By Emily Steel, Marketing Manager at Omega High Impact Print Solutions
In Adobe Photoshop, creating custom brushes can truly elevate your digital artwork. Doing this allows you to add intricate details, textures, and effects to your designs with ease. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you the simple steps it takes to create your own custom brushes in Photoshop, enabling you to bring your artistic vision to life.
Let's get started!
After you open Photoshop, click FILE, then NEW, and create a 500 by 500 px. file with 300 dpi.
You should now see a blank white canvas. Select the BRUSH TOOL in your Tool Bar.
Then, by clicking and holding down your mouse on the canvas, draw the design you would like to use for your custom brush.
You can also use the PEN TOOL, LASSO TOOL or SHAPE TOOL depending on the form you are aiming to create.
After you are satisfied with the shape of your brush, click EDIT>DEFINE BRUSH PRESET.
Name your brush and hit OK.
Now it's time to test your new brush. After naming it, it should be automatically selected as your current tool.
Select LAYER>NEW FILL LAYER>SOLID COLOR. Click OK, select whatever color you'd like to use for your background (Just make sure it contrasts your brush color) and click OK again.
Click the LAYERS BUTTON, which appears as a "+" within a square at the bottom right of your screen to create a blank layer.
Click this layer to select it.
Select BRUSH SETTINGS located in the upper right of your screen.
Adjust the various settings to achieve your desired effect.
Ensure the BRUSH TOOL is selected, then click and hold to test out your new custom brush.
You can return to BRUSH SETTINGS to experiment with your custom brush.
If you select the BRUSH PRESET PICKER in the upper left of your screen, you will find that your new brush has been saved in the drop down menu for future use. (END)
You can make your custom brush as simple or as complicated as you like. You can even use external graphics if you copy and paste them onto your canvas. Either way, making specialized brushes is quite easy once you've got the hang of it!