Up to Speed with the Mixer Brush May 07, 2015 20:45
There’s been some discussion about brush lag that may occur when you’re using the mixer brush. I don’t find this to be a major issue for me as I paint, and I’m not using a super high-performance machine. If you do have lag issues, here are some things you might want to bear in mind as you paint:
Smaller files with fewer layers will lead to better performance. I like to paint with as few layers as possible. A paint layer on top of a background reference layer is really all I need for most of the painting work I do. If you’re working on a particularly large painting, you may find it useful to crop certain areas of the painting and work on them separately. For example, painting a large portrait you might want to crop and work on just the area of the head. Once that’s done, you can paste it back onto the larger painting.
Brush configuration is important. If you’re using the bristle brush tips with the mixer brush — like I do, remember that you’ll get better performance using brushes with fewer/shorter/thinner/stiffer bristles than otherwise. Also, increasing the “spacing” setting just a little can help to reduce the processing load — without any noticeable difference to your brushstroke.Although the other Photoshop painting tools — like the smudge tool and the brush tool — are somewhat less processor intensive, these recommendations can be applied to them as well.
I love the mixer brush. Used right it’s a wonderful painting tool that produces amazing results — and is great fun to use.