Round and Custom Brushes

Round and Custom Brushes

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Create a Round and Custom Brushes in Photoshop



Round and Custom Brushes have been available in Photoshop for several generations. This brushes get their shape from a pixel based grayscale image. In the default Photoshop brushes, you can choose from several Round/Custom Brushes.

For more information on creating a Custom Brush, see topic, Creating a Custom Brush.


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 > Brush.

Step Four

Click the Brush Presets button to open the Brush Presets panel. From the panel pull-down menu, choose Reset Brushes.

Step Five

The brush icons allow you to quickly identify Round Brushes, Bristle Brushes, Erodible Tip Brushes, Airbrushes and Custom Brushes.

Step Six

Click a round soft edged brush, then return to the Brush panel (Window > Brush).

Step Seven

Select the Brush Tip Shape option in the Brush panel. Notice the brush preview at the bottom of the panel.

Step Eight

You can use the Size slider to change the brush size. The Angle and Roundness boxes control the brush shape.

Step Nine

Use the Hardness slider to soften or harden the brush edge.

Step Ten

Spacing sets the gap between the individual circle shapes.

Step Eleven

Experiment with the various settings by drawing a series of lines in the document.

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, 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.


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