Brush Roundness and Spacing

Brush Roundness and Spacing

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Set Brush Roundness and Spacing in Photoshop



The brush Roundness is unique to the Round/Custom brushes. It allows you to create brush tips that range from a narrow ellipse to a circle.

Photoshop brush tips are generally built with one or multiple shapes. By controlling the distance between the shapes you can create an unlimited number of custom brushes.


Step One

Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Click the Create a New Layer icon to add a new blank layer. You can experiment with your brushes on this layer.

Step Three

Select the Brush tool and open the Brush palette by clicking the Brush palette icon or choosing Window > Brushes.

Step Four

By default there should be several brushes already loaded in the palette.

Click the Brush Presets panel and choose Reset Brushes from the panel pull-down menu.

Step Five

Select a round brush. In this example we chose the Hard Round brush from the Brush Presets panel. Click the Brush tab to access the brush settings.

Step Six

Click Brush Tip Shape at the top of the panel, then adjust the Spacing slider above the brush preview.

Step Seven

As you adjust the Spacing slider, you see that the brush is just a series of dots. The closer the dots, the more continuous the paint flow from the brush.

Step Eight

To change the brush shape, adjust the Roundness controls in the shape preview box. You can also change the Roundness setting in the input box.

Step Nine

Try painting with varied Roundness and Spacing adjustments.

Saving Your New Brush

By starting with a preset brush, you can modify the settings, then choose New Brush Preset from the Brush palette pull-down menu. You can also save your brush by clicking the Create New Brush icon in the bottom of the Brushes panel.

Brushes Work With Many Tools

In addition to the Brush tool, the brushes also work with the Art History Brush, Blur, Burn, Clone Stamp, Dodge, Eraser, History Brush, Mixer Brush, Pattern Stamp tool, Pencil, Sharpen, Smudge and Sponge.

A limited round brush version is available with the Healing Brush tool and Spot Healing tool,

Spacing Setting and Speed

As you work with your brushes, you may notice a slight lag when you paint the document. You might try increasing the brush Spacing to speed things up.


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