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As you see there's in your image a slightly 3D-like noise texture which is masked so that lightest areas do not get the texture at all. I guess the noise layer has a layer mask which is the actual photo inverted. The noise oviously is blended with the photo is such way that it only darkens. An example which uses that idea: The noise texture is originally a ...


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Force new strokes to stay off from already painted areas. Select the unpainted area with the Contiguous Selection Tool (=Magic Wand) and go on painting. Before making the selection you must set ON tool option "Limit to the current layer". ADD: The method has a problem. Antialiasing leaves one pixel wide noticeably thinner zone at the selection ...


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Try Inkscape. It's free and you get vector images (which can be easily rasterized to PNG or JPG). In the left there's 5 drawn random shapes and in the right you can see what's got by selecting the symbol sprayer tool and hovering the cursor right and left a couple of seconds. Scaling and rotating the sprayed objects are not allowed in my example as you can ...


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I found a nice workaround. When you import a new brush pack and you see a number below it, which indicates the brush size. Just click on the brush, then below click on the (+) button, create a new preset with exact the same brush but UNCHECK the "capture size". Now you got the same brush without a predetermined. Just erase the other one with the ...


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Record a new Action and click a swatch you want; Assign it to an F-key; Repeat for any number of swatches (well, until you have free F-keys with all the keyboard modifiers left);


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Set one as foreground & the other as background, then swap using X


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Actually this is already said shortly in a comment, but here's some details how to convert an existing art brush to a pattern brush. Draw a horizontal line (hold Shift for exact direction). Apply a good brush to it. Explode the result with Object > Expand Appearance and Ungroup. As well you can simply drag the brush to the artboard from the brushes ...


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