Want to create realistic and detailed textures in Adobe Photoshop. You can do so by painting with brushes. There are many custom brushes that you can find in the Adobe Creative Cloud Market. In this video, author Ian Robinson demonstrates how you can find, buy and install custom Photoshop brushes from the Creative Cloud Market.
- One surefire way to create realistic and detailed textures is through painting with brushes in Adobe Photoshop. And while Photoshop has some great brushes installed by default, there are a ton of different custom brushes available in the creative cloud market. I'm going to show you how to download and install these custom brushes. Now, I want you to notice this project is a Photoshop document. And I already have some layers in my document. Now, just so we're all on the same page, let's make sure we're working in the same workspace.
Go up under Window, go to Workspace, and make sure you're in the Essentials workspace. You may need to reset your Essentials to make sure everything looks kind of like mine. If you notice, I've got some of these tools that are cut off down here at the bottom. So I can just click this double arrow on he top part of that toolbar, and that'll give me two columns, so I can see all my tools, and their options. Now let's go over to the lower right corner and look at the Layers panel. Down here, I just have a blue layer solid, and then I have this Mountains layer.
And if you notice, there's a little cloud icon here. Now, that's letting me know that this is a file that exists within the Libraries, specifically within the AEG Market library. And the way I added it, is I just dragged and dropped the file right into my project. Now, we're going to get into how to edit these vectors a little while later in the next chapter. I just want you to see how this project is built, so when we start painting with our brushes, you'll have something to paint over.
Okay, so next I have these lines, and these are the lines that are underneath of our text. And now we can start working with brushes. So I'm going to start by going over to our brush tool here. If you click and hold on that tool, you may have a pencil tool, or something else, depending upon the last thing you used. Just make sure you're on the brush tool. You can also just press B on your keyboard. Now, notice, immediately I have this no icon.
That's because I have the Mountains layer selected. What I want to do is paint on a layer above the Mountains. So with the Mountain layer selected, I'm going to go down here and click this button just below, which will add a new layer here. And I'll double click on Layer One, and I'll call this Clouds. So, in order to actually paint with the clouds brush, I'm going to go up to my AEG Market library, and if you scroll through the library, you should notice I have different icons.
But also, I have different groups of elements, and brushes get their own group. So if I just click once on the cloud brush, it's automatically going to load that brush up into my brush panel, okay? But keep in mind, this is just using this straight out of the library here. This is not actually loading it into my Photoshop brushes library. If I want to do that, I need to actually save it in there. So to do that, I'm going to go up under the Window menu, and open the Brush Panel.
And notice here, I can see that I've got a bunch of shape dynamics that are applied to this brush. So when I start painting, it's going to create this kind of cool cloud effect. Now, those of you with Wacom tablets, you'll be able to take advantage of neat things like pressure sensitivity and tilt. I want to go to the Brush Presets here. If I want to save this brush in the Brush Presets, all I have to do is come down here to the bottom and say, create new brush, and it's already in here. And I can just call this Cloud Brush.
So when I click okay, it's automatically going to be stored here in my Brush Presets. Okay, now that that's all set up, let's go ahead and close our Brush Presets, and hover over the canvas. If you look to the right of the letter P, you have a left bracket and a right bracket. You can go ahead and use the right bracket to make this brush a little larger. And you also want to come up here and look and make sure that you're opacity's set to 100, and the flow is set to 100. Now, if I just click and drag, it's going to paint in some clouds.
Now, those were pretty heavy clouds, but to bring the opacity down, all I have to do is make sure the Clouds layer is selected, and then bring its opacity down, like so. Now, if I want to layer more clouds, I suggest actually creating a new layer. And then this time, let's actually make a smaller brush. So I'm going to use the left bracket, which is just to the right of the letter P. And I'll just paint a couple little clouds, like so. So now we've got two layers of clouds. I'll go ahead and rename this Small Clouds.
There we go. So, if you want to actually load a Photoshop brush and save it into your Brushes Presets, you need to make sure to open the presets, and go down and enable that save by creating a new brush. Otherwise, it's always going to need you to go to your Libraries panel and select the brush before you can actually load it.
- Exploring the Creative Cloud Market
- Searching and saving assets in the Creative Cloud Market
- Organizing Market assets in the CC Libraries
- Creating custom brushes and textures in Photoshop
- Creating backgrounds and animations in Illustrator
- Building a short promo in After Effects