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Chapter 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawin... > Creating Customized Brush Tips

Creating Customized Brush Tips

Photoshop's painting engine gives you many choices for brush tips. Any good designer will tell you that no matter how many brush tips you have, you'll always want more. For example, you're working on a 100-year-old photograph, and you need a specific brush to add hair details to the blown-out areas of the image. It's a special type of brush that literally creates the illusion of wavy hair. Photoshop, in an effort to help keep you organized, gives you the ability to create your very own customized brush tips, and then save them later in organized sets.

Create a New Brush Tip

Open an image, scan an item, or select any of Photoshop's painting tools and create a shape for a new brush tip.

IMPORTANT Since the color of a brush is determined when the brush tip is selected, create the brush tip using black or in shades of gray.

Select the brush tip using any of Photoshop's selection tools.

IMPORTANT Photoshop picks up any pixel information in the underlying layers, even white. If you want the brush to have a transparent background, make sure the areas surrounding the image show as transparent.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Define Brush Preset.

Enter a name for the new brush preset.

Click OK.


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