Photoshop CS5 Tutorial, Creating Basic Custom Brushes using Photos, Drawings, Markmaking

Photoshop CS5 Tutorial, Creating Basic Custom Brushes using Photos, Drawings, Markmaking

September 8, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hiya, I’m Georgia Goddard, I’m going to be
doing some tutorials, maybe every 2-3 weeks, just to explain techniques, processes, answer
questions – that kind of thing. I was asked recently how I do my backgrounds – I thought
it’d be a good idea to first explain custom brushes, as I rely on those quite heavily
when I paint backgrounds. So, to start us off, I’m just going to explain how I made
one of my favourite brushes, which is one of the brushes I use for hair. As you can
see, it makes it a lot easier when blocking in large areas of hair, or large areas of
texture really. It’s pretty good for fabric, it’s pretty versatile really. So, in order
to make a brush like this, you just need to get a hard, round brush, about 14-16px. The
opacity needs to be pretty low, and you just need to make a few dots here and there, and
make some opaque ones in the middle – and then you want some smaller, less opaque ones
just here and there just to add some texture and interest to the brush. (So that should
be enough). And then you just need to go into the “Edit” menu, and “Define Brush Preset…”
– just name it whatever you want to name it, keymash, whatever – and then, it’s as easy
as that really. So just go over to our big one here. I mean, as it is, it could be useful
for grating, for metal, that kind of thing, but in order to use it for hair you just go
and fiddle around with the settings – just move the “Spacing” down to 1%, take the shape
dynamics down to a minimum diameter of 0%, and then it’s as easy as that really. Obviously,
like I said, it is quite a versatile brush, it can be used for fabrics, you can have a
mess around with the “Scattering”, make a really dirty grating, metal, anything like
that. Just have a good fiddle around with it, have a good play around – I could spend
hours just messing around with the presets, messing around with custom brushes, and then
just finding something you can’t remember painting without.
So that’s the Hair brush, you can scribble around making whatever marks you want to make,
and it could end up awesome. So I’ll just go, maybe I’ll have another scribble around
[makes dumb noises] so maybe a few dots, and then “Edit”, “Define Brush Preset”, keymash.
So, there’s another quite cool texture there – (make it a bit bigger). So that could be
used for branches, thorns, spiky stuff, you can have a fiddle around with the angle maybe
– take that to 20%, take the roundness to… 60%. Take the shape dynamics off… and just
mess around. (Let’s have a look at Angle Jitter maybe.) So yeah, just have a fiddle around
with it, see what you can make. I mean, you can use this for anything – you can use paintings
that you’ve already made before; so if I go into something I made before – I decided that
these mushrooms might be quite nice as a brush, so I’m just going to copy that, paste it into
this canvas here. Obviously it is a grayscale canvas, because you can’t have colour in your
brushes. I would suggest keeping the images quite low-detail as well, because obviously
the more detail and the bigger they are, the harder it is for your computer to process
it when you actually try to paint with it. So, I’m just going to make the contrast a
bit higher, you’ll see why in a minute. (Make it a bit darker, maybe). I’m going to “Invert”
it as well, and then you just need to “Posterize” it, like that. You only need a couple of levels,
you don’t need a whole lot of levels, maybe 3 maximum. (Come on, there we go.) Yeah, 3
max, then “Edit”, “Define Brush Preset”, (mushrooms). We’ll see what that looks like now, select
the brush you just made. (Turn that off, there we go.) So you can see, obviously, if you
just dot it around you can tell it’s mushrooms, but if you really start to paint with it it
just gives a really interesting texture really, if you change the Opacity – so it could be
rocks, could be coral, anything like that, it’s just up to you – just have a fiddle with
it. And then, obviously, there’s all the settings to fiddle around with as well – the “Scattering”,
[more dumb noises], so if we turn the Spacing down, and just go a bit mad with it really.
So like I said you can do it for drawings, paintings – you can do it with photos as well,
if you have any photos that have interesting textures that you think might be good to use.
You can also scan in bits of paper, scan in leaves, anything like that, and just spend,
you know, a few hours just having a go, messing around, finding some really awesome brushes.
So I’m just going to use a photo – use these flowers, here – I think this part of the lily
here might be quite interesting. So I’m just going to select that, pop it in there, make
it a bit bigger, and then we just go to “Adjustments”, “Posterize”, (yeah, 3 levels), “Edit”, “Define
Brush Preset”, (flowers). And then… go to town. So that’s a bit of a fluffy one there,
for flowers, bushes, anything really. So that should be it, really – I hope I’ve
explained myself well enough for you guys to understand, but if you do have any questions,
please do let me know in the comments, send me a message, if I don’t answer it there,
I might just pop it into another tutorial for you guys later on.
So, thanks for watching, and see you next time! Bye!