Advanced Brush Techniques in Photoshop Tutorial

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  • Remonty

    Owesome! Thanks for this post! Keep up the good work.

  • Chase Chamorro

    Thank you for the tutorial. Are you going to write a new PHP tutorial soon?

  • kathitownz

    Really cool! I want to know how you color brushes. Your “fire” tutorial helped bunches, but I got kinda’ lost when you started a new layer and “adhered” it to the background. That’s not how I’ve ever done gradients and when doing a lo, …well, I didn’t want it stuck to the background, but higher up in the layers….still just fascinating! Learned soooooooo much! Thank you for the lesson and for the pattern and brush!!! You’re…uhhh…angelic!!!
    A new member…(but I’ve noticed your stuff before and been an admirer!)
    Kathi Townzen

  • Stephanie

    @Kathitownz: I think perhaps you’re thinking of when I merge a few layers, but I don’t ever adhere anything like that to the background until I’m completely done… if I ever do at all. I make new layers beneath layers, and then merge them, so that I can add multiple effects to a layer… perhaps that’s what was going on? It’s very possible that I didn’t explain myself very well. :)

    So glad you found me and that you’re enjoying my resources! :)

  • Hicks

    Thank you so much for this and your other tutorials. And for all the amazing brushes and patterns you make available to us. I’ve learned more in 2 days on your site about PS than in the entire last year.

    I’ve used PS for quite awhile, but thought any of the more advanced effects were beyond what I had the time or skill to learn.

    You really have hit ‘just’ the right note with your tutorials. Wanting to accomplish one task, whatever it might be – have stitches follow a path, or how to properly use a gem brush – is a terrific way to learn things in small bites.

    Thanks again!

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  • http://o john morgan

    i am trying to use a paint brush brush and its stroke direction is only R to L how can i reverse it please ?
    i have been wiping in from one side then rev canvas a do same again im sure there must be a better way.
    Cheers john

    • Stephanie

      I THINK I understand what you’re asking, and it’s just a simple matter of clicking on one button when you have all the brush options open.

      Click on Brush Tip Shape under your Brush Presets tab/window (F5 will bring it up, if it’s not already open). To the left of the crosshair area, there should be two checkboxes. “Flip X” and “Flip Y”. You want to check “Flip X”, it sounds like. That will flip the brush horizontally.

      Hopefully that’s what you were looking for!

  • BC

    So, when you make a paint thing with one of your brush designs, do you just have to add the dite on the picture or what? I kinda got confused

    • BC

      sorry, i meant site, not dite

      • Stephanie

        You can put it either on the design itself, or next to it if it’s being displayed on a webpage (preferrably with a link to How you credit me is really up to you, as long as it’s displayed along with the design that you used my resources in… every place that it’s displayed.

        Alternately, if you don’t want to have to credit me, I also offer commercial licenses for resources, which are only $3 per resource and make it so that you don’t need to credit me at all for their usage.

        Hope this helps!


  • BC

    And i also got the site wrong, very sorry,

  • Rick

    Steph, followed your script for “directional” flow using shape dynamics, on a square brush, set to about 150% spacing, to create “dashes”; but when I move my mouse in a circular shape the dashes created do not follow the angle of the cursor, in that they rotate only to 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees; they do not position themselves to follow the angle of the path of the mouse. Is there some other setting I need to cause the dashes to rotate in smaller increments, so the dashed line will follow my cursor more accurately?

    • Stephanie

      Well, if you’re making the circle fairly small, then what’s happening is the brush can’t keep up with how fast that angle is changing, and it ends up looking like what you’re seeing – with those really choppy angles. What you want to do is reduce the size of the brush, or make the stitch not quite as long, so that it’s able to keep up with the angle changing better.

      There ARE limitations on just how well the brush can follow a path, though, that’s for sure. You can play around with the settings a bit to see what makes it look best, but basically this kind of thing is best used on larger, less intricate designs.

      Hope this helps, and good luck!

  • Shreya

    Brilliant!!! Have just started to use brushes Been searching and looking to learn more about brushes for ever.. This is so well explained..THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

  • Claire

    This looks and sounds great but I’m having problems! I’ve downloaded SS-stitching.abr and have it working great, many thanks! but I can’t download the single stitch file, for me the link here just goes to a page with a load of text and I don’t know what to do with it, I have tried saving the text in the same place as the other, but my mac doesn’t recognise it as a proper abr file. Is it available in the same format as the other one please? Sorry if I’m doing something stupid.

    • Stephanie

      Wow, that’s odd. Never realized that Safari didn’t recognize that as a downloadable file before. Other browsers seemed to have been downloading it alright, but Safari tries to open it for some odd reason. Anyway, I’ve made it a ZIP file now, so there should be no problem with recognition and it should be downloadable without any trouble now. :)

      Thanks for the heads up, and sorry for the trouble!

  • Claire

    Thank you so much, I’ve just downloaded it without problem. I had no idea Safari could be to blame!

  • ScrappyDigits

    Thanks for this tutorial. Photoshop’s brush dynamics panel is one of my favorite go-to tools. Can you give me some hints about your settings and how you moved your brush to get the paisley pattern that you show above? Did you use the scatter settings? Or, did you just randomly use your brush in single clicks around your page with the size and angle jitter set?

    Thanks again!


    • Stephanie

      It’s been a while since I made this tutorial, but I’ll guess that it was mostly single clicks with size and angle jitter set, so that I could get them placed somewhat where I wanted them. Scatter can be great for some things, but doesn’t work as well with things that can’t or shouldn’t ever really overlap, like in this case. Patterns rather than textures, that kind of thing.

      Hope this helps!

  • AJ

    Do you have any tips on brush technique for gimp? I am saving up for photoshop, so until then I use gimp. Is there a way to at least change the angle of the brushes with gimp?

    Thanks a bunch

    PS you have supplied me with a ton of knowledge, thank you so much for your generous contributions to the newbie novice.

    • Stephanie

      I wish I could help more with GIMP, but I’ve never used the program. Sorry. :( I have no doubt you can find tons of GIMP tips out there on the internet, though!

  • Roberta

    I use brushes alot, but this tutorial fills in some blanks I desperately needed, like Direction, yay!! thanks so much.

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    and i decided to learn everything cited there……cheer!!!
    salute and appreciate to ur good work….!

  • anys

    really helpfull man , keep it up . thumbs up .!

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