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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Create 4 Unique Custom Brushes

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What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: 4 Unique Brush Ideas

Photoshop Brushes allow you to create magical digital worlds full of wonder. But did you know that you could also make your own custom brushes using a variety of design assets? In this quick video, I'll show you four unique brush ideas using an assortment of assets from GraphicRiver.

Try this lesson yourself, using the following resources from this tutorial:

And feel free to download the Winter Stock from Pixabay to recreate the snowy scene from the video. 

Create Four Custom Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

For this lesson, we'll be creating brushes using icon sets, texture packs, isolated objects, and font glyphs. First, open a grungy texture graphic in Photoshop and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection. Erase the edges of the selection with the Eraser Tool (E) before creating a brush by going to Edit > Define Brush Preset.

Create a Photoshop Brush From a Texture

For the second brush idea, make a Selection of one of the blue snowflake vector icons and turn it into a custom brush. Use it to paint snow flurries onto a winter scene.

Create a Photoshop Brush from a Vector Icon

Next, use an isolated object like this yellow flower to create your own digital garden. If you need to, adjust the Contrast with Adjustment Layers first to bring out the details of the flower.

Create a Photoshop Brush From an Isolated Object

Lastly, create a brush to stamp a copyright symbol on your designs using a font. Simply select the font glyph with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Name your new brush, and you're finished!

Create a Photoshop Brush from a Font Glyph

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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