Can you help me build up a li­brary of cus­tom Photoshop brushes?

Daisy Cur­tis, Canada

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Michelle replies

There are many free Photoshop brushes and tex­tures on­line that an artist can down­load, which in many in­stances can be all an artist will need in their cus­tom brush li­brary. Yet cre­at­ing cus­tom brushes from your own photo tex­tures or hand­painted sam­ples can also come in handy if you want to cre­ate a spe­cific ef­fect that can make your art unique.

You can build your own cus­tom Photoshop brush li­brary by col­lect­ing stock brushes from the web, cre­at­ing your own brushes from scratch, edit­ing pre­ex­ist­ing brushes that come with Photoshop and or­gan­is­ing your brushes into an easy-to-browse brush li­brary. Here I’ll ex­plain how to cre­ate your own cus­tom Photoshop brush li­brary to help you save time cre­at­ing awe­some ef­fects in your art.

Here, I’m set­ting up a cus­tom brush li­brary, made up of cus­tom and free stock brushes. I’m also cre­at­ing and cus­tomis­ing a hair brush to add to the li­brary. This is the fi­nal por­trait I did us­ing line art and an air­brush to block it in, and my cus­tom hair brush on Over­lay and Color Dodge lay­ers to fin­ish it off.

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