Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving and organzing brushes, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] We need to take a moment to learn how to save and organize our brushes in Photoshop. I'll start by creating a new document at the default Photoshop size. I'll tap the f key to go to fullscreen mode, and then command + 1 in order to zoom in. I have the regular paintbrush selected, and I want to make some changes to this brush. I'll start in the General Brushes group and select the soft, round brush, but then I'll change the brush tip shape.
I'll scroll to the top and just select a different shape. I'll change the spacing amount and maybe the size as well as the angle or the roundness of the brush. I just want to make sure that it's different from where we started. Then, I have a foreground color selected, in this case, green. I'm going to change the blend mode to Multiply and decrease the opacity by tapping the 5 key. Now when I paint once, I get this brush stroke, and if I paint again, I get another, but when I paint on top of them, because the blend mode is set to Multiply, I'm going to get an interaction between those paint strokes and the underlying color.
So once we've created a brush that we like, we can click to add it to our brushes. Now you might want to pay attention to what you have selected in the Brushes panel. In this case, I'm going to close the General Brushes group, and I already have a folder or group full of brushes called jk brushes. If I select one of the brushes in there, it's going to change the brush that I have right now so I'm just going to click to add a new brush and I'll call this green ink marker.
I want to capture the brush size as well as the tool settings and the color. The tool settings are all of the settings up here in the Options bar, and it used to be in Photoshop that you had to save those as a tool preset but now we can simply include them in the brush as we create it. So I'll click OK and Photoshop has added that brush. I want to add it to the jk brushes, so I'll click and drag until I see the cyan rectangle around the brushes, and then release my cursor.
I can also reorder the brushes directly within the Brushes panel by just dragging and dropping. I can select multiple brushes at one time, and I can reposition or reorder them as well. In this case, I just took them outside of the jk brushes group. To put them back in, I'll just drag and drop on top of it. Of course, we can also drag brushes from one group to another, and we can add groups within groups, so we can nest them, by just clicking on the Group icon, naming the group, and then dragging the brushes that we want into that group.
In this case, I want the marker in the group, and I want these two in the jk brushes. If I want to see more brushes in the same amount of space, I can use the zoom slider down here. Moving it to the left will enable me to see two columns of brushes. This is more noticeable when you're working with groups of brushes. For example, this one has eight brushes, and if I move the slider to the right, while we see a larger stroke preview, I'm not able to see as many brushes.
In addition to being able to reorder and reorganize your brushes on the Brushes panel, you can also do this in the brush preset picker. So we can drag and drop if we need to reorder our brushes, although some things might require you using the gear icon, for example, creating a new brush group. In addition, if I right-click anywhere in my image area, I can access the same preset picker and I can reorganize my brushes here as well. Once you've saved and organized all of your brushes, if you wanted to distribute them to friends or install them on another computer, you can use the flyout menu and choose to export the selected brushes.
If you ever want to import brushes, just choose the Import Brushes option. There are additional brushes that you can get using this option to get more brushes. As you can see, Photoshop makes it easy to manage all of the brushes that you spend your time creating.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images