Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Turn a png file into a brush -- it's easy!

One of the best-kept secrets in the digital world is how easy it is to create brushes. In Photoshop and Photoshop Elements an abr file type can be created from almost anything -- text, png files, jpg files, photos, scanned items, textures – really, almost anything you can load into the program can be turned into a brush.

In my sample I am using Celeste Knight’s Honey Cake poppy element. Because the element is a colored png file, it will make a soft style brush. I am using PSE 11, so if you are using a different version of either Photoshop or PSE, your screen might look slightly different than my screen shots. But, it will work in much the same way in any version.

Step 1: After opening the png file in your program, click on edit>define brush.

Step 2: A pop-up window will appear, allowing you to name the brush. It defaults to the name of the png file. Click ok.

Step 3: With your brush tool selected, click on the drop down arrow next to the word “brush” in the tool options screen. You will see the brush you just created at the end of the list of last-loaded brushes. Click on your new brush.

Step 4: Make the foreground color the color you want to stamp your brush, then click down on the screen on a new layer. There is your new brush! 

Pretty cool, huh?

1 comment:

Liz said...

I didn't realize it was THAT simple! Thank you!