Brush Texture

Brush Texture

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.


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 click Texture to activate the texture option.

Step Seven

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.

Step Eight

Test your new brush by painting in the document.

Step Nine

Adjust the Scale slider to scale your texture up or down.

Step Ten

Brightness and Contrast are used to fine tune your grayscale texture pattern.

Step Eleven

The Mode options determine how the texture blends with the brush. Set the Mode to Height.

Step Twelve

Depth controls the balance between the brush color and the texture. Lower values favor the texture.

Step Thirteen

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.