Creating the Brushes Adobe Photoshop

The following steps show you how to make a couple of custom dirt brushes.

  1. Create a 200×200 blank white canvas by going to File > New in the menu bar.
  2. Click the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette to form a new transparent layer.
  3. Using black, create a smudgy, dirty blob like the one I have created in
  4. Use whatever brushes work for you to create a similar blob.

    whatever brushes work for you to create a similar blob

    Don’t worry about going to the edges; you clean this up later. Since this is going to be a brush, it needs to have an organic shape. Any part that goes to the edges will end up giving a tiled, hard edge look. You may not even notice or see the edge, but even a 10-percent opacity shows up when you try to use your brush.

  5. Use the Lasso tool to cut away at the edges, making sure not to have any minute smudges going to the edge.
  6. Use the lasso to ensure that you have no stray pixels outside of the brush.

    lasso to ensure that you have no stray pixels outside of the brush

  7. After cutting away to clean edges, soften the edges by running an eraser over the edges at 40 percent opacity.
  8. Select the entire layer by way of one of these methods:
    • Marquee tool
    • Option+a(Win:Alt+a) shortcut
  9. Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. A dialog box asks you to name your brush.
  10. Give your brush a descriptive name. Since I think this looks like a mouse hiding in grass, I call this dirt brush garden Mouse.
  11. Give the brush a name that helps you remember it—preferably a name that others understand.

    brush name

    The brush is now saved to the brush presets, and by default is all the way at the bottom.

    You can see your new brush is already available in the Brush Tip palette.

    new brush is already available in the Brush Tip palettenew brush is already available in the Brush Tip palette

  12. Hide the layer you created your first brush map on and create a new transparent layer.
  13. Do the same steps you just did and make another dirt brush.This time, give it a distinct irregular shape. Again, give it a descriptive name. My friend Brian is highly irregular, so I named this brush after him.
  14. Since you don’t know Brian, I suggest using another name that makes sense to you.

    another name that makes sense to you.

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