How to activate Photoshop brush pressure: Opacity and Size variation |TIP98

Today a Video tutorial of Photoshop interface and brush (Opacity and Size pen pressure). After this tutorial you will know how to make your first sketch on Photoshop with your graphic tablet.


00:10 Create a new document

01:10 Interface presentation: Tool bar, tool preset, Canvas, Windows

01:30 Toolbar

01:50 Tool preset

02:09 Window for designers: Painting configuration

03:02 Navigator: zoom in and out

03:24 Move the canvas shortcut: [Spacebar)

03:38 Zoom in and out shortcut: Space + Cmd

03:56 Layers

04:39 Brush opacity pen pressure

05:02 Brush Size pen pressure

06:19 Digital pen front button and eraser

06:48 Brush hardness

08:26 Brush with inclinaison

08:34 Demo with a sneaker sketch for each type of pressure.

Introduction to Photoshop Interface-for-beginner-The DesignSketchbook-feature

I know how Photoshop can be unfriendly when we are just starting. Photoshop is a powerful software made for different type of artists such as Photographer, Animators, Graphic artist, designers and so on. There is so many options that we don’t know how to start, and it become overwhelming.

Introduction to Photoshop Interface-for-beginner-The DesignSketchbook-demo-sneakers

I want you guys to get familiar with this software, as usual showing you ONLY what you need to know. So get ready, and make your first sketches with Photoshop :).

Related article: Here an other article about How to activate the Opacity pen pressure.

Let me know if you have any question.
See you for the next Tip of the day !

About The Author


Hello! I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : ) Chou-Tac


  • Roger Santos

    Reply Reply November 13, 2015

    Learned some great tips and useful shortcuts! Thanks 🙂

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply November 13, 2015

      My pleasure Roger.

      Using shortcut is essential to work faster. Best it to take it as a habit from start.

      • Roger Santos

        Reply Reply November 20, 2015

        Right. Will start using more and more shortcuts from now on. Will write them down until they become innate.

        • Chou-Tac

          Reply Reply November 20, 2015

          Maybe one day I could make a video of my favourite shortcuts. 🙂

          • Roger Santos

            November 23, 2015

            That would be great! I would like a lot 🙂

  • Nemi

    Reply Reply May 4, 2015

    Thanks a lot, i discover some really useful thing in this video. I only use photoshop when i need to add something in my render only. I am a product designer student (in france) and i mostly work on Solidworks and Illustrator to make the communication sheet. I think I will try to sketch with Photoshop from now one (I am wasting too much paper >.<) and i got my hand on sketchbook designer too 🙂

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply May 4, 2015

      Hello Nemi, glad to receive a comment from France (I am also french). Which Design school are you from ?
      Sketchbook Designer is also a good alternative to Photoshop for sketching. You will actually start faster if you use it that software for sketching. The parameter are already made to reproduce the real pencils. It’s good to explore both ways.
      Then I still recommend Photoshop for the rendering.
      Have a good day !

      • Nemi

        Reply Reply May 4, 2015

        I guessed from the video that you are french and I remember seeing “paris” at the end of each mail 🙂
        Currently I am in DSAA in Marseille but I may return to Paris for an internship.
        Should i use sketchbook pro or sketchbook designer?
        Have a nice day !

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