How to create a brush from Photoshop patterns tutorial

How to create new brushes from Photoshop patterns tutorial in CC 2018 2017 2015 etc. The patterns can be used as a great source for brushes and they can be generated via PAT pattern files as well as PNG etc patterns in Photoshop

Brushes from Photoshop patterns

how to create new brush using photoshop patterns
  1. Apply Photoshop pattern design (fill layer, styles, edit menu fill etc) for the brush stroke

  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.

Patterns to buy and use as sources for new amazing brushes in Photoshop

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]


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