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Process: Photoshop Brush Creation Pt. 1

(This is intended to be an ongoing series of posts.)

Apparently it's been a bit longer since I've posted than I thought. Time to remedy that, with something substantial.

Rather than posting a finished creation, I'm going to share some insight to my process this time around.

I don't think that most people truly take advantage of (let alone explore) the powerful tool that is custom brush creation in Photoshop. Actually creating your own, from scratch, rather than scavenging online, hoping to run across a hidden gem in a brush pack uploaded to the internet. If you've used custom brushes to any extent at all, don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about-- we all go through that phase at some point. Like Alchemy, Harmony, and such, brushes are another tool to be used in the creation process. A good brush set can not only enable you to create detailed speedpaintings, but can set a solid starting foundation for full blown finished pieces.

These 2 are quick sketch images (maybe 30 seconds each) that I rendered up in Harmony, which I thought would make for interesting core components to pull Photoshop brushes from:

The following are brush tests, mostly utilizing a dual-brush technique. All images are substantially larger if you click on them.

None of these took more than a handful of seconds. No erasing/tweaking/etc. Just a brush stroke or 3 per piece, give or take. Don't let that make you think that the images are taking the piss-- while these starter images can be rendered out quickly, the brush creation for a good brush in itself can take the better part of an hour, with the more complex brushes being the results of tens of hours of work. For each of these, there were probably a dozen or more that I didn't care for-- while that may sound like a lot, keep in mind that's probably still no more than a minute or two of time invested in each image. These aren't intended to be finished images. Rather, as stated above, they're intended as starter images. How I make use of them entirely depends on what I see in them, what I might need them for, etc.

Some people ask whether I share my brushes... that's a complicated question. Generally, if I do, it's only with a small handful of people. I'm that there are some people who know how to pull the base brushes out of the core images at the top, and am aware of that before posting this-- just keep in mind, most of the dual-brushes are combined with other brushes which are not imaged at the top. However, I'm going to do a tutorial on making brushes from scratch on Tuesday... and I'm going to make whatever brushes I make for that available to the public (don't ask me what they'll be, I won't know that until Tuesday rolls around *grin*).

Hope you enjoy, and that you've found the post worthwhile in some capacity.

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Dec. 6th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I particularly like the last one.
Dec. 6th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Whoever posted this (I suspect I know who, and they just forgot to sign in)-- Thank you, and I'm glad you found something you like in it.
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