The effective use of brushes is an essential skill for anyone who wants to be a skilled Photoshop designer. There are countless brush packs that you can download for free, and other that you can buy, but sometimes you will want to use a brush that doesn’t yet exist. In these situations you may want to make your own brushes.
Whether you want to learn more about creating brushes for your own use or for distribution, the tutorials featured in this post will give you the skills you need.
Veerle shows us a different approach to creating her grunge brushes. She first experiments on paper and then scans her work and creates the brush from there.
Veerle also shows us how to create some nice grunge brushes from a photograph of a rusty, textured surface.
Jay Hilgert of Bittbox shows us his process for creating brushes. Jay’s brush packs are among the most popular that you’ll find anywhere, so this is a must-read if you want to learn more about making your own.
This tutorial on deviantART show you the process of creating a brush starting with a photo. The tutorial uses a photo of a flower, but this approach can be used to create an type of brush.
This tutorial from PhotoshopStar also shows the process of creating a brush from a photograph.
MyPhotoshopBrushes shows the basics of creating brushes, how to create a sample brush from a scanned brushstroke, and also explains how you can save your brushes in a .abr file for easy distribution.
This tutorial from Digital Arts shows how you can create brushes to add rain to a photo.
Hyper Gurl has a tutorial for creating a brush from an image. There is also a video version of the tutorial available on the page.
Photoshop Roadmap offers a tutorial that shows you how to create a set of lego brushes from a sample image.
This brief tutorial shows the simple process of converting an existing image into a brush. The author uses a graphic created in Illustrator as the starting point.
Andrew Houle of My Ink Blog leads us through the process of create brushes from actual coffee stains and splatters.
AiVault shows how to create the flosishes in Photoshop, and then how to turn them into a brush to make them more useful and versatile.
Tim from Assualt Blog shows his process for creating brushes from photos, plus how to set them up as a brush set.
This PhotoshopStar tutorial shows how you can create brushes in Photoshop with no image and no scanning. Simply using the standard brushes that come with Photoshop and some texture effects, custom grunge brushes are created.
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