Before, we talked about how to create a Brush or Digital Stamp from a picture. Now, we are going to see how to create a brush if you already have an image with transparent background and how to create a separate folder for it.

  1. Open the image. Make sure that your image in no bigger than 999 by 999 pixels. To check the size, go to Image, Image Size. There you can change the size if it’s too big; you don’t want to make a huge brush anyway.
  2. Click on the Brush icon in your toolbox. From the Brush Menu Bar, click on the arrow next to the numbers that indicate the size of the brush. You are going to see a drop-down menu. Then click on the arrow at the top of this menu; another drop down menu becomes available with important options like: Reset, Load, Save and Replace Brushes. From that, choose Replace Brushes. That is going to take you to the Brushes Preset window. Here you can click on any of the brushes files and click on Load.
  3. Press the Alt key.  While you press the Alt key, move the mouse over the names of the brushes. You’ll notice that the pointer changed to litttle scissors. Keep pressing the Alt key and click on top of the brush,  that is going to delete that brush. Do the same with all the brushes, until you don’t have any. Not to worry, you are not going to lose those brushes because we are going to save using another name.
  4. Now, go back to the picture that you want to convert into a brush, and click on it.
  5. Go to Edit, Define Brush Preset. A new window will open so you can give a name to this brush. Click OK. (If you see the Define Brush Preset gray and you can’t click on it, the picture is too big; resize it and try again.)
  6. To check your job, go again to the Brush Menu Bar and click on the arrow next to the numbers that indicate the size of the brush. You are going to see the single brush there.
  7. Click on the arrow at the top of the fly out menu and click on Save Brushes. The Save box is going to appear and now you can give it a name that is easy for you to identify, ex: flower brushes, spatter brushes, etc. Click on Save.
  8. There you go. Now you know how to create and organize your brushes.
  9. If you want to see the default Photoshop brushes, choose Reset Brushes and OK.

Warning: Creating brushes can be addictive. I just can’t recover……

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