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How to create a brush tip from an image in Photoshop tutorial

How to create Photoshop brushes from a photo / image tutorial. You can use any photo and images as a source for a new Photoshop brush in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc.

Create brush tip from image in Photoshop

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  1. Open image in Photoshop

  2. Rectangular marquee tool and select area of image

  3. Edit menu

  4. Define brush (to create brush tip rom image selection)

  5. Give the brush tip a name

  6. OK

Would always suggest that you take your own photos or drawing / images and define that image as a new brush. You can use the entire image but you can also use only part of an image as a brush stroke

Initial set-up for the Photo / image brush

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The key thing is to have a photo to convert into a Photoshop brush. The photo, of course, must be owned by you. It is best to turn it a black and white image so most photos / images probably need some initial setup using adjustments such as Black and white

  1. Open image in Photoshop

  2. Image menu

  3. Adjustments

  4. Black and white

  5. Set as required

  6. OK

  7. Edit menu

  8. Define brush

Adding an edge to an image before defining as a Photoshop brush

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  1. Open image

  2. Goto the rectangle tool in Photoshop

  3. Set foreground to white

  4. Go around image and add multiple rectangle shapes around edge

Of course, all kinds of different shapes can be added around the edge or perhaps even brush strokes can be added to give a frame or edge to the image before it is turned into a brush

Define brush image via the edit menu

Now you have the required image (or something similar)

  1. Go to the edit menu

  2. Define brush (or preset) command. The photo is now stored as a stroke in Adobe ® Photoshop ®.

Or use a book etc for images for Photoshop brushes

vintage images for photoshop brushes

You can always use books etc as a great source for all kinds of dabs though if you want to actually use them as a set of strokes, probably best to find a very old Public domain book (and I would suggest checking with your local laws on what is out of copyright etc).


The text comes from a book from about 1740 and I doubt if the writer is around now (I guess)

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