make a great source for the tools as do custom shapes as a source for brushes and dabs for the art history Photoshop tool

Custom shapes

1. Custom shapes for use in Photoshop & Elements


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