TheSaint Tutorials Number 2 - Making Custom Brushes. 37 replies

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SnuFFeh

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#1 14 years ago

My second tutorial now, made by request from a few members. This short piece shows you how to make custom brushes for use on artwork. People often overlook simple brushes, but when used correctly and in the right places, they can produce very professional results. An example: gfsquallsigfinal.jpg This you lot may recognize as the piece I entered into the competition that is running currently. This is probably the best example of custom brushes i have. Here is the same signature, with the text, and the picture of squall removed: example.jpg The bits outlined in red, are custom brushes, which have added detail to the signature overall. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Tech" Brushes. Tech is the term used to refer to more "futuristic" aspects of graphics. (I'll be making a tutorial on "Tech" signatures, as soon as i have the time.) Some examples: example2.jpg This is one I made, simply by using the pencil tool set to 2px, and drawing random shapes, but fitting in together, to look neat and tidy. How to make them. 1. Start off by opening a 150x150 Transparent document. 2. Hit "D" on your keyboard, so your foreground is reset to black, and the background, to white. 3. Grab the Pencil tool, and choose to either work with 1px or 2px wide. (I would reccomend 2px, 1px seems too thin) This is what I came up with : example3.jpg I simply used the pencil tool, set at 2px. Anyway, to save your brush for future use, follow the next section: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Saving your Brushes. 1. Once you have your brush complete, go to "Edit > Define Brush". example4.jpg NOTE: The layer the brush is on *MUST* be transparent, no other layers should be there, just the single transparent one, with the brush on. 2. Name your brush anything you want, in my case i'll call it "Tech Line Brush". Hit ok. 3. Not quite done yet, as the brush isnt actually saved. To do this, bring down the drop down box at the top of the screen. (Make sure the brush you made is selected). Hit the little arrow in the top right hand corner, and in the list, choose "Save Brushes" example5.jpg ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All Done! All is necessary now is to load up your brush, scroll to the bottom of the list, and it will be there, ready to be used. Here is a very old sig, which I just spruced up a little, using the brush i just made: sonicsig.jpg Not much difference, but hey, it helps! smilie.gif ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grunge Brushes. These are used to give your work, a dirty and rough feel, unfortunately, I cannot create a walkthrough on how to make them. Grunge brushes are made from literally anything, and I mean anything. A scribble on a page, could be saved as a grunge brush, and produce some nice work. Here is an example of a grunge brush I use alot: example6.jpg If used with a mixture of shades of color, and other brushes, you can achieve some cool results. The "Sonic" signature up there ^ has a grunge background, also does this, which I made for a member of these forums: that1oldmansig.jpg --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, in short, once you have a mess on your page, save it using the same method we did for your tech brush, and you have a "grunge" brushsmilie.gif Anyway, I hope this benefits the people who asked for it, and anyone else who decides to have a glance:lol: TheSaint




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#2 14 years ago

cool dude, luv it. Keep them coming.

I know im gonna be making some weird looking brushs




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#3 14 years ago

I'll consider making a "Tech" tutorial tomorrow, Kerian was talking about one. :p Anyway, I hope the admins/mods dont mind me posting these, just good fun IMO :) Forgot to add, post your results!




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#4 14 years ago

A tech one would be cool and im sure they dont mind. The more u make the better the reason for a sub forum ;)




Darknight

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#5 14 years ago

Wow that seems easier than i thought it would nice tut again




Phantom Phreak

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#6 14 years ago

if any admin read this can they please make a sigging forum?

BTW nice tut




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#7 14 years ago

They are considering it.

Photoshop really is an easy program to learn. It simply feels like a daunting task to create something because there is so much you can do.

TheSaint, good tutorials. :)




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#8 14 years ago

Thanks Ensign :)

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#9 14 years ago

Yes, QWERTYFUZZ(at)Hotmail.com...




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#10 14 years ago

Thanks, im also curious as to what the text in your signature says? :p