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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Creating a Custom Brush

If none of the preset brushes offer what you need, Photoshop allows you to create new brushes. Any image may be used to create a customized brush tip. Once you have created a brush, it is saved as a preset for use in the future.

return to topCreating a Custom Brush

If none of the preset brush tips available in the Brushes palette are appropriate for your brush stroke, you can create your own brush tip from an image or other graphical element (e.g., text). Photoshop allows you to save this brush in the Brush Presets section, so that you will not need to create the brush style from scratch each time you use it.

Creating a Custom Brush: Edit Menu Option

  1. Select the object or image you wish to make into a brush tip

  2. From the Edit menu, select Define Brush Preset...
    The Brush Name dialog box appears.
    Brush Name dialog box

  3. In the Name text box, enter a name for your brush

  4. Click OK
    The brush appears in the Brush Presets and Brush Tip Shape menus.

Creating a Custom Brush: Brushes Menu Option

  1. If it is not already visible, display the Brushes palette

  2. To access the Brushes menu, click MENUMenu button
    The Brushes menu appears.

  3. From the Brushes menu, select New Brush Preset...
    The Brush Name dialog box appears.
    Brush Name dialog box

  4. In the Name text box, enter a name for your brush

  5. Click OK
    The brush style is appears in the Brush Presets section.

return to topDeleting a Brush

If there are many preset brush styles that you do not use, you may want to delete some of them to make finding other brush styles easier.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Brush ToolBrush Tool

  2. If it is not already visible, display the Brushes palette

  3. From the Brush Presets section, right click the brush preset you wish to delete » select Delete Brush
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  4. Click OK
    The brush is deleted from the Brush Preset menu.

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