Creating Your Own Photoshop Brushes

Creating your own Adobe Photoshop brushes is fun and simple. In this tutorial we’ll design a very simple brush just to show you how quick and easy the process is.

1) Create a new Photoshop document via File > New… or N + Ctrl/Cmd.

In the New Document dialogue box, enter 200 pixels for both the Width and Height. Also, make sure the Background Contents option is set to White since we need the background to be white for the brush.

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2) Next select the Brush Tool on the Tools palette or press B.

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3) On the top left-hand corner, press the Brush Preset picker button that open a panel with an array of different brushes at different sizes. Select a size of brush you wish to draw with – I’ve chosen 13px.

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4) Make sure the Foreground Colour is set to black. Photoshop only creates buttons in grayscale. The white areas on our canvas will be transparent and the black parts will be the solid colour parts of the button. Anything grey will be transparent the lighter it gets. You can set the default foreground and background colours, which will set the foreground to black and the background to white, by pressing D.

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5) Time to draw your brush! Use the Brush Tool to draw out the shape you want for your custom brush. You can increase the brush size by continually pressing the right bracket key ( ] ) or decrease the Photoshop brush size by using the left bracket key ( [ ) in the same manner.

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6) Now to convert this document into a Photoshop brush that we can use, go Edit on the top menu and select Define Brush Preset. A dialog box will pop open asking you to give your brush a new name:

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Hit OK and your brush will be ready to use.

7) You can open up and new larger Photoshop document to test your new brush on. It should be now available on the Brush Preset picker at the bottom.

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And there you go. Now you know how to create your own Adobe Photoshop brushes, experiment around and create some more to explore the possibilities.

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