How to Create Custom Brushes

Posted on 2011/11/29 at 19:05 by daarken 6 Comments

Creating custom brushes in Photoshop is easy and sometimes necessary in order to keep up with your freelance schedule. That being said, it is also important to realize that the brush does not make the artist and custom brushes are not required in order to make you a professional artist. Most of Daarken’s paintings are created with the Photoshop round brush or the Photoshop chalk brush. There are times when time needs to be saved when painting certain objects like chain mail or chains.

In this tutorial Daarken will show you how to create your own custom brushes, save and customize them. Have fun creating your own custom brushes!

You can download the brush from the tutorial here.

6 Comments on "How to Create Custom Brushes"

  1. machariel · 2011/11/30 at 02:19 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, thanks for this site. Its always interesting, for me at least, to see how people go about painting or drawing. Its great that you’re open about it all.

    Can’t remember if it was before or after seeing your chainmail brush, but I had a go at making my own, went a different route with it. I sat down and made a section of chainmail ie. a few interlinked circles. Comes out a lot looser, almost more like ringmail, than yours. Probably needs a bit more work afterwards to get it look right as well though.

  2. jonas · 2011/11/30 at 12:31 · Reply

    What a great timing.
    I’ve been thinking of setting up my own brushset for a while and tonight I started it. And as a kind of magic here were your tutorial!! Thanks!!!!!! :D

  3. Telohs · 2011/12/01 at 12:45 · Reply

    Hi Daarken, thanks for the tutorial, as always really good subject and a great presentation. Been drooling over your custom brushes for a while now, feel I’ve learnt a thing or two. So here is some brushes I’ve made, I try not to use custom brushes too much, heard many places that you should learn to draw with the standard round brush first then move on to more advanced brushes… Do you have an opinion on this?

    Anyways, here is the brushes I’ve made, check out if you want :) http://filesmelt.com/dl/Olav.abr

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/01 at 12:58 · Reply

      Yeah, I agree that you should learn to paint with the round brush. Honestly most of my work is done with the round or chalk brush, which are just Photoshop defaults. I mainly use custom brushes to save time since at any one time I’m usually working on at least 15 paintings. You gotta learn the hard way before learning the easy way right? :)

  4. draclev · 2012/08/12 at 15:13 · Reply

    Though it might have turned out a bit too pointy for clouds, that looks like it might be great for getting areas of leaf litter laid in.

    I love using custom brushes to lay down a rough ‘base’ for my painting, before doing the bulk of the work with the old hard round. The random element to them really helps me keep the start nice and energetic.

    Another method I’ve seen (and use) is going out and taking photos of random things (ranging from clouds to cow pats), then desaturating them and using levels to find some weird textures, which can be cut out, edited, and made into brushes. Often the brushes created can be used for totally different things than their source.

  5. Mary-jane · 2015/05/06 at 09:06 · Reply

    Thanks I will find this very useful for patterns. I am assuming you can take a photograph of a button for instance and create a brush of it like this of a button.

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