Another essential part of the brush tool is the active color.  In digital painting you generally don’t have to worry about mixing colors on a palette, reloading paint, or cleaning your brush.  In Photoshop you just need to learn a few helpful keyboard shortcuts, and then you’re on your way!  One bit of advice: make a custom keyboard shortcut for “foreground color picker”.  You’ll use it constantly, so pick some key that’s nearby your left finger tips.

Tools in this video

Matching / Sampling Colors: Alt with Brush tool active (option on mac)

Color Picker Window:  No default, make your own!  (it’s called the ‘foreground color picker)

Toggle Foreground and Background color: X

AuthorMatt Kohr