Custom Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop brushes are fantastic tools for enhancing any artwork you care to imagine. They can be simple strokes, which you can use to add effect or definition to an existing picture, or entire images waiting to be dropped into your canvas!
Downloading Brushes
1.  Find a set of free Brushes from a website such as Bittbox.com
2.  Download the file to a Brushes Folder your H: Drive.
3.  Some files may be Zipped– to unzip and use, simply right-click on the file and choose Unzip then save into the Brushes Folder.
4.  In photoshop, open the brushes palette and in the menu, select Load.  Find the Brushes Pack you downloaded and select.
5.  Your brushes should now be available to use in your brushes palette!
Creating Custom Brushes
See tutorial for information on How To Create A Photoshop Brush
1.  For this assignment, you must create a set of 5 brushes that you create from 5 different sources.
Source imagery MUST be edited in a way that makes the shape more usable: squares and rectangles are hard to blend into your work naturally.

Brushes can be used to add texture and even images to your artwork.  Sources could include photos, internet imagery, and scanned objects: textured papers, fabrics, artwork/materials like acrylic paint, watercolour splashes, charcoal, etc.

Remember to aim for a full value grayscale in your brushes.

2.  Once all of your brushes have been created and SAVED to your H Drive, create a showcase thumbnail gallery at 5” x 5” and 150ppi each   to display all of your brushes with their original images.  You will post this to the Digital Sketchbook section of your blog.
Saving/Loading Brushes
Due to the setup of the school server, lab computers reset when you log out of your account.  It is very important to save the brushes you create to your H:/ drive in order to load them again after.  You can do this by following these steps:
To Save Brushes
1. Open the Brush Presets tab (looks like a folder with brushes) located in the top modifications bar (brush tool must be selected).  Be sure to click on the Brush Presets Tab within the menu that opens.
2. Click on the menu icon (arrow with lines) located on the right side of the option bar of the brush menu.
3.  This will provide a list of options > click on “Save Brushes.”
4.  Name and save the file within a Brushes Folder on your H Drive.
To Load Brushes
1. Open the Brush Presets tab (looks like a folder with brushes) located in the top modifications bar (brush tool must be selected).  Be sure to click on the Brush Presets Tab within the menu that opens.
2. Click on the menu icon (arrow with lines) located on the right side of the option bar of the brush menu.
3.  This will provide a list of options > click on “Load Brushes.”
4.  Locate the saved file within your Brushes Folder on your H Drive.
5. The brushes will now be located in your Brushes Palette.