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Brush Techniques Tutorial by redheadstock Brush Techniques Tutorial by redheadstock
So, you’ve learned the basics of how to use Photoshop brushes. What now?

There’s a whole lot of options for those brushes, actually! You can use Photoshop’s brush options to change the orientation, shape, spacing, scattering, angle, etc of how those brushes are applied. This tutorial will show you a few of those options, as well as some examples of how they can be used to create patterns, how to "stitch" your name or a shape, etc.

This tutorial is suitable for any Photoshop user, from beginner to advanced. However, a more advanced user will understand all of the different brush options much more clearly. A beginner can still follow along, though. If you have trouble understanding my explanations of the different options, try them out for yourself and see what they do. Or, stick to the steps that I specifically tell you to do, and you’ll see some changes in the brushes yourself!

To download the sample brush set that I use in this tutorial, if you'd like to follow along, you can find it here: [link]

If you'd rather view this tutorial online, you can do so here: [link]
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bluemooze Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   Digital Artist
This is great. Thanks
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cruzerbLade1029 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the helpful tutorial :D
Used that single stitch (and of course 'how to stitch' XD) both here: fav.me/d77og1n fav.me/d77oef2
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sugarnspike613 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's tutorials like this that really make me realize how much more powerful Photoshop is that PaintShop Pro...
I'm considering switching just because of brushes!
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kariinoc Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I lovea lovea lovea you for making all your wonderful tutorials. You have no idea how much I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making your tutorials available to all of us. I am collecting each of them, you have taught me sooo much. THANK YOU!!!
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FantasyYume Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Thanks for the tutorial!
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FrauWolfen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Very useful textbook :O :clap:
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AniCgi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm, can i make a glow into my brushes with photoshop elements 7.0 ... i can't see to find a filter or effect :'(
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SparkyTheBasset Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Good tutorial. But i cant Follow it. I Have photoshop cs4!!!!! do your Brushes Work on cs4? and can you tell me How to find your brushes on cs4 pleaseeee
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elKlej Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
great : ) it helped me alot : )
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TROXDFOX Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
love your work bro tnx so much helps a lot
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jessSMU2011 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student Artist
OMG!! Thank you so much for this!! I just got photoshop for the first time and was complete lost on how everything worked. This was a HUGE help.
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mestizaissy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
OMG that stitch brush..I LOVE IT!! your amazing :#1: LOVE ALL YOUR BRUSHES..LOVE YOUR TUTS..VERY VERY COOL :glomp:
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konekobru Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
very useful, thanx!! =)
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rhuth79 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
thank you so much....
this is really a great help....
for beginner like me....
keep up the good works!!!!
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March94 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thank you behind it instruction - I searched her exactly. I will reward for usefulness :+fav: :) I have your brushes all almost ^_^
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Hanabiiro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi there~ i would like to ask if i dun hv a graphic tablet, can i still make the same style of brush as like step 4? thx a lots! ur tutorial is amazing and reli helpful to me~! ^^ :love: :love:
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yep! Just don't set it to pen angle or pressure, and it'll randomize it basically. :)
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Hanabiiro Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ic~ thk u! it helps a lots~ =D :hug:
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thereseldavis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I think I just learned more about photoshop in the last five minutes while reading this than I have in a year on my own! :heart: Thanks for being so wonderfully informative and giving with that knowledge!
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's how I learned Photoshop, too! Each tutorial I did, I learned something new about PS. So glad that I could pass it on to you, too :)
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thereseldavis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp: Thanks for being so generous with the knowledge!
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xesthetic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007   Digital Artist
very nifty tut! i love it!<3
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Hope it comes in handy :)
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Arallion Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Oh... wow, I am really going to use this. Great stuff! Thank you for providing such a clean and user-friendly tutorial! :+fav:
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! Hope it helps :)
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Syeki Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
I have a question. ^^;

Say, you've created a brush using the 'Define Brush...' option. Let's say it's a star. If I try to use this new brush I've created, it will create a lot of stars, overlapping one another. Is there anyway I can make it so that instead of overlapping, it's just.. sort of dragging the star brush instead? O.o Am I being confusing? Like, in real life, if you have a star shaped brush, and you paint with it, it just drags the star shape along instead of making copies of stars over and over again.
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I THINK what you're asking is how to space out the stars so that they're next to each other instead of overlapping? Kind of like * * * * * * instead of just scattering them all over or overlapping into one big dragged out star. If that's what you mean, then what you'll want to do is click on the "brushes" tab in the upper right area of the Photoshop screen. (There's a function key that opens it, but not sure what right now, sorry) Then click on Brush Properties, I think it's called... and down near the bottom, there'll be a slider for spacing. Drag that to the right. It'll show you a preview of what you're doing, so you can see there what it'll look like.

If that's NOT what you mean, I'm sorry, I must've misunderstood! Try me again and maybe I'll get it right next time :) If it IS what you meant... yay! Hope this helps.
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Syeki Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Haha, no, that's not what I meant. ^^; Okay, an example woould be.. you know the default brushes in Photoshop? Pick one that seems sort of fuzzy and scartcy and paint a long line with it. You should get a long streak with sort of a 'strand' effect. Now, if you take that brush, and click it once on a new canvas, and use that image to 'Define Brush', and you use that new brush to paint a streak, the effect is different. Instead of strands, you get... er, smudgy stuff. :XD: It's like in real life, a brush has a lot of bristles, and when you use it to paint, you get a long streak, each bristle creating one line. But the new brush will instead, repeat it again and again so the effct is different. So say I use this brush --> * and I get ***** (except really closely packed together) when what I really want will look something like.. a single black line with rough edges.
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ahh. Yeah, I do remember what you're talking about happening to me once or twice when I tried to make a round brush once. I would say... open up their brush and look at ALL of their settings in that brush tab. They may have done something special to it, but it should show up under those settings. You should be able to duplicate it if you copy them all exactly. Those settings are the only way that I know of that Photoshop can alter its brushes, unless there's something ingrained within the program (which may be). If there's no settings on them, then I'm just not sure, sorry :(

Also, sorry for the misunderstanding earlier! :) But good luck with it!
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Syeki Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
It's ok. ^^ I've already found out how to fix it. It's the spacing tab. Thx anyway~!!
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ahh, good :)
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missimoinsane Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok so i downloaded the fairies... and now i havent get a clue how to make it work ive spent 5 hours reading over and over this tutorial. however i have come to the conclusion im am retarded.

help!

so, ive dl the faries (pixies). then ive put the brushes into brushes on photoshop file brushes.

then i got completely lost, tried to follow your tutorial and got completely confused and now i have no idea how to make the fairy brush work. assuming it is a brush and not a stamp and if its a stamp then im completly insane and its driving me mad.

its not you it me, please please please help me.

Imogen
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
This tutorial is an advanced brush techniques tutorial. It's not really meant for beginners, and it won't show you the basics on how to use brushes. It explains the more advanced stuff, once you're already familiar with all that.

If you're looking to find out how to use brushes, check this tutorial on my website here: [link] (it's here at devArt too, but linking to my website is easier than looking it up!)

I'm sorry for the confusion, and hope this helps!
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missimoinsane Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx babe but :blakkraign: showed me how, ps. he has a fetish obsession for redheads. your rather pretty not just talented x x
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol, glad to know that you figured it out :) Once you get a bit more comfy with brushes, come back and try this tutorial then! It can really help to understand all the stuff brushes can do. And thanks for the compliment! :blush:
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EssenceofCrayon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Praise your tutorials.

For I will still be a newbie without them.

<3

=D
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol, glad you enjoyed em! :)
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bareeka Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
this is great wark
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bareeka Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
this is great wark
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PhotoshopGurl Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
I love this!!!
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artyarta Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
This helped soooo much, especially the stitching one, thankyou!
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theBlondeBoss Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
Great tut!!
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nakedvanilla Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007   Digital Artist
This one is great. Thanks for making it!
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Orednok Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
whoa, this is just what i need, thanks :boogie:
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mayorkatsuragi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Thank you very much!! I'm a beginner hehe ^^
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Rumple Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow..this is awesome...
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CrinaPrida Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
I wasn't a brush freak, but you made me addicted - I know I said it before, but here you go - you rock - your brushes/tutorials are very amazing/helpful - big thanks, dear! ;)
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fairyfreakster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
:hug: Just what I've been looking for ;-)
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Fire-Soul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Cool, this is very helpful!
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amyn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
great tutorial! i'm sure everyone who doesn't know this techniques is very thankfull right now.... congrats!!!
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