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Creating a custom Photshop brush

March 21, 2014

To create and original brush in Photshop you must first have an image such as a paint splotch or some sort of pattern that you want to turn into a custom brush. Open that image in Photoshop and then using either the ‘marquee tool’, ‘lasso tool’, or ‘magic wand tool’, drag select, outline, or click around or on what you want to use as a brush on the image.

step 1

step 1

Go to the ‘edit’ menu in the top toolbar of Photoshop, then click on ‘define brush preset’.

step 2

step 2

Name the brush to whatever you want and click ‘ok’.

step 3

step 3

Next, deselect the image selection using the shortcut ‘ctrl+d’. To find the brush that was just created, select the ‘brush tool’ (b key shortcut) then press ‘f5’ to bring up the ‘brush menu’. Click the ‘brush presets’ tab in the brush menu and scroll to the bottom of the list to find your custom brush.

step 4

step 4

To edit the brush you just created and change the way it functions, select the brush from the brush presets tab and then click on the ‘brush’ tab in the brush menu. Here you can change how the brush works by altering numerous settings such as ‘texture’ which adds texture patterns to the brush.

step 5

step 5

If you like some of the changes you just made, you can save it as a new brush to keep in your brush library by selecting the ‘brush presets’ tab and then clicking on the drop down menu button located in the top right of the brush presets tab. Then click ‘new brush preset’ then name it and click ‘ok’.You can then select the drop down menu in the brush presets tab and select ‘preset manager’. Here you can select single or multiple brushes and save them as an external ‘abr’ file which can be imported into Photoshop in the case that you accidentally delete a brush.  To save the brush you made, select the brush then click ‘save set’ in the preset manager. You can also delete any brushes in the preset manager by clicking the brush, then clicking delete.

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step 6

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