Tutorial: How To Create Your Own Custom Photoshop Brushes
Welcome to another Think Tank blog post. This simple tutorial explains how to create your own custom Photoshop brushes and explores brush preset options.
First you will need to create a new document or open an existing one.
In my example document, I have some previously collected texture examples and graphics. I will use these to create custom brushes.
You can use any image or graphics you would like to create your brushes.
Once you have your texture or graphic, simply make a selection around the area that you would like to create your brush from. If you are creating a brush from an image, it can be a good idea to feather your selection to avoid having harsh edges on your brush.
Now you have your selection simply go to the top menu, then “Edit > Define Brush Preset”. Give your brush a descriptive name, then click “OK”.
Now your brush has been created. Your can see the new brush in the brush preset picker. Here you can see I've already created a new brush for each of the 3 different graphics from my document.
Now you can use your new brush strokes. Here is an example of the 3 different brushes in their default state (no adjusted brush settings).
You can modify your brush strokes, by adjusting the brush properties in the brushes panel. If you don’t already have the brushes panel available, you can access it by going to the top menu, then “Window > Brush”.
Here you can experiment with things like size, spacing, angle and much more. These options can give you very different strokes from the exact same brush.
Below is an example of a brush stroke with adjusted settings. I have adjusted the spacing and also added a slight rotation & scatter.
Here you can see the settings that I adjusted. You can play around with these setting to achieve a range of different effects.
Its also worth noting that you can save a copy of your edited preset for future use. Once you are happy with your brush settings, simply click on the small "Create new brush" button and you can save your edited brush. This can the be selected in the brush preset picker.
The possibilities are endless when you explore the brush options, I would encourage you to play around with the different settings to experiment with different effects.