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How to create a Photoshop line brush tutorial

photoshop intense line brushes

How to create an intense line brush in Photoshop tutorial. You can create all kinds of intense Photoshop line brushes by combining rectangle / line designs and then repeating the lines over and over. You can also add transformations to the lines as well as vary the density of lines / paths. You can use combinations and transformations of those lines to create infinite variations of the lines. You can then define the intense line brush via the edit menu define brush command. This tutorial shows you how to create all kinds of intense lines using the rectangle / line paths in Photoshop.

  1. Create new Photoshop document

  2. Create a large document for a large intense line artwork. Suggest something like 2000 x 800 etc - obviously you can always create smaller but if you want a seriously intense (large number) of lines then a large document is a good start point

  3. Select the rectangle tool / lines in Photoshop

  4. Select the rectangle tool in the toolbox and set the color to black via the toolbox.

  5. Draw the rectangle from the top of the document to the bottom and create a thin rectangle - add this to the far left and then add another a few pixels away (leaving some white gap) perhaps with the same size of rectangle or slightly different.

  6. Repeat this over and over for about 1/4 of the document though you can do this all the way across the document - it is just quicker to just use 100 or so lines and repeat them.


Line layers and Photoshop line brush

Select the lines you have created and then copy and paste as a new layer, repeat those line layers over the entire document. Space them over the entire document, perhaps overlap, perhaps re-size the width of the layer (squeezing the lines together). You can repeat this a number of times and in different positions. You can then add some additional number of lines in different sizes throughout the document to add some variation in the density.


Define the intense line brush in Photoshop

  1. Flatten the layers

  2. edit menu

  3. define brush command


Now you have a super intense brush stroke for Photoshop (you can also export the result as a PNG file). You can now use the line brush in all the brush tools in Photoshop



You can also just duplicate the document layer and repeat the multiple layer approach to create even more intense combinations of lines. You can combine parts of the layers with adjustment layers to create different greys etc. The brush can be rotated as well as squeezed via the preset panel.


Other resources

1. line brushes

2. letter and type brushes

3. lattice and line brushes

4. jagged line brushes



1. How to use Photoshop brushes in different image modes

2. How to use Photoshop brushes in different channels


Sources and references

1. Brushes and presets in Photoshop on Adobe.com


Youtube Video tutorial

Tutorial showing some examples of the line brush effect in Photoshop [Youtube]


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