Creating your own brushes for Adobe Photoshop

posted on 2nd of april, 2008

Easy Tutorial for Photoshop beginners

1. Open Adobe Photoshop
2. Click File-new
3 Choose custom. Change width to 600 pixels
Change height to 600 pixels
Set resolution to 300 pixels per inch
Set mode to RGB
Set contents -white
Click ok. You now have blank palette to work with.
4. Open a file you wish to turn into a brush, start off with something simple, like a basic shape that is easy to isolate. I like using the polygon lasso tool .
Carefully outline the selection of the image that is to become the brush. Select inverse so that only the part of the image that you want is selected . Click copy.

5. Go back to newly created template and click paste, adjust the size of your selection to fit inside the parameters of the new template.

6. Click on File, then click “Define Brush” give it a name click ok and lo and behold, you have created a new custom brush. You will find your new brush at the bottom of your brushes palette.

I have also discovered that you can make larger brushes by starting off with a larger blank palette.

Now open a new file, choose brush and color, check out your results. I hope you will be as amazed with this as I was.

Keep in mind, that unless you choose a solid or opaque object, your new brush will have a transparent quality. Have fun. This image was created with brushes that I created with the expection of the gold hearts which were added to the design later. Hope you find this helpful.

Comments (6)

Posted by Seesea on April 30, 2008
Thanks for the share! I will try it.
Posted by Irisangel on April 29, 2008
Hi all, I would be interested in knowing if anyone tried my method of making brushes and seeing any images that they created. Anyway, have a great night and a better tomorrow.
Posted by Irisangel on April 04, 2008
Great, let me know how it turns out!
Posted by Mneale on April 03, 2008
Thanks Iris.......;-)
Posted by Irisangel on April 03, 2008
Glad you found it helpful. I just love creating my own brushes. I had been using Photoshop for a long time before I found that I could do this. I found the information by running a search for "adobe tutorials," ever since then, that has been my greatest source for learning all kinds on new tricks.
Posted by Cmarshall717 on April 02, 2008
Thank you. Very simple and easy to follow.

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