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How to Create a Sakura Petals Brush in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In today's tutorial, we will be learning how to create a sakura petals brush in Photoshop. With this brush, you'll be able to create a quick and easy falling sakura petals photo effect with just one image and a few clicks!

Need rose petals instead of cherry blossoms? No problem! You can use this same technique to create any flower petal brush in Photoshop.

What You Will Learn in This Adobe Photoshop Brush Tutorial

  • How to create a sakura petals brush in Photoshop
  • How to change brush settings in Photoshop
  • How to paint sakura petals falling in Photoshop
  • How to save brush settings in Photoshop 
  • How to create depth of field in Photoshop

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What You'll Need

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1. How to Create a Sakura Petal Brush in Photoshop

Step 1

First, open up a photo containing a cherry blossom petal, and extract the petal using your preferred method.  

The Object Selection Tool worked great for me!

extract flower petal

Step 2

Next, Control-Click the cherry blossom, or its layer mask if you have one, to make an exact selection.

Hit the Crop tool to crop the canvas down to size.

crop image

Step 3

Create a white Color Fill layer below the petal. 

Turn the petal grayscale with a black and white Gradient Map adjustment layer, checking the Reverse box in the Gradient Map's Properties panel. 

Right-click > Flatten Image and then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. 

Don't worry about naming your brush just yet!

invert image to black

2. How to Set Brush Settings in Photoshop 

Step 1

Now, let's fiddle with our brush's settings, starting with setting the Spacing to 1000%.

Next, let's tweak our Shape Dynamics with a Size Jitter of 50%, Angle Jitter of 100%, and a Roundness Jitter of 100%.

shape dynamics

Step 2

Then for our Scattering, let's do a Scatter of 1000%.

The Scattering will change as you paint, so feel free to lower it as needed! 

You can also increase the Count to or 3 to paint more than one petal at a time.  


Step 3

Now, let's set our Color Dynamics to Foreground/Background Jitter: 40%, Hue Jitter: 2%, Saturation Jitter: 2%, and Brightness Jitter: 4%.

You can also turn Color Dynamics and off as needed while you paint!

Save these settings and name your new brush by clicking the square icon in the bottom-right corner of the Brush Settings panel. 

color dynamics

3. How to Create Sakura Petals Falling in Photoshop 

Step 1

Finally, let's put our new petal brush to good use and place our sakura petals falling! Open up your image, like this Woman Next to Sakura Tree that I'll be playing with, and create a new layer, calling it "Medium Petals"! 

Let's select a color from the lightest point of the flower for our foreground color, and then from a darker point for our background color, using the Eye Dropper tool. 

Set the Size of your brush so that the largest petal you paint will only be as big as the largest petal that's in focus in your photo. 

Now, click and drag your brush across the image!

Add a very slight Gaussian Blur if the petals are too sharp compared to the rest of the image. 

paint sakura petals falling

Step 2

Next, let's create some background petals by lowering the size of our brush slightly, creating a new layer named "background" and then painting all over.

Don't be afraid to create and paint on multiple different layers!

Erase any smaller petals that overlap on top of your model. 

If your subject's background is heavily out of focus like mine, then add a Gaussian Blur, so that the petals appear out of focus as well!

Finally, I like to lower the background petals' Opacity down to 70%.

paint background sakura petals falling

Step 3

Finish things up by creating two new layers over all your other petal layers and the subject. Name these layers "Large" and "Extra Large."

And, you guessed it, paint large and extra-large petals on both of these layers! These petals will be our foreground petals and will help give any image a quick dose of depth. 

Blur both layers using Filter > Blur Gallery > Field Blur.

Don't be shy with the blur! The exact number will depend on the size of your image. 

paint and blur foreground sakura petals falling

That's It!

And that's all there is to creating a sakura brush in Photoshop and creating a quick and easy effect of sakura petals falling! The best part is that this will work for creating any kind of flower petal brush in Photoshop, including leaves and rose petals. Or you can just create multiple different petal brushes using different petals from the same image for an even more realistic and varied effect! The possibilities are endless. 

How to Create sakura petals brush photoshop

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