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Create a Smoke Brush in Photoshop

Tutorials Basics 12759 Views May 16th, 2013

In this quick tutorial for beginners I will explain what is a Photoshop brush and how can we create a Photoshop brush using a smoke image. You will see that you can create brushes from everything, including photos, vector shapes, other brushes and so on. You can check out one of my previous tutorials to learn how to create a custom made dotted brush using the default round brush.

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Hi, hope you are ready for a brand new Photoshop basic tutorial. This tutorials is only for beginners, so if you are a newbie I will show you how to create your own Photoshop brushes.

You all know there are thousands of brushes already made by other people but it is always good to know how to create one yourself. First I will tell you a little bit on how the Photoshop brush works. I will not make a brush from the scratch, I will use an image instead to create a simple smoke brush.

Let's start!

What Is A Photoshop Brush?

A brush is actually very similar to the real life tool brush that we paint with. In Photoshop a brush is an black image with different opacity variations that can be used for different tools. The most commonly ascociated with "brushes" is the Brush Tool, but a brush once loaded appears in the Brush Presets List of many other Photoshop Tools like the Eraser Tool, the Burn/Dodge Tools, the Stamp Tool and so on. The idea is to be able to draw, erase, clone using that image(brush) as some kind of a mask.

Every Photoshop version has a default set of brushes but it also gives you the oportunity to load new ones created by other people or to make your own brushes, to save and use them.

Photoshop Brush Secret

I like to experiment rather than read tutorials so I have discovered the secret of making brushes on my own rather quickly. Actually my first Photoshop brush set, Floral Brushes , started as an experiment on how to create brushes. I started with a white background layer. I drew a simple flower shape, color #ff8a00, opacity 100% and saved the brush. Then I wanted to use the Brush, with the same orange color and the same opacity 100% and realized that my brush was not identical with the original image! Why is that, I wondered??!?

I repeted the experiment this time changing the color of the initial flower in black. Using the brush with the same settings as before (color #ff8a00, opacity 100%) I obtained an orange shape with 100% opacity. A little confused at first, and maybe a little I still am.

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