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Photoshop Brushes

Using Brushes and Shapes to create Artwork in PhotoshopSlide2


The Brush and Shape Tools

Begin Exercise - Creating the Document

Working with the Brush Tool

Free Transform Tool

Using the Brush Panel for editing properties of Brushes

Shapes & Custom Shapes in PhotoshopSlide3

The Brush Tool

The basic painting tool (Yes, think Microsoft Paint)

Selecting this tool allows the designer to begin to draw/paint lines on a layer

Very often the first tool designers find to ‘doodle’ with

Can set different options to change thickness, opacity, flow and even blending modes

The Brush Tool in Photoshop has come a long way:

Can create/define your own brushes

Download Brush Libraries from the InternetUse Drawing tablets where Photoshop will recognize the pressure being used as the designer paints.

Please review the following URL from


for a more in-depth look at the Brush Tool and its capabilities:

The Shape Tool

Default displayed is the Rectangle Tool; however, numerous shapes options from the click + hold including:

Rounded Rectangle




Custom ShapeShapes also have three formats that they can be drawn in – these are selected from the property panel:Pixel Shapes

Shape ShapesPath ShapesSlide5

The Shape Tool

Continuing on the different drawing modes:


Also known as the ‘vector’ layer. This is the same as if we were working in Adobe Illustrator


Outline drawn, does not fill with color and are independent of everything in PS.


A solid filled area of pixels from our Shape Drawing Tool. Cannot be scaled or resizedIf really working with Shapes and drawing them, think in terms of the Shape drawing mode. Provides the most flexibility in PhotoshopYes, adds more layers but allows for more control over each shape.For More Info:

Using Brushes & Shapes

Practicing the Brush Tool & Shape ToolSlide7

Creating a New Document

Open Photoshop and

File > New


Create a new document with the dimensions in the image



Brushes & Shapes

In the Layers Panel, Create a New Layer and name it ‘Tree’

(fig. 1)

Double-Click the

Foreground Color Picker

Tool to select a tree trunk color

(fig. 2)Click OK

Fig. 1Fig. 2Slide9

Brush Tool & Brush Panel

Navigate to the Toolbox and select the Brush Tool (B).

(fig. 1)

For additional controls and options – Open the Brush Panel

F5 on the keyboard or,

Under the Window drop-down menu on the main menu bar, select the Brush panel there

(fig. 2)

Fig. 1Fig. 2Slide10

Brush Panel

Brush Tip Shapes:

Options that will alter how

the brush looks when painting

Preview Window


Shows edited results

prior to painting.

Brush Shape Options:

Pre-created brushes for use


y selecting them from the library

Brush Drawing Options:

Options for pre-created brushes

that alter how the brush draws.

Great for quick edits to a brush when

using it once or twice

Additional Options:

Includes options for saving/exporting

brush sets, importing brush libraries,

etc. Slide11

Brush Tool & Brush Panel

From the Brush Panel, Select the Grass Brush Tip

This will be used to make the tree.

In the Brush Panel, alter the size of the brush via the Size Slider (try 200 pixels (



Draw the Tree Trunk by clicking once on the canvasSide Note:

Also try holding down and dragging to notice the difference in the brush (Edit > Undo when done)Slide12

Free Transform Tool

For the size of our document – the previous trunk was drawn to small. Three options:


Edit > Undo

till we delete the drawing

Delete the layer in the Layers Panel and remake it

Free Transform the Object on the Layer

Only one object/item can be on a layer for this to work:Keep the Tree Layer HighlightedPress CTRL + T on the keyboard, then notice the box around the tree trunk.This is called a Bounding Box that has clickable boxes around the edges to resize/edit the item.Slide13

Free Transform Tool

If the object needs to be resized to be larger or smaller, click and hold on one of the corner boxes on the bounding box.

While doing this, also hold in this


key, it will constrain the aspect ratio of the object

Aka – it won’t squish or smoosh the item.

Once the tree trunk is resized – click the ‘commit transform’ checkmark in the control area above the canvasSlide14

Brush & Brush Panel

Now to add leaves to the tree

Create a new layer called ‘leaves’

For the leaves, choose a new foreground and background color.

When needed, using the small double arrow above the foreground and background colors to switch between them. Slide15

Brush & Brush Panel

In the brush panel, select a leaf brush

This example uses number 74, the maple leaf

Select the leaf then place your cursor over the canvas and note the size of the brush head

Little large for this example so using the panels it will be made smaller.

Resizing a brush can occur in two places:

The Control panel at the top of the workspace and,The Brush PanelSlide16

Resizing a Brush

On the Control Panel at the top, click to open a drop down menu and you can see the sliders and brush options

On the Brush Panel, the size slider is located underneath the Brush Tip Shapes

Both areas do the same thing – It is personal preference which one is used most frequently.

Note – You will see me using the control panel drop down menu more

Choose a size you like best for your leaves and begin to pain them onto the tree.Slide17

Practice Break – 10 minutes

For this practice you will add more leaves to the tree:

Create another layer for the new leaves

Change the color of the leaves

Set the size and spacing of the leaves in the Brush Panel

Draw the second set of leaves

I will be watching and checking for questionsSlide18

Brush & Brush Panel

Next to add some grass

Practicing with the brush panel and options opens up many different formats and looks to brushes.

For this example – I’m using the 112 grass brush.

Notice in the screen shot the options selected for the grass


45% Scatter, 2 CountWet Edges

You are encouraged to try your own!Slide19

Brush & Brush Panel

Then you can see the results – The grass should look something like the following:Slide20

Shapes & Custom Shapes

Now to add some shapes to the picture

Click and hold the shape tool to access the Custom Shape Tool

To add more shape options to the drop down window, select the cog in the upper right and choose all


Photoshop will ask to replace or append. Replace will remove all previous items from the list, append will add the new shapes to the list

Choose to append the listSlide21

Shapes & Custom Shapes

Click on the drop-down arrow next to the Shapes and locate the bird shape.

Make sure to set the drawing mode to Vector and to select a color for the Foreground Color.

Go back to the canvas, Click and drag to create a bird shape.Slide22


See what type of drawings you can come up with!

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Using Brushes and Shapes to create Artwork in Photoshop Overview The Brush and Shape Tools Begin Exercise Creating the Document Working with the Brush Tool Free Transform Tool Using the Brush Panel for editing properties of Brushes ID: 529523 Download Presentation

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