Photoshop: Complex Brushes

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Allow brushes with "color" where each color is a blend mode. So instead of having to select the blend mode it could be build right into the brush and multiple blend modes could be used.

In fact, by using a full color as a pixel in a brush(besides making the file 4 times as large) you could have 16M possible ways to combine. (you could reduce this to a "Combine mode" so you have an alpha value and a few bits to represent how to combine the pixel)

In fact you could have an algorithm be assigned for a specific color. Say when RGB(245,23, 132, 0) is in the brush it will execute some algorithm for that color defined by the brush. (this is just generalizing the blend mode and allow for "infinite" possibilities... you wouldn't actually specify the color but the algorithm/blend mode and it will display an associated color to represent it)

One actually could allow color in a brush so now a brush and put the blend mode on alpha colors of alpha 255(or 0).

This may go against what a brush is suppose to be but it is a generalization(not necessarily perfect). It can easily be reduced to a standard brush by just ignoring the RGB component of the color. It offers a much wider range of effects

The nice thing about this method is that any old texture could be used without modification(some strange effects might occur when alpha is 255 though which could easily be prevented by "bypassing" any color pixels with alpha 255).
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I'm afraid I don't understand what you are asking for. Could you draw up an example of the effect you are looking for?