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How to create / define a new brush from Photoshop patterns tutorial

create new brush using photoshop patterns

How to create new brushes from Photoshop patterns tutorial in CC 2017 2015 etc. This tutorial is based on the PNG files on this site, similarly works for other PNG etc files (it can also be used with patterns from PAT files as well). You can just open the PNG file and define that. You can also apply different effects to the artwork as well as duplicate the pattern layers and then define that as a brush stroke. You can also obtain the patterns from PAT files and define those also as new brushes in Photoshop. You can also use the result of a pattern fill layer content to create a new brush in Photoshop. You can add masks to the pattern layers and use that as a source for new brushes. You can also use patterns with scripts to create all kinds of unique brush stroke designs. This tutorial shows you a number of methods to create brush strokes from Photoshop patterns


  1. Apply pattern design (fill layer, styles, edit menu fill etc)

  2. Edit menu in Photoshop

  3. Define brush

  4. Brush name

  5. OK

  6. Apply brush stroke via brush tool etc

First steps to creating Photoshop brushes

Open the PNG file or use the place command in Photoshop - that is the first thing, once loaded it can then be manipulated in a number of ways such as adding effects or using it on channels etc - as with most things in PS, there are 100s of ways of creating new and exciting brushes.


PNG files and Photoshop brushes from patterns

patterns in photoshop as source for brushes

Open PNG file and go to the edit menu define brush. You can define the entire file or just use the rectangular marquee and then select part of the artwork and define that as a new brush.


Once you have a brush defined, you can also go to a new document and then apply that multiple times, perhaps mixed with effects etc, and define that as a new stroke as well. That is a fairly basic way of creating infinite numbers of new brushes based on patterns designs however you can go even further by using the patterns with features such as fill content and that can also be defined as a new brush stroke


  1. Open PNG pattern file

  2. Edit menu in Photoshop

  3. Define brush

  4. Give it a brush name

  5. OK

  6. Select a brush tool

  7. Select brush

You can also open the PNG file and then duplicate the layer of the pattern and re-size that and flatten and then define that as new brush stroke or perhaps add effects to the artwork before the definition

PAT files and Photoshop brushes from patterns

define brush via photoshop pattern fill layerIf you don't have the PNG files, you just have the PAT file. You can quickly create the PNG file or a source for a brush simply by using


  1. Edit menu

  2. Fill

  3. Select patterns

  4. Select a pattern and hover over the thumbnail to see the size (say 1000 x 1000)

  5. Cancel out of fill

  6. Create a document with the same size via file menu and new

  7. Edit menu

  8. Fill

  9. Pattern

  10. OK, You now have the equivalent of the PNG file and you can now just use

  11. edit menu

  12. define brush

  13. brush name

  14. OK


To define the brush stroke

PNG files as Photoshop fill content and as a source for new brushes

patterns in photoshop as source for brushes

You can also open the PNG file and then define it as a pattern via the edit menu. Once it has been defined, you can now use the pattern via the edit menu fill command and select pattern (and perhaps use it with the random fill or symmetry options to create even more interesting designs. If you create a layer then you can also add content to that and then use the layer menu and layer styles and pattern overlay (and you can also use the patterns as wonderful brush textures which can be permanently incorporated into the art) and that can also be quickly used as a great source for new brush strokes by flattening the artwork and then selecting part of the design or all of the pattern fill and then use the edit menu define brush command.


For myself, the best approach is probably the fill content which can be made of a solid color or gradient or pattern. The pattern can be scaled using the fill content layer scaling and re-colored using adjustment layers etc and the result of that layer can also be flattened and then selected or part selected and then edit menu and define brush to save the pattern as a brush.


  1. Edit menu in Photoshop

  2. Define pattern

  3. Layer menu in Photoshop

  4. New fill layer

  5. Pattern

  6. Select the pattern

  7. Scale as required

  8. OK

  9. edit menu

  10. define brush


The pleasure of the fill content is that is a layer and multiple layers can be generated and blended using blending modes such as darken and lighten etc to create all kinds of unusual designs which can be then flattened and again, selected and defined by the edit menu and define brush command.

Add Layer masks / Patterns for new brushes

brush patterns in photoshop as source for brushes

Another good thing about a fill content layer (once it has been rasterized or turned into a smart object as the fill content layer can't have a layer mask in its default state) is that you can always add a layer mask to it via the layer menu and layer mask and then in the layer panel, you can modify the mask so the edges of the image are faded so you won't end up seams in the brush stroke (if that is not an issue then you should not worry about it).



Scripts and patterns and brushes

pattern script for new Photoshop brushesYou can also create unique pattern designs for use as a brush stroke by using scripts. If you use scripts, you probably be best to start with a selection for the pattern to fill.


  1. Elliptical marque tool

  2. Create a circle selection

  3. Select menu in Photoshop

  4. Modify

  5. Feather

  6. 10px

  7. Edit menu in Photoshop

  8. Fill

  9. Contents: Pattern

  10. Select custom pattern

  11. Script ON

  12. Random fill

  13. OK

  14. Set density

  15. Scale factor

  16. Rotate pattern ON

  17. OK

  18. Perhaps re-apply the fill a few times to fill the brush stroke

  19. Select menu

  20. Deselect

  21. Edit menu in Photoshop

  22. Define brush

You can use the scripts to create all kinds of super unique brush strokes from the patterns. Random fill is particularly good but all the other scripts can be used

Other tutorials

1. how to create a random color grid Photoshop pattern

2. how to create a rectangle pattern in Photoshop tutorial using lines and random fill script

3. how to make color triangle patterns in Photoshop

4. how to use Photoshop keyboard tool shortcuts for quick access to tools

Other resources

1. Chevron / angled patterns and colorful seamless tiles

2. Overlay and textured brushes

3. Plus / cross themed artwork brushes

4. Polka dot and spotty brushes as well as layers for Photoshop, psp, Affinity Photo etc

Youtube Video tutorial

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube]