Hello. I am here to talk about how to download brushes for Photoshop and how to create brushes on Photoshop.
Downloading brushes for Photoshop
There are many types of brush presets already in Photoshop, once you launch it for the first time. They range from the Round Brush tool to the famous Scattered Maple Leaves brush. But there comes a time when you want to expand your horizon and try new brushes for the Photoshop Program. But there are a range of questions asked frequently such as
- Where can you find these types of free brushes
- How do you download brushes from the internet
- How do you install them into Photoshop?
Where you can go to download free Photoshop Brushes
There are many resources to help you download Photoshop Brushes
- You can download brushes free here on dA. Many deviants provide you with an abundance of brushes to help you try new techniques.
How do you download brushes from the internet?
- For deviantArt, find the download section on your right and click the download button.
- For many other sites, click on the preview thumbnail on the brushes, and on the (right next to the picture), you should find the download button.
- MAKE SURE THE PHOTOSHOP BRUSH FILE IS ON .ABR
How do you install the brushes to your Photoshop?
Open your Photoshop and look at your tool bar and go the the brush tool. Once you open that section click the gear and then you'll see multiple options. Scroll down and find the Load Brushes option. Go to either downloads or wherever you save brushes and click you brush and click load. Then your brush should be added to your brush presets.
REMEMBER .ARB FILE OTHERWISE IT WILL NOT LOAD.
You can adjust these brushes anyway you like such as the round brush tools. However this varies on whatever Photoshop use.
I actually found to different methods towards creating brushes; however, one you can save and the other way you cannot.
Creating a brush using the Define Brush Preset
This is an easy method actually but not many people could figure it out.
- Open a white or transparent canvas. (I would suggest opening a white canvas that way you can see what you're drawing easier in case you're adjusting the brush)
- Create another layer (very important)
- Draw whatever you want to create a brush of. EX: 3 Dots
- Go to Edit
- Scroll down until you see the Define Brush Preset Option
- Then a brush name setting should appear and click ok to save the brush
- Your drawing should then appear as a brush at the bottom right corner
- You can customize your brushes anyway.
Using the Mixer Brush Tool
This is the method where you cannot save the brush
- Go to the Tool Section and click the tiny triangle that's next to the brush tool and then you'll see an option called Mixer Brush.
- Click the Mixer Brush Option
- : The mixer brush is a tool to help you blend your strokes
- There are multiple options towards using this brush though. The mixer brush is a brush where it can be used like a watercolor or acrylic paint brush where you can either have a heavy load of paint or a low amount of paint. When using this brush you can also change it to being either dry, moist or wet.
- Let's make a brush using a pink sphere. REMEMBER, MAKE ANOTHER LAYER BEFORE YOU CREATE A BRUSH TO USE.
- Make your mixer brush hover over your painted layer. Make sure your brush size fits the painted layer
- Hold the Alt button and then click.
- At the top horizontal tool bar, you should see your painted layer inside the brush preview. Make sure you're on heavy load for moist, dry, wet, or custom. That way, you can use the brush for a long time. If you're on little load or no load at all, you'll only be able to you the brush for a bit because it lacks paint.
- Using the Mixer brush is great for making realistic trees, flowers, clouds or anything you want. Just make sure you know what option of load you're on.