Trucos de diseño para diseñar como locos

Create your own brushes (Part 1)

Brushes’s libraries are one of the most widespread and valued resources among designers and are also a tool that will save you a lot of time and effort. For this reason I dwell on this publication in the creation of brushes. In this first part will see how to create Photoshop brushes.

As a designer I have used brushes on numerous occasions to draw drops, broken glass, leaves, scratches, etc … are available on the web a large number of libraries of high quality brushes. To design your brushes you must first prepare them the right way.

Open the image’s document which you want to extract the brush, whether a previously drawn picture, or an image resource. For this example I will convert to brush a picture of one of the comics that I like.

Separate, tracing and masking, the area you want to convert to brush, sometimes you will find more than a few libraries that include brushes without isolation, i.e., square edges that will subsequently will force you to mask the result. This type of brushes are often of little use as well as time lost in looking for then you have to clean, therefore it is best to discard them.

In this example I used the selection wand to catch the whole environment surrounding super-Calvin.

The wand selection is a great tool but it was subsequently necessary to refinethe selection. To solve this I applied a filter dry brush to clean the mask and a Gaussian Blur to soften.

Use Photoshop filters to clean a mask is a trick that will save you much time to these tasks: brushes, small images, etc… but, don’t try it with a larger image

Once isolated it is necessary to pass the picture to gray scale and very convenient to contrast it by means of an adjustment layer brightness/contrast, or, using a levels‘ adjustment layer. Note that PhotoShop will interpret the image opposed to a mask layer, therefore, any percentage of black ink will be drawn in the new brush whereas white 100% is completely transparent.

When you are satisfied with the settings flatten the image using the tool quire frame. Draw a selection around the image and choose in the main menu bar Edit/New adjustment brush. The new brush is added to the current library, be it the default library, or any other open library.

Once added to the brush library you can configure all the necessary adjustments: diameter, roundness, spacing, dynamic shape, texture, etc … And it will be ready for use at any time.

In the next issue I will show you how to add new brushes to the library in  Illustrator.



About mimoriarty

Diseñador gráfico multidisciplinar; me gustaría trabajar y compartir experiencias con diseñadores de todo el mundo

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This entry was posted on February 7, 2012 by in Conocimientos, multilanguaje, Trucos de diseño and tagged , .

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