How to create shapes from brushes in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to create / make shapes in Photoshop by using brushes tutorial in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc

Create shapes using brushes in Photoshop

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  1. Open new image with white background

  2. Goto the toolbar and select the Photoshop brush tool

  3. Select a Photoshop brush in the brushes presets

  4. Set the color to black via the Photoshop toolbar

  5. Apply single Photoshop brush dab or multiple dabs as required (perhaps apply as a brush stroke)

  6. Select white background with magic wand tool

  7. Select menu and inverse

  8. Window menu and paths panel

  9. Right side menu

  10. Make work path

  11. Set tolerance

  12. Edit menu

  13. Define custom shape

  14. Current custom shapes can now be saved via the custom shapes panel as CSH format file

Use Photoshop brushes to make paths and shapes

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You can create millions of different brush designs using the brushes available from this site along with the millions that exist on the web. The best conversion from brushes to shapes will be brushes that are fairly hard and sharp with little blurriness. You can then use the paths panel to make a work path for use as a custom shape in Photoshop. Many of the brush sets (on graphicxtras) contain ABR files and PNG files with a single design. Open the PNG file and use the previous method to create a quick Photoshop custom shape from that.


It should be noted that converting a complex brush with lots of fine detail will not result in a direct vector design and perfect custom shape. If you want to create an outline custom shape from a Photoshop brush, use the approach below

Create custom shape from outline brush in Photoshop

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  1. New document with white background

  2. Select the brush tool and brush and set color to black

  3. Apply brush stroke (or multiple brush strokes)

  4. Filter

  5. Stylize

  6. Magic wand and select white

  7. Select menu and similar

  8. Select menu and inverse

  9. Paths panel

  10. Right side menu

  11. Make work path and set tolerance 1

  12. Edit menu

  13. Define custom shape

Other tutorials

1. how to use history brushes in Photoshop

Related items

1. triangle and polygon brushes

Sources and references

1. Corel Trace

2. Live trace in Illustrator on


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