Jan
12

Create custom brushes in Photoshop Elements

by
Matt Bennett

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to convert your captures into custom Photoshop brushes that are ideal for creative editing or unique artwork prints.

Create custom brushes in Photoshop Elements
Before
After
After

Step 1 – Create a base

Create a base
Create a base

Begin by opening a new blank document (File> New> Blank file). Create a large brush so that it can be applied to larger files in the future – you can always reduce its size later. Select a Width of 2500 pixels and a Height of 2500 pixels, with a resolution of 300ppi. Set Grayscale for the Colour Mode and use a white background.

Step 2 – Add a filter effect

Add a filter effect
Add a filter effect

Open your photo in Elements and use the Quick Selection tool to make a selection of the camera. Create a cutout layer of the selection with Layer> New> Layer via copy. You can now add a filter effect to the layer, like glowing edges (Filter> Stylize> Glowing Edges) to create a more interesting brush stamp.

Step 3 – The brush

The brush
The brush

Drag the camera cutout layer over the blank document you made in step one. It automatically converts to grayscale. Using the anchor points around the new selection, hold the Shift key and drag the corner edges out so the camera fills the document. Now create the brush via Edit> Define Brush, then rename the brush and click OK.

Step 4 – Making a print

Making a print

Making a print

Once you have made your brush you can create another new blank A4 document with RGB colour mode. Select the Brush tool from the Tools menu and select your retro camera brush from the options. Adjust the brush size and opacity. Now select a colour and begin stamping down on the page, changing the colour as you go.

 

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