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Creating corner brushes

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Creating corner brushes

Usually, when you create a sample brush you want to make sure that you're avoiding any blunt corners, but there are times when you want to create brushes specifically for painting in corners and that's what this movie is about. So I have here a document and I've got four layer groups and each one has a different corner brush in the making. Now the brushes have already been made. I'm just going to run you through how they were made. So let's turn off three of these and we'll just look at the top right. This begins with just a grayscale image which I have rotated, positioned, so that I can get some interesting texture coming in off the corner.

Creating corner brushes

Usually, when you create a sample brush you want to make sure that you're avoiding any blunt corners, but there are times when you want to create brushes specifically for painting in corners and that's what this movie is about. So I have here a document and I've got four layer groups and each one has a different corner brush in the making. Now the brushes have already been made. I'm just going to run you through how they were made. So let's turn off three of these and we'll just look at the top right. This begins with just a grayscale image which I have rotated, positioned, so that I can get some interesting texture coming in off the corner.

And then I used my Polygonal Lasso tool just to isolate the rough region that I want to incorporate into the brush like so and copy that to a new layer, turn off the original layer. And now I'm going to just increase the contrast on that. So I'm going to come to my Adjustment layers and use Levels, pump up the Contrast.

Then returning to the image layer, I'm going to use the Color Range feature and I'm going to come and just click on those bright bits of the whatever it is right there, select that, and then I will use that as a layer mask for that layer and that's more or less what my brush is going to look like. Now if I feel that this edge is a little bit too well-defined, I might just want to choose a brush and I'm going to use a Spatter brush and then painting in black, just come and make sure I've got my Opacity up at 100%.

Just come and remove any regularity around the corner so it's not going to look like we're painting with a pattern, but we're really painting with something that is unique. The thing about the corner brush is that they will work on documents of roughly the same size. So I'm going to now select the pixels by Command+clicking on the layer Mask and with the pixels selected and with the layer thumbnail selected, I'll then come to Edit and choose Define Brush Preset, and then I can name it.

Now I'm not going to name it, because I already have the brushes prepared, let's now switch to a document and see how we can use them. So in this document I have an image that has a stucco background and this is applied using the Texturizer filter and I have a Gradient Overlay. Now what I'm going to do on a separate layer is I'm going to just paint in some corner deterioration. So let's come and choose my brushes and start out with the top-right. I'm going to choose Black as my Foreground Color and then just stamp into that corner like so, and then I would repeat this process for the other corners.

If you find like I'm finding that your cursor is a bit large and unwieldy, press your Caps Lock key and you'll get the accurate cursor that's going to make it easier to choose your brushes. So then we'll have the top-left and you can see sometimes you might just want to click a few times like I am doing with the top-left to build up some density with that and then the bottom -right and the bottom-left. Okay, now just to blend that in a little bit more, I'm going to do one more thing and that is I'm going to sample the color from the background and I'm going to apply that color to the brushes.

I want to protect the transparency here, so I can either lock it by clicking on that button right there, or I can hold down the Shift key while I'll press the key combination Option+Delete or Alt+Delete and that will fill it with the Foreground Color. Practically, making it invisible, but then when I change the Blend mode to Multiply, you can see that it brings it back quite nicely. So, as we have seen there are some sometimes when you actually do want to paint yourself into a corner. I'm sorry about the bad pattern, I couldn't resist.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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