How to Paint with the Photoshop Elements 11 Impressionist Brush

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Impressionist Brush in Photoshop Elements 11 is designed to paint over photos in a way that makes them look like fine-art paintings. The best way to get familiar with the Impressionist Brush is to open your favorite image and experiment with the tool. You can set various options that change the style of the brush strokes.

Here’s how to use this artistic brush:

  1. Select the Impressionist Brush from the Tools panel.

    It looks like a brush with a curlicue next to it. You can also press the B key to cycle through the various brushes.

  2. Set the brush options.

    The Brushes Presets, Size, Mode, and Opacity options are identical to those for the Brush tool. You can also find some unique options on the Advanced panel:

    • Style: This drop-down list contains various brush stroke styles, such as Dab and Tight Curl.

    • Area: Control the size of your brush stroke. The larger the value, the larger the area covered.

    • Tolerance: Control how similar color pixels have to be before they’re changed by the brush stroke.

  3. Drag on your image and paint with your brush strokes.

    [Credit: © Image #5272702]

    Credit: © Image #5272702