Creating Custom Brushes
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This tip applies to all versions of Photoshop including Elements. This tip will work in several other image-editing programs as well.
If you ever liked stamping with paper and ink you will love this trick. You can create custom brushes with any image.
- 1) Decide on the picture or graphic you want to create into a brush.
- 2) Your background should be white or transparent or it will show up as part of your brush.
- 3) Select the rectangle marquee tool in your toolbox. Select around the area you want to make into a brush. If you want the entire image to be turned into a brush (as shown below) you can skip this step.
- 4) Select Edit then Define Brush (or Define Brush Preset).
To use your new brush, click on the brush tool in the toolbox. In the options bar click on the drop down menu that allows you to choose different brushes. Find your new brush at the bottom of the list and have fun! You can click and drag the brush to create a brush effect or click once on your page for more of a fun stamp effect.
Tip: You can use this new brush as an eraser too. Once it is saved as a brush it will also be saved as an eraser.