How to use Photoshop brushes with image / color modes tutorial

Tutorial on how to use Photoshop brushes with image modes (such as RGB and CMYK and LAB etc) to create stunning c designs in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 etc

Image/ color modes and Photoshop brushes

how to use image modes (CMYK etc) with Photoshop brushes tutorial
  1. Image menu

  2. Mode followed by CMYK (or LAB etc)

  3. Go to the brush tools in the toolbar

  4. Apply Photoshop brushes in the image mode CMYK color

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


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


CYMK cymkYou can also apply the stroke to CMYK's color channels.


To change the photo into CMYK go to the image menu and mode and then select the CMYK and if you want to use the different channels go to the channels panel (window menu) and then select the magenta or cyan channel and apply the strokes to that


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


You can use all the presets found in the strokes panel. You can also use all of the tools such as clone as well as smudge etc in CMYK as well.


You can also quickly go back to RGB via the same menu command


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LAB : labYou can also use the presets in LAB.


To use them in LAB go to the same menu and then select the LAB option from the list


You can also use the channels with the presets, and in LAB you will see the lightness and A and B channels and you can apply your strokes to those independently to create some interesting designs especially for blurring effects


To go back to RGB, go back to the same menu and set to RGB. The generated dabs seem to be a lot more subtle in LAB, more diffuse.


32 / 16 bits : spotsThe RGB option is available for 32 bits channel mode via the same menu. In 16 bits / channel RGB LAB CMYK are available for the strokes. You can apply the strokes in most of the tools (art history etc is only available in 8bit)


Some of the filters are not available in the 32bits etc. Same with some blending modes for the strokes


On the right, I used the default standard soft round stroke. Great for creating hi-impact lights in seconds. The strokes look amazing in 32bits per channel


HDR : With 32bit and 16bit channel option, you also have the added feature of the HDR toning when you convert back to RGB 8bit so you can tweak the result of all your strokes and presets in countless ways.


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. You can use the HDR conversion in countless ways to create some truly unique stroked artwork (such as the glows on the right)


The result can be very different from the actual generated strokes


Surreal strokes : 32bitIf you set it to 32bit and then apply strokes using the difference blending modes you can create all kinds of weird surreal artwork even with the basic stroke with hardness set to 0%.


Combine this with the settings panel and change the scattering to fill the image as well as add a lot of randomness to the hue / saturation etc.


Once you revert back to 8bit, the HDR toning allows for even more variation of the design.


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