The hidden power of Photoshop brush tool

 
In this micro tutorial, I will describe my favorite features of Adobe Photoshop Brush tool. To learn all features, you can simply open Brush palette (Window menu - Brushes), change each setting and try the result when you draw a stroke. The first setting is Tip Shape. You can choose from pre-loaded shapes or you can create your own... more on that later!
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 1

Brush Tip Shape has one interesting setting: Spacing. It is usually around 20-25% but when you set it larger than 100-150% you will get very different result.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 2

Using Shape Dynamics checkbox, you can randomize sizes and angles of brush dots.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 3

Using Scattering, you can randomize locations of brush dots - as you draw a straight stroke, dots are added randomly around your mouse.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 4

You can use Count setting to control amount of dots.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 5

Dual Brush is very interesting feature, which will get you very different results depending on which brush and which mode you choose. Compare the two lines on this screenshot - first line made with simple brush, second - with Dual Brush enabled.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 6

You can use Color Dynamics to randomize (or fade, or control with tablet pen) brush color. I do not use this often, though :-)
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 7

 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 8
  

Wet Edges is simple and self-explanatory feature :-)
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 9

The most exciting thing is that you can easily create your own brush. Let's make a star brush for example. Create new image with transparent background (square for our star). Set foreground color to Black, switch to Shape tool (U), select Polygon tool on toolbar, open Polygon options, check Star checkbox, set Indent sides = around 90%, and sides = 4.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 10

Draw a shape, rasterize it (Layer - Rasterize - Shape). Select all (Ctrl-A).
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 11

Go to Edit menu - Define Brush preset. Choose name for new brush, click OK.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 12

Now, when you open Brushes palette window (from Window menu), you can see your new brush in Brush Tip Shape list.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 13

Now you can enable and adjust Size Jitter, Scattering and Color Jitter, and with single mouse move, get result such as this!
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 14

Another example - I took the shape of snow flake, created brush preset from it. With Size Jitter, Scattering and Color Jitter, this is what single brush stroke looks like.
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 15

And another example - heart-shaped brush. Again, this screenshot made with only one brush move!
 
The (hidden) power of Photoshop brush tool - Step 16

Author: Vlad Gerasimov
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14 Responses to "The hidden power of Photoshop brush tool"

 
Biju Subhash Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on 16 Nov 2008 1:47:55 AM MDT
Nice Tutorials Thank You, Biju Subhash

 
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said this on 16 Nov 2008 8:05:59 AM MDT
atlast i found u after long search

 
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said this on 26 Nov 2008 3:32:46 PM MDT
If you could provide video tutorial , I will be appreciate.

 
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said this on 02 Dec 2008 8:16:44 PM MDT
Thanks very much, it was a great intro - enough information to start experimenting. Cool!

 
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said this on 29 Mar 2009 6:41:20 AM MDT
this is nice intro, but I need more advanced tut. If you have written any other tutorial, or know about it, let me know thanks.

 
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said this on 06 Apr 2009 9:38:08 PM MDT
Wonderful learning resource, definitely a must read for beginners. This would be a good introduction to brushes, as to how versatile and useful this tool is. I, for one, can't get enough of all the amazing brushes out there! Thanks for posting this!

 
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said this on 24 Apr 2009 12:34:11 PM MDT
Very use full tutorial, Excellent

 
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said this on 26 Apr 2009 6:08:29 AM MDT
nice . many basic tehniques i didn't know and u have teach me . thx to the author , really great !!!

 
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said this on 14 May 2009 6:29:39 AM MDT
Please help me with a example how to do design a web page (difficult web page) in photoshop ( ( http://file.sh/photoshop+torrent.html ) and convert it into as website in Dreamweaver

 
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said this on 19 Jun 2009 8:35:11 AM MDT
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said this on 13 May 2010 7:41:52 AM MDT
Thanks you very much, it was a give great information to start experimenting.

 
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said this on 20 Sep 2010 4:25:41 AM MDT
Thanks for this, never knew you could do that.

 
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said this on 28 Feb 2012 8:21:36 AM MDT
good one :) good for newbies in PS




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