How to make a confetti brush in Photoshop

August 17, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hello! I’m Cristina from Elan Creative Co and in this tutorial I will show you how to make a custom confetti brush
using Photoshop. First we are going to create a simple confetti brush using the
basic Photoshop brushes and after that we are going to make our own custom
brushes. So open Photoshop and let’s get started! Select your favorite foreground
and background colors. You are going to need this later because you are going to
create colorful confetti brushes. Now select the brush tool, the shortcut is B.
If you can’t see it, it might be under the Pencil tool. Set the size of the brush.
I’m going to use the 30 pixel brush, but you might need a bigger or smaller one.
This is how my brush looks. We are going to use the brush menu to create a
confetti brush, so go to Window>Brush or press f5 to open the brush menu. The
first thing we are going to change is the Brush Tip Shape. You can see here in
the preview box that this is how our brush looks. Now if we increase the
Spacing, we are going to have a string of dots instead of a continuous line. So I
think I’m going to leave it at 130 %. So this is our brush. Now I want
my dots to have different sizes, so I’m going to change the Shape Dynamics. Just increase the size and you can see that you now have larger and smaller confetti.
If you change the Roundness, you will have oval confetti as well as round
confetti. And you can also change the angle.
This works better if you have a triangle or rectangle confetti. I’m just going to
leave the angle and roundness at 0% for now. So this is how our brush looks now.
You might need to increase the spacing if your dots are too close to each other.
Let’s see. This is much better. If you want to create a confetti brush, you will
have to change the scattering. So if you increase the Scatter you will see that
the dots start to move away from each other. If you want them to move in all
directions select Both Axes. The Count number is the number of dots you will
see on one click. So if you click here now you can see that there are four dots.
So let’s use the Count of three dots, move the Scatter all the way to 1000%,
and maybe increase the Count Jitter. 25% is enough. Now if you draw, you can see
these are your confetti. You will have to change these values until you get the
right look for your confetti. You might also need to increase the spacing again. This probably looks better. I also love
the fact that they overlap, but I think they will look better if we change the
transparency. So go to Transfer and increase the Flow Jitter. I’m going to use
30%. You can see here that they are transparent and you can see where they
overlap. If you’re want colorful confetti, you will have to change the Color Dynamics.
Make sure Apply Per Tip is selected to color each dot. I like to keep the
Foreground Background Jitter to around 50%. This means that the confetti will
be colored using the foreground and background colors that I select at the
beginning of this tutorial. If you change the background color, for example to this
dark blue, you can see that we actually have various shades of purple. You can
also change the Hue Jitter. Let’s also increase it to 50% and you
can see now that besides the purple you also have yellows and browns.
If you want vibrant colors, all you have to do is increase the Saturation. So
let’s bring it all the way to 100% and as you can see we have really colorful
confetti. Now I’m going to close this and show you how to create confetti from
custom brushes. I’m going to use the Pen tool,
the shortcut is P, and make sure it’s set to shape not path or pixels, to create a
brush. You will need to draw using black or different shades of grey. I’m actually
going to use a different shade of grey for each shape. So just start drawing. If you are happy with your shape, just go
to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give your brush a new name, and press OK to save.
I’m going to delete these layers and then go to the Brush tool. As you can see,
our brushes are very big so I am going to resize them. You can also use the
bracket keys to resize the brushes. So because I’ve used different shades of
grey, my brush will have different colors starting from the foreground
color. This is what happens if you try to draw using this brush. This is very ugly
so we’ll have to go back to the brush settings. The first thing we are going to
change is the Brush Tip Shape so select it and then increase the spacing. I’m not
going to move the slider all the way to 100%. I think I’m going to leave it at
50%. Then I’m going to change the Shape Dynamics.
I will only change the angle. I don’t want to have many repeats so I will
rotate some of the brushes. Now I’m going to increase the Scatter a bit, but maybe
just about 25%. I’m also going to change the transparency. This will be 42 percent
just like last time, and the Color Dynamics. All the settings are the same
as our previous brush. Sso let’s see what we have.
This is actually very pretty! Even though I love this brush, I think I’m going to
go back and change the spacing. Maybe lower it a bit. So let’s test our
brush. I really love this brush and I hope you do too! If you’ve enjoyed this
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Illustrator tutorials. Thanks for watching!