Free Video: Customizing Brushes in Photoshop

There’s an old saying that a craftsman is only as good as his tools, and it applies to artists and designers too. Of course, nowadays many of our tools are digital, so you have the ability to customize your tools exactly to your liking. And in a new course by course by John Derry, Customizing Brushes in Photoshop, you can learn how to create the perfect tools for crafting digital artwork. video course Customizing Brushes in Photoshop

Here’s the official description:

Photoshop ships with lots of great brushes, but it’s way more fun and interesting to create and customize your own. In this course, John Derry shows you how to get a whole new range of artistic options for your work with Photoshop’s brush-making features.

John begins by going over some important brush tips that many artists are unaware of: bristle, erodible, and airbrush tips. He talks about how to customize the brushes and use them to mimic natural bristle brushes, chalk, and spray paint. He also addresses some global issues such as paint flow and spacing, which can have a dramatic impact on any brush you create.

From there he jumps into some more advanced techniques, such as blending colors, loading brushes with multiple colors, and using Brush Projection. Use these tips together to extend the toolset and maximize your creative freedom in Photoshop.

Topics include:

  • What brush do you want to create?
  • Designing brush tips
  • Painting with bristle tips and erodible tips
  • Simulating spray paint with airbrush tips
  • Saving brush presets
  • Blending color
  • Enhancing fidelity with dual brushes

In the free movie below, John shows how to take an organized approach to figuring out exactly what kind of brush you need for a specific job. Check it out!

Customizing Brushes in Photoshop

What brush do you want to create?


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The illusion of continuous strokes

Designing a captured brush tip

Replicating chalk with erodible tips

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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