Making your own custom Photoshop brush is really simple, and can make life a lot easier when marketing your business. Photographers and bloggers especially like to watermark their images, and I do the same on a lot of my images. I recently created a set of custom brushes for a client using some of her branding graphics, a set of stars, and thought others might find this technique helpful.
Creating a Photoshop Brush
The first thing you need to do to make a Photoshop brush is to open up the graphic you wish to use. In my video tutorial, I created a brush from my “A” icon, as well as a set of brushes from my clients star graphics. Below is one of the graphics used. Note: your graphic needs to have a transparent background (be a PNG file).
Once I had the graphic opened up in Photoshop, I right clicked on the layer to select the pixels, then went to “Edit” -> “Define Brush Preset”. I’m being vague with my writing because I have an in-depth video tutorial, but the text version might help those who are more advanced find the brush option quicker.
Once I created my star brush, I painted the sparkles onto this lupine painting; I did the same with my “A” icon.
If you look closely at the stars you can see that the texture and values showed up with the Photoshop brush. Photoshop brushes don’t have to be flat graphics! I dropped the opacity of the “A” to make it a little more transparent.
Creating Photoshop Brushes: Video Tutorial
Because it’s hard to write an article detailing how to make and save your own set of brushes, here is the video tutorial I created. Enjoy, and have fun creating your own!