I have cs5 photoshop and it seems to have a very limited amount of brush styles. Other people with cs5 have a large range of standard styles. I am just after the standard tapered end brush (tapered on both ends)
Usually you get those tapered ends by either using a tablet with pen pressure on for size or using the stroke paths option with pen pressure checked (pen pressure enabled in the brush panel and in the stroke path dialog)
What R.Kelly said - get a tablet and your brush options will multipoly by a factor of 10. Otehr than that check the brush panel. You can assign simple opacity and size fades to standard brushes as well.
Would a caligraphy type brush be of any help? Set the roundness to about 10%, and angle to something like 15% to 25%. It would give you tapered ends to your strokes, but would vary size with direction.
Thanks Im using an Intuos 4 tablet. I did what you said R.Kelly and it
worked a treat. I haven't got that many more brushes then normal just got
tapered ends which is what I want for rendering. Cheers
If you only want to taper your brush at one end you will want to go to the brush panel and select shape dynamics. There is a Fade option under size jitter that will taper the brush at one end. You will want to play with the amount by typing in different values. Pressure sensitve tablet is the way to go other than that.
There are ways to "Simulate Pen Pressure" in photoshop using paths but it is a rather exhausting process to do it over and over again.
Check out the new "Brush Pose" options in CS6 to simulate pressure using a mouse! I have not played with it that much but I have heard that is something it can do. It is also located in the brush panel.