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no matter how hard i try i cant master the use of brushes and combining brushes with other things on photoshop cs could someone give me some help and tips on this
 
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I use Elements 2.

I pick a brush the proper size for the task. To get in small spaces. to cover a large area quickly.

I pick a hard edged brush for selections where I am cutting a section of the photo out to lay it over another layer (or change a background discussed below). I use soft edge brushes for everything else.

Selecting an area to either do an operation just to it, or inversing the selection to do it to everything but the selected area. This changes many pictures from worthless to worthwhile. It saves pictures with extremes of overexposure and underexposure with seems to happen often to people who just point, shoot and hope for the best.

Cloning an area from one part of the photo to another. Appropriate brush size and creases, cracks, blemishes, etc are covered with near by colors and disappear. A right eye is replaced with a left that was missing because of glare off the glasses. Distractions in the background or flash backs from mirrors, glass doors, etc. are removed.

You can save any old badly messed up picture by enlarging it to 200-300 percent and carefully cloning just the nearby color, shades over the problems.
Can take quite awhile sometimes but the results are very satisfying.

Paint brush or paint can. Fill an area with any selected color. Select the main character, inverse and paint the background ???? (black) with a big brush. No care necessary. Hard edge brush for selection.

Don't try to go right up to an edge with a soft brush. Push the selection from a small distance away and it will move to where you want it without going to far. If you go to far, Select - Inverse and shove it back. It just takes practice to get the feel.

I fix terrible exposures for several friends and relatives. I can analyze whats needed and do it to the average picture in about 20 seconds. I have done several thousand by now and using brushes is like an extension of your hand and happens without much effort.

I hope this was the kind of help you wanted.
 
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