- Understanding Foreground and Background Colors
- Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels
- Modifying the Brush Presets Panel
- Selecting Brush Tip Sets
- Adjusting Brush Tips
- Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips
- Creating Customized Brush Tips
- Saving Customized Brush Tips
- Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
- Working with the Mixed Brush Tool
- Working with the Pencil Tool
- Working with Auto Erase
- Working with the Line Tool
- Using the Standard Shape Tool
- Working with the Custom Shape Tool
- Creating a Custom Shape
- Saving Custom Shape Sets
- Using the Paint Bucket Tool
- Working with the Eraser Tools
- Working with the Magic Eraser Tool
- Creating and Applying Gradients
- Creating and Saving Customized Gradients
- Using the Color Replacement Tool
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
- Open an image, scan an item, or select any of Photoshop’s painting tools and create a shape for a new brush tip.
- Select the brush tip using any of Photoshop’s selection tools.
- Click the Edit menu, and then click Define Brush Preset.
- Enter a name for the new brush preset.
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.