Thursday, April 26, 2012


If you're like me, you love drawing in Photoshop with your Wacom tablet. You like the smooth flow, the pressure sensitivity, the quick editing capabilities, but you might find yourself getting bored with the default brush presets. If this is the case, I have a solution... CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM BRUSHES! Here's how to do it. (It's easier than you think)

1. Open up Photoshop and zoom in pretty deep on your canvas.

2. Select a brush and make some marks that are relatively close together. They don't have to touch, but keep in mind, you're creating a digital "brush tip", if the marks are too far apart you will end up with some really weird lines once you try using it.

3. Using the marquee tool, select the area around your brush. Next, click on Edit, then click on Define Brush Preset. A pop-up menu will appear allowing you to title your brush before saving the preset. When you're finished naming your brush, click OK. Your new, custom brush will appear at the bottom of the brush presets!

4. Finally, I recommend tweaking the brush presets to get just the look and feel for your new drawing tool. Open the Brush menu (F5) and play around with the settings. Adding shape dynamics, textures, and dual brushes can create some really unique looking marks.

Get creative with your custom preset shapes. If you think about your shape as being the tip of your tablet stylus it should help you create some interesting brushes. Think about how the stroke will look, if there will be a pattern, if the edges will be smooth or jagged... There are limitless possibilities.

I hope this helps you in your creative endeavors. If you come up with a really cool brush please feel free to come back and share it here in the comments.

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