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Creating a custom brush

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Video: Creating a custom brush

Today we're going to look at the creation of a custom brush. An then a third one right here. Right there.

Creating a custom brush

Today we're going to look at the creation of a custom brush. Now, I've done brushes in many of my other tutorials. In fact, my series on the making of Time Squared there's a whole series of different brushes in there including brushes for hair and decorative chains, and so on. But here what we're going to talk about is pepper. Now in this particular painting of mine, Lunch in Tiburon, I'm going to zoom in really close here to look at the pepper, there's a little pepper inside of the shaker.

Now, it looks pretty complex, but, it isn't. All it is, is a single brush that has been applied to multiple layers. First, let's see how that brush was created. I'm going to create a new one. New File here. And that's a pretty good size, no problem. And I'm going to take my paintbrush. I'll pick a hard edge brush. Nice and hard, and somewhat small. Maybe even smaller than that. There you go, nice little small brush. I'm going to draw a little shape here, which will be a little flake of pepper, like that.

And I'll do another one right here, which will be slightly different. An then a third one right here. Right there. So each one of these is different. One's a little bigger than the other, no problem. There they are. That's going to be my pepper brush. I'm going to select this. Now any part that's white is going to be completely transparent in the brush. Every part that's black, will be opaque. Anything other than black Be in a grey or a particular color will be transparent based on the particular value of that color. So right here, all I'm going to get of the brush is those three dots.

So notice even if I selected this big one, I say find Brush Preset. It's only showing the three pieces in there, 92 which means that's the size in pixels of that particular brush. So we're going to call it peper Okay? And then that's it. We can, throw that away. Let's, set it to the background color. Okay, there we go. So now, in a layer, I'm going to take that paintbrush, and select that brush we just created, which will appear at the bottom of our list right there.

A select that and right now it does that but by going into the brush engine I'm able to modify that brush to do exactly what I want it to do. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to bring down the size a little bit so it gets a little smaller. That's a good size, and again it's still just doing that and we can see it in the preview down here. What I'm going to do is increase the spacing for it. Have a little more spacing between the little flakes. There we go. It's looking like that. Now I'm going to go into my shape dynamics and this is where things are really going to start to change.

I'm going to change these size jitters You see that they're make difference, I can go all the way. And then you see that every tip is going to be a different size, see? But I don't want them to get too small, so I can set up a minimum diameter so they won't get too small. Let's say about 20%, alright. So there you see a little tiny one next to that big one, okay. And in fact, there is a really big one right there. Now comes the next big and most important change, the angle. I'm going to set that all the way to 100%. And you see that the each tip is now becoming slightly different angled then the one next to it.

I set the control to just off we don't need to have any controls there. Roundness we can play with that and what that does is it flattens some of them. See now, they're starting to look like little flakes. Flat flakes, so I don't want to go too far with that round. It's just a little bit, just start to add a little more nuance to those particular shapes. Have a minimum roundness setup, let's bring that down to about the same size. There we go. And then I'm going to scatter them. Now scatter them right now you see that they go away from the line, I'm going to say on both axis so that they really go in all different directions, just like that, see.

That kind of shape. Now I'm going to go way down here to Color Dynamics and what I want to do here is I want to have, between the foreground and background, I want to do a complete 100% change. That's from tip to tip, it's going to be jumping between those two colors randomly. I could add a little bit of a hue jitter and some saturation and brightness just a little bit. I don't want to get too intense with that. Now that I have that, I can now pick the colors that I want, so I want a a nice dark gray like that and for the other color I want a lighter grey like that.

And I'll start to draw right in this layer. And as you can see that I'm starting to create all these nice little, little flakes in there. Just like that. Now I can create another layer on top of that. Now I'll pick a different set of colors. I'll go in there and pick some browns. So I pick a little brown like that. And we'll lose this grey. We'll make that a little darker but we're actually make a darker brown. And the w layer I add a whole bunch of other flakes on top of that and this one I could possibly give it a little layer style. I go in there and give it a little bevel and emboss. Which is going to start add some tone to it.

I'm going to make it small just a one and increase the depth so it starts to give it a little more of a Textured kind of a feel. And a third one on top of that. So here, we'll just change the colors, and get a much lighter grey, and that dark brown. And I add another bunch on top of that. And there, we can see where we start to get our little pepper flakes. Now, I do have the actual file in which I created the pepper flakes. This is an early version of the painting. And when I get in real close here. We see there's the pepper flakes.

They're not as detailed as they were before because here they're just flat. And I'll show you that extra detail in a few minutes. But right here we start to see the pepper and it's made up of many different layers here and we'll start to turn off some of these layers you'll see that the peppers will start to disappear. And then you start to see the individual layers that make it up. So again there's quite a few of them, as you can see. Quite a few layers. There's the first one there. This one down here is simply holding. That's the shape that's going to hold our peppers, because they're all being masked by that as a clipping group. And I start turning on each layer, and you can see that there we're starting to get all the little pepper flakes starting to form.

Now the final details that we see in the actual painting and let's get in real close again. Now we see additional details. These little rough areas were done with yet another brush, but in this particular case I used a brush that does exist in Photoshop already. So, going back in here, we'll just get in real close. Right in here and these are very low res, but what I did at that point was to take a brush like this, one of the splatter brushes, which are these sets right here.

And I'll take like let's say that one. Which right now does that. There. That's what it does. Well by going into that brush engine, we're going to modify that brush. Give it a little spacing and a little size jitter, a little angle jitter. And now You can see, it's doing that kind of an effect and with a very, very tiny brush we'll get in bigger here and I'm going to change my brush size down, I just started adding little tones on top, little, little extra little edges and stuff, which is what you see in the final painting here.

All the little rough edges that were added to the pepper flakes afterwards. Took some time. That was a lot of work, but the end result is something that looks fairly real. Brushes they can solve a lot of problems. It's just a question of creating the right brush to do the right job.

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  1. 9m 4s
    1. Creating a Thanksgiving card NEW
      9m 4s
  2. 10h 58m
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s
    5. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    6. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    7. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    8. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
    9. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    10. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    11. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    12. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    13. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
    14. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    15. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    16. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    17. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
    18. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    19. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    20. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    21. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
    22. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    23. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    24. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    25. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
    26. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    27. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    28. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
    29. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    30. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    31. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    32. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    33. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
    34. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    35. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    36. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    37. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
    38. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    39. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    40. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    41. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
    42. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    43. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    44. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    45. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
    46. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    47. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    48. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    49. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    50. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
    51. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    52. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    53. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    54. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
    55. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    56. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    57. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
    58. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    59. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    60. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    61. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    62. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
    63. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    64. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    65. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    66. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
    67. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    68. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    69. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    70. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    71. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
    72. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    73. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s

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