Create a simple Photoshop Brush

I thoughtI would post this very small basic tutorial here. How many of you have spent hours trawling the net for brushes?

In that time you could have created your own, they could be different from any others you will see. If you enter Salon’s or competitions you should really create your own, as it is against the rules of most of the competitions if you don’t.

So what can you make photoshop brush’s of? well your imagination really is the limit, smoke, blood, paint splodges, leaves, writing are just a few examples.

Below is a very simple one, just light a candle, take thew flash off camera, and photo against a black background.

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Open image – convert to mono (CMD+Shift+u for Mac, CTRL+Shift+U for PC)

The image needs to be mono for brushes

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Invert (CMD+I / CTRL+I) – in this case the outside would be black – yes you can invert your black and white mono but better to make the brush black, then you can pick your colour of your brush.

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Assign the brush Preset (Edit >Define Brush Preset) – Save your image as a brush

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And here it is in my photoshop brush presets.

If you know the shortcuts, from opening the image to placing it in your brush set takes about 5 seconds, I had to search the bar for where everything is, as I use shortcuts that much. Imagine what could be done on a boring image of a lake to give that ethereal mist you see everywhere.

OK – you can mess with spacing, jitter, pressure settings etc, but his is a brush in its simplest form. You can use other mono conversion methods, but 95% of times a straight desaturation will do.

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4 Responses

  1. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article plus the rest of the site is really good.

  2. Web Graphics says:

    It as nearly impossible to find experienced people about this topic, however, you sound like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  3. This is a topic close to my heart cheers, where are your contact details though?

  4. EliseoCShido says:

    I appreciate you finally talking about >Create a
    simple Photoshop Brush – Nick Walton Photography <Loved it!

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