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Photoshop Dual Brush

Adobe Photoshop’s Dual Brush

Photoshop’s brush tool has a ton of options and settings that can produce a lot of very cool results. I’ve been using Photoshop for a couple years now, and I am still finding new stuff. One setting I recently discovered is called Dual Brush.

Dual Brush is interesting to me because it adds a whole new level to the effects your brush can produce. It’s use isn’t super obvious on initial exploration, so I thought I’d do a quick overview.



Dual Brush basically lets you use a brush within a brush. Your main brush acts as a sort-of mask to the brush you define in the Dual Brush settings. This can be useful when adding texture to a brush or trying to get unique effects. To enable Dual Brush, simply click the check box next to it in your Brush palette.

Turning on Dual Brush

Under Dual Brush, you’ll notice you have some of the same options you have on your main brush. You can select a tip shape and other settings. One unique thing to note about Dual Brush is that it will automatically have an angle jitter applied, that you can’t toggle off. Dual Brush also has its own blending mode settings that will greatly affect how your brush behaves. Mess around with these settings and see what magic you can create.

Dual Brush Settings



Once you’ve tinkered your settings to the perfect place, you can save them to use again. You can always save your brushes by clicking the Brush Palette menu and selecting “New Brush Preset”, but there is also another way that has its own benefits. To get the brush effect you’re looking for you may have adjusted the brush’s Opacity and Flow or found the perfect color. You can save these settings, along with your brush settings, by creating a new Tool Preset.

To add a new Tool Preset just bring up the Tool Preset palette ( Window > Tool Presets ), and click the familiar, little dog-eared square.

Save your settings with Tool Presets