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Photoshop Friday - art history brush

It's Monday, not Friday! But I just did a five-minute experiment that seems so promising I was eager to share. Pete Collins demonstrated the use of the art history brush and the history brush on the latest episode of Photoshop User TV. I wondered how it might look as a way to add interest to text.

My steps:
1. Type out the text
2. Render the text under Type>Rasterize Text Layer
3. Take a snapshot of the document by clicking the camera icon in the History panel; click the check box next to the snapshot to "tell" the History Brush that's the document state you'd like it to work with

Now select the Art History brush (beneath the History brush in the tools) and start scrubbing out your lettering, then switch to the History brush to bring back clarity where you want it. Keep working back and forth between the two brushes to reveal and conceal parts of your text.

Keep in mind: there are MULTIPLE styles of Art History brush to choose from at the top. You might use one type for your initial pass, bring back some undistorted pixels with the History brush, then go for another pass with a different style Art History brush.

Also: you can choose between ALL YOUR BRUSH TIPS for this function. I used a misty, soft, cloudy brush for my History brush to bring back the image with a dreamy haziness. Increasing and decreasing your brush size and opacity also varies the effect.
 This is simple black and white. If you had the text over a copy of your background it would appear to emerge from that background. I could probably play with this for a week and never exhaust the potential.


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