Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Create a Brush with Texture in Photoshop
Brush Texture allows you to simulate the paper or canvas texture as you paint in Photoshop. The texture is defined by selecting a pattern in the Texture options.
Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).
Click the Create a New Layer icon to add a new blank layer. You can experiment with your brushes on this layer.
Select the Brush tool and open the Brush palette by clicking the Brush palette icon or choosing Window > Brushes.
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.
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.
Click Brush Tip Shape at the top of the panel, then click Texture to activate the texture option.
To select a texture, click the Texture Box and choose Artist Surfaces from the pull-down menu. Click to select a new texture from the Artist Surfaces texture library.
Test your new brush by painting in the document.
Adjust the Scale slider to scale your texture up or down.
Brightness and Contrast are used to fine tune your grayscale texture pattern.
The Mode options determine how the texture blends with the brush. Set the Mode to Height.
Depth controls the balance between the brush color and the texture. Lower values favor the texture.
To lock the texture for all brushes, click the Lock Texture icon. By locking the texture you can choose another Brush Preset or Tool Preset and the texture remains consistent.
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.