Set up and cus­tomise brushes

Paris Chris­tou cre­ates Sketch­Book Pro brushes.

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The new Sketch­Book Pro is an all-in one soft­ware packed full of tools and brushes to sat­isfy any type of artist, giv­ing them plenty of help­ful dig­i­tal as­sets to com­plete their projects.

Although the soft­ware pro­vides you with all the tools you need, Sketch­Book Pro also gives you the power to edit and cus­tomise an ex­ist­ing brush, or cre­ate

Se­lect­ing a spe­cific brush

Press 3 and right-click to open the Brush pal­ette. Then se­lect a brush that you want to ei­ther mod­ify or is sim­i­lar to one you want to cre­ate. For this ex­am­ple, I’ll choose the de­fault Pen­cil tool, with the in­ten­tion of cre­at­ing a new cus­tom pen­cil. Once you’ve se­lected your tool, press the Show Brush Li­brary but­ton that’s lo­cated at the top right-hand cor­ner of the Brush pal­ette.

Cre­at­ing a new brush

Next, lo­cate the row of tools in the Brush Li­brary that fea­tures the brush you’ve cho­sen, hold down your mouse but­ton over the cir­cle of dots that ap­pears around it, and then se­lect the New Brush op­tion to cre­ate a new brush. A Cre­ate Do-it-your­self Brush win­dow will ap­pear, and this gives you the op­tion to se­lect the type of brush that you want to cre­ate. Make sure you choose the Cur­rent Brush op­tion.

Cus­tomis­ing the brush prop­er­ties

Your newly cre­ated brush will be found at the end of the row in the Brush Li­brary you ac­cessed in step two. Dou­ble-click the new brush icon to open the Brush Prop­er­ties dialog, which will give you many op­tions to play with. This dialog en­ables you to edit the Size, Pres­sure, Opac­ity, Color, Spacing, Tex­ture and more. Hit the Save but­ton and you can start us­ing your new brush. your own unique brush, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties here are al­most end­less.

In this short step-by-step guide, you’ll learn the ba­sics of cre­at­ing a new brush, where to cus­tomise the brush’s prop­er­ties, how to best name your new brush and change the brush icon, and fi­nally how to add it to the Brush Pal­ette.

I prom­ise it’s not as com­pli­cated as all that might sound!

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