Step-by-step:

Build your cus­tom brush li­brary

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Imagine Nation Artist Q & A -

1 One way to quickly col­lect a lot of use­ful Photoshop brushes is to down­load free stock ones from use­ful sites such as brusheezy.com and mypho­to­shop­brushes.com. Th­ese sites pro­vide a wide va­ri­ety of brushes and brush li­braries with many dif­fer­ent uses. When col­lect­ing brushes from the web, I se­lect which brushes I want and cre­ate cus­tom li­braries with them. 2 To cre­ate cus­tom brushes, I take a photo or a cus­tom­painted shape or tex­ture and con­vert it to black and white. Then I se­lect it with the Rec­tan­gu­lar Mar­quee tool and go to Edit>De­fine Brush Pre­set and give it a use­ful name that will en­able me to find it eas­ily. In the Brush win­dow I can cus­tomise the brush’s set­tings such as Shape Dy­nam­ics, Scat­ter­ing, Tex­ture and so on. 3 I also use Photoshop’s de­fault brushes that have ex­tra use­ful cus­tomis­able tip op­tions. Th­ese can be changed dy­nam­i­cally with a sty­lus and hotkeys as I paint, such as the Hard­ness, Soft­ness, An­gle and Round­ness. To cus­tomise a pre- ex­ist­ing Photoshop brush, I se­lect it from the Brush Pre­set dia­log and ad­just its prop­er­ties in the Brush Tip Shape sec­tion of the Brush win­dow. 4 To or­gan­ise brushes into an easy-to-browse brush li­brary, I open the Brush Pre­sets win­dow, click the icon in the up­per- right cor­ner and se­lect Brush Pre­set Man­ager. From there I Ctrl+click to se­lect each brush that I want to save into a new cus­tomised brush li­brary and then click Save Set. I also add the name and edit the or­der of the brushes in the Brush Pre­set Man­ager.

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