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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S E P T E M B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 2 7 Photoshop applications folder. It doesn't, however, reside as a single brush but as part of the Brushes panel where it was made. Additional brush panels with multiple brushes can be made and saved as presets. You can then choose the Brush tool and modify the characteristics of your new brush in the Brush Settings panel and ap- ply it, as in Figure 4 where the size, spac- ing, and color have been altered. Thousands of premade brush presets are available online. Downloaded and in- stalled, they will be available in the Brushes panel to be used at any time on any docu- ment (Figure 5). Not only that, but any alteration to an existing brush can easily be saved as a new preset. COLOR PRESETS The consistency of color from one docu- ment to another is important, especially if working commercially for a client whose graphic identity relies on specific color treatments. Of course, most graphics soft- ware packages provide the ability to create and store custom colors and access them while working on any document. Stored colors reside in the Swatches pan- el. As with brushes, new colors are saved to a panel that stores solid colors in rows of little squares. Individual colors can be saved as presets as well as entire panels. The Swatches panel displays individual colors and a list of default colors that have been saved as Groups. There are several ways to add a color to the Swatches panel. Perhaps the easiest is to click on the Foreground or Back- ground color swatch in the tools panel to display the Color Picker. Specify the color that you want, then click Add to Swatches (Figure 6). To create a group of colors, select mul- tiple colors in the Swatches panel by press- ing the Shift key and clicking on the first and last color in the desired range of colors, or to select non-consecutive colors press the Command (Mac) or Control (Win) key and click the desired individual colors to highlight them. From the Swatches Op- tions menu (the four little lines on the up- per right of the panel) choose New Swatch You already get GRAPHICS PRO magazine. But are you missing out on more? Get more and sign up for The Daily eNewsletter for valuable content that will help your business thrive, including: • Technique-focused tips and tricks • Design and software guidance • Business management know-how • Current news on continuing education and trends in the industry • The GRAPHICS PRO Files podcast • And so much more! Sign up for FREE by scanning this QR code! You can also call us at 1-800-775-0424 to verify your email address, or go to

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