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3.2 How to Create a Pressure-Sensitive Hair Brush in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a set of custom hair Photoshop brushes that can be used to paint hair from scratch, to paint small details like flyaways, or to mask out hair by hand using a tablet. This video will make you confident about painting and masking hair in Photoshop.

3.2 How to Create a Pressure-Sensitive Hair Brush in Photoshop

Welcome back to the Ultimate Guide to hair in Photoshop. With our static hair brushes done, it's time to move on to pressure sensitive brushes, which can only mean one thing. Drawing tablets. Now when it comes to tablets, don't worry about brand names or having the latest and greatest. Any tablet is better than no tablet. Let's all finally get to creating this brush. Go ahead and open up a new document, any size will work. With a small semi hard round brush, around 70% hardness should do, let's paint five or so black dots that are all different sizes. The dots don't need to be perfect, just vary them in size and spacing until you have something similar to this. Keep in mind, you can redo this as many times as you'd like. If this shape doesn't work out for whatever reason, it only takes a few seconds to whip up a new one. And not only that, it's always nice to have some diversity anyway. So creating a few just to have is also just highly recommended to begin with. But now that we do have our brushes shape, let's crop the document down to the brushes exact pixel size. Just like with our earlier brushes, we can control click and hit crop to crop everything down to size nice and quickly. Now let's go to good old edit, define brush preset and name the brush hair strand one. Again, I really do recommend making a few of these as it's nice to have the variation in the hair strands and strokes, hence the one. And believe it or not, there you have it. Luckily this brush doesn't need much tweaking from the default settings. The main thing we want to do is make sure to bring the spacing all the way down to 1%. That is very important. We can make sure the setting is saved so you don't have to do it over and over again by hitting this button down here in the brush settings panel. Everything else about this brush will change as you paint, but my settings tend to be something like a brush size of one to five pixels depending on the size of the image. And the hair strand, a flow of 75% or so, with pressure for size on and pressure for opacity on, but don't worry too much about those other than maybe the pressure settings, size and flow will depend 100% on your image and your style. And now that we have our hair brushes, both pressure sensitive and not, let's take a look at my top tips for using these brushes to finish and perfect hair masks. A sometimes tedious task that is totally worth doing and secretly one of my favorite parts. Sometimes, coming up next and the Ultimate Guide to hair in Photoshop.

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