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How to Make an Eyelash Brush in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Today we will be looking at how to make an eyelash brush in Photoshop in just a few steps! Then we will take a quick look at how to use eyelash brushes in Photoshop to create a dramatic and large lash. 

What You Will Learn in This Adobe Photoshop Brush Tutorial

  • How to create an ink brush in Photoshop
  • How to create a text ink wash brush in Photoshop
  • How to use layer masks in Photoshop
  • How to use gradient maps in Photoshop

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1. How to Extract an Eyelash Image in Photoshop  

Step 1

Our first step in learning to create a set of Adobe Photoshop eyelash brushes is to a new canvas and drop in an eyelash image. You want something with high contrast between the lash and skin and something where the lash is well defined.

Step 2

Now, let’s add a Layer Mask to our stock image, double-clicking the Layer Mask to open up the layer mask’s properties.

layer settings

Step 3

We are going to click Color Range and then, using the Eyedropper tool, we want to choose the darkest spot of the eyelash. 

That will do a lot of the heavy lifting for us, but we can further refine the mask using the Fuzziness slider. Sliding it to the left will select less, while sliding it right will select more. The amount will vary from image to image. You want as much eyelash as possible, but as little eyelid as possible. 

I ended up with about 90 Fuzziness. We can click OK when happy. 

adjust layer mask

Step 4 

With a large semi-hard round brush, we can clean up the outer mask: the larger areas that don’t need much precision. 

mask out large area

Step 5

Next, zoom in nice and close, and mask out the areas close to the eyelash using a smaller brush. Don’t worry if you end up masking out some of the smaller eyelashes as well. There will be plenty left over. 

refine eyelash mask

2. How to Create a Photoshop Brush 

Step 1

With our selection fished, we need to prep our canvas and then finally turn this image into a brush!

Let’s create a black Color Fill layer and clip it into our eyelash layer, turning the eyelash solid black. 

fill lash with black

Step 2 

We can finish up by smoothing the eyelash out using the Smudge tool set to about 3 to 6%. 

This step is completely optional, as the texture of the lash brush will actually give you a more realistic lash. 

smooth out lash

Step 3

Finally, let’s create our new brush by cropping the canvas down to size, and then going to Edit > Define Brush Preset. 

how to make an eyelash brush in photoshop

3. How to Use an Eyelash Brush in Photoshop 

Step 1

Let’s look at how to use eyelash brushes in Photoshop! Open up a new canvas, create a new layer, and paint on your new eyelash! 

how to use eyelash brushes in photoshop

Step 2

Find a subject you want to give a set of dramatic eyelashes to! You can use the Brush Settings panel to Angle the brush as needed, and you can use the transform controls to further contour the eyelash to your subject’s eye. 

how to use eyelash brushes in photoshop

Step 3

Add even more length using the Smudge tool, just as we did before, and paint in highlights using a white default round brush. 

add adobe photoshop eyelash brushes details


And that is all there is to creating Adobe Photoshop eyelash brushes! Now, go on and create your very own set of eyelash brushes in Photoshop, both big and small!

how to make an eyelash brush in photoshop

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