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Creating Customized Brush Tips

Although Photoshop’s Brush panel gives you many choices for brush tips, any good designer will tell you that no matter how many brush tips you have, you’ll always want more. For example, you’re working on a 100-year-old photograph, and you need a specific brush to add hair details to the blown-out areas of the image. You’ll want to find a special type of brush that literally creates the illusion of wavy hair and add it to your collection of brush tips. Photoshop, in an effort to help keep you organized, gives you the ability to create your very own customized brush tips, and then save them later in organized sets.

Create a New Brush Tip

  • blue-circle1.jpg Open an image, scan an item, or select any of Photoshop’s painting tools and create a shape for a new brush tip.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Select the brush tip using any of Photoshop’s selection tools.
  • blue-circle3.jpg Click the Edit menu, and then click Define Brush Preset.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Enter a name for the new brush preset.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Click OK.

    Open the Brush panel, and then scroll to the bottom of the list to access your newly created brush tip.

    Since the Define Brush Preset button picks up any background colors within the selection area, it always creates the brush tip in a blank layer.

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