Create Custom Photo Brushes

Create Custom Photo Brushes
Brush options

Step 9

Go to Window>Brushes to bring up the Brushes palette. This palette has a lot of options for the Brush tool. Change the Shape Dynamics to these settings by clicking on Shape Dynamics then sliding the sliders. The brush can rotate to a certain degree as we brush. Try various settings as the preview shows how the brush will look.
Brush options - Shape Dynamics

Step 10

Change the Scattering to the settings shown here. Scattering does just that—scatter the brush as we brush. Try various settings as the preview shows how the brush will look.
Brush options - Scattering

Step 11

Change the Hue Jitter to 12%, because we want to somewhat adjust the hue as the brush is clicked-and-dragged, but within a certain range. Setting it to 100% would cause it to include the entire color range.
Brush options - Color Dynamics

Step 12

Now for the fun part: click-and-drag with the Brush tool in a curve.
Painting with custom brush

Step 13

Whatever color is selected in the Foreground in the toolbar is the color of the brush. You can have a jitter between the foreground and background color as well as hue jitter from the foreground color.
Painting with custom brush

Step 14

If you create a second curved brush path like this, click on New Layer on the Layers palette first, so that we can adjust the layer blending mode on the Layers palette. In this example, I adjusted the top layer blending mode to Multiply.
Experimenting with layer blending modes

Step 15

Try various photos and converting them to brushes using the same steps here. Brushes with added Shape Dynamics and Scattering can help create a unique background, such as this one created with a photo of Polaroids.
Polaroids brush

Step 16

This one was created with a scan of tape. Besides creating unique paths, backgrounds are often created with such brushes.


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7 comments on “Create Custom Photo Brushes”

  1. hey,thanks for this but is it possible to use a image with its original color instead of selecting a single color in foreground ?

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