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

create shapes from photoshop brushes tutorial how to
  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


You can create many unique vector artworks from the strokes available on the site. You can use them once but you can also apply the artwork multiple times in different locations and build up all kinds of images which can then be converted using the above work path approach.


The best conversion from strokes to sharp vectors will be artwork that is fairly hard and sharp with little blurriness. You can then use the paths panel to make a work path for use in converting into a native format vector design.


Many of the 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 vector from that by using the same approach as above.


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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 vector, use the approach below



New document with white background. Select the brush tool and brush and set color to black. Apply brush stroke (or multiple brush strokes). Goto the Filter menu and stylize. Select the Magic wand and select the white of the image. Go to the Select menu and similar. Select menu and inverse. Access the Paths panel and Right side menu and then make work path and set tolerance 1. Goto the Edit menu and define the vector artwork


Another way and probably easier if you are part of the creative cloud is to use Illustrator and copy the strokes from PS to Illustrator and then use the powerful image trace tool to create a vector artwork and that can then be copied back to PS and then defined as above.


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