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How to Make Your Own Dry Media Brush in Photoshop

How to Make Your Own Dry Media Brush in Photoshop

Photoshop Custom Brushes

Photoshop brushes can be the most useful tool you can use as an illustator. But sometimes, finding the perfect brush for your specific drawing can be a challenge. Thankfully, in Photoshop, you have the ability to transform any of the default brushes to the exact one you need. Today, I will show you how you can make your own digital dry media brush in Photoshop using nothing but the default brushes, textures, and the Brush Settings panel.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and make a new file at any size you want. In this case, I will set mine at 1800 x 1200 px.

Step 2

Select the Brush Tool (B) and go to Window > Brushes. Click on the top right menu icon and from the dropdown menu select "Legacy Brushes".

Step 3

Open the Legacy Brushes > Default Brushes and select the "Spatter 59 pixels" brush.

Step 4

Go to Window > Brush Settings. In the Brush Tip Shape panel, set the Angle to -50º and the Spacing to 1%.

Step 5

Click on "Shape Dynamics". If you have a Stylus Pen, under "Control" select "Pen Pressure" set the Minimum to 0% and then check the "Brush Projection" option.

Step 6

Enable the "Texture" option and click on the texture thumbnail. From the dropdown menu expand the Grass folder and select the "Grass" texture.

Step 7

Still in the Texture panel, apply the following settings.

Step 8

Check the Transfer option. Under "Control" select "Pen Pressure" and set the Minimum to 80%.

Step 9

Next, check the Noise, Smoothing and Protect Texture options.

Step 10

Now simply click on the "Create New Brush" icon. Give your new brush a name, check the following options and click OK.

Step 11

To test the recently created brush, select the Brush Tool (B) and set any Foreground color you want to use.

Step 12

From the Brush Panel, pick your new brush and just start painting as you normally do in Photoshop.

A Final Tip

Now that you know how you can make your own Photoshop brushes based on the existing ones, you can change a few settings in the Brush Settings panel (specially the texture values) and create an unlimited number of brushes for you to use on your drawings.


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