This lesson is part of a series of articles on creating brushes with Photoshop.
This is what we will create with you:
In this tutorial, I will describe a fairly simple way to create your own brushes using Photoshop. The main idea is to use textures and filters to create a grunge pattern. Join me and we will create your own set of grunge brushes for Photoshop.
For this lesson we will need the following materials, which you can download here. Scanned-texture
Section 1. Scanned watercolor paper texture: preparation for work
Open the texture of watercolor paper from a pre-downloaded source archive or make your own scan texture. The texture of the paper is poorly expressed, so we use the command Levels (Levels) (Control-L key combination). Set the value 0.12 in the central window Baselinevalues (Input Levels). Click OK.
Get rid of the yellow color after adjusting the image levels. To do this, go to the menu Picture – Correction –Discolor (Image – Adjustments -Desaturate), or use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Control-U.
Next, go to the menu Picture – Correction –Isogelium (Image – Adjustments – Threshold), move the slider to the value 231. Click OK.
Go to the menu File (File),Saveas (Save As) or use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Control-S. Save the file in the “.psd” format.
Section 2. Application of a scanned texture watercolor texture
Create a new document with a resolution of 72 pixels / inch (if you need a brush to place the image on the Internet), or 300 pixels / inch (if you want to create larger images for printing). Create a new layer, for this we go to the menu Layer – New – Layer (Layer – New – Layer) (Control-N).
Use the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B), leave the default settings – soft round brush. Draw something like this, you can use any textured brushes to get a more original image.
In this step, we need the watercolor paper texture created earlier. Go to the menu Filter – Distortion – Bias (Filter – Distort – Displace), leaving the default settings, click OK. in the window that opens, select the previously saved psd file. Use the watercolor texture you created in the first part of the lesson.
Now let’s add noise to our image through the menu. Filter – Noise – To addnoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise), in the settings I set 29.55%, by Gauss (Gaussian) and put a tick in front of the position Monochrome (Monochromatic).
Use the tool Magicwand (Magic Wand Tool) (W). Click on the free space in the figure, invert the selection using the Shift-Control-I key combination. Next, go to the menu Editing – To determinebrush (Edit – Define Brush Preset), write your name for the created brush.
Our brush is ready! You can change the parameters of the brush in PanelsBrush (Brush panel). Using brush options such as The size (Size), Angle (Angle), Noise (Noise) and Dynamicsforms (Shape Dynamics), you can achieve a variety of effects. Save your brush with new settings under a separate name. So you get a large variety of grunge brushes.
Section 3. Scanned texture: crocheted toy
As an experiment to create this texture, I will scan a crocheted toy from this lesson. You can use the archive texture I prepared at the beginning of the lesson. You can also scan any knitted fabric yourself: a scarf, gloves or lace to your taste.
We will repeat some of the steps in the previous two sections. You must perform the following steps:
- Draw a solid brush with a rough sketch of the shape of the future brush (note the hardness of the brush, it is higher than that used in section 2, step 1).
- Save the knitted fabric texture as a psd file.
- Apply filter Distortion – Bias (Distort – Displace), the settings will remain the default, apply the previously saved psd file of the knitted fabric. (Section 2 step 2)
Apply a filter to give more roughness. Distortion – Offset (Distort – Displace) a few more times. You can change the filter settings in the process of its application, I used the following settings: Scalebyhorizontals (Horizontal Scale) 25, tick the parameters Stretch (Stretch to Fit) and Repeatborderlinepixels (Repeat Edge Pixels). Press the key combination CTRL + F to apply the filter several times. Save the resulting brush under the new name, for this we go to the menu Editing – To determinebrush (Edit – Define Brush Preset).
Play with the brush settings to get more interesting options.
Section 4. Photo-textures: using stock images. Part I
We use stock photos that you can purchase here. We need the texture of dried mud. You can use any similar texture.
We are going to create two kinds of brushes.
The first method is the same as in the previous section:
- Open the stock photo with the texture of dried dirt, save it as a psd file.
- Using a soft round brush (default settings), draw the shape of a future grunge brush.
- Use filter Distortion – Bias (Distort – Displace) with settings: Scalebyhorizontals (Horizontal scale) 25, Scalebyvertical (Vertical Scale) thirty.
- Save the resulting brush with a new name.
Play with the brush settings in the panel Brush (Brush panel), change Angle (Angle), Dynamicsforms (Shape Dynamics), add additional Noise (Noise), change Opacity (Opacity).
Section 5. Photo-textures: using stock images. Part 2
This method is suitable for creating a grunge brush consisting of blocks. To do this, use the texture from Section 4. Apply an adjustment layer to it. Levels (Levels) (CTRL + L) with the following settings: InputvaluesPointwhite (White Input Level) set to 147, InputvaluesPointgray (Gray Input Level) set to 0.10. Next, apply the following operation: Picture – Correction – Threshold (Image – Adjustments – Threshold) and change Level (Level) to value in 110 or more. This is what you should do:
Highlight the white color in your image with the tool Magicwand (Magic Wand Tool) (W), save the brush under a new name.
After we have created several new brushes with you, try experimenting with their application on the New Layer or on the New Document. Experiment with the settings in the Brush Panel, save the options you like to create your own set of grunge brushes.
Section 6. Creating grunge brushes from scratch
In my opinion, the most interesting way to create grunge brushes I present to you at the end of our lesson. We begin according to the scheme we know from drawing astrakhan and blotches using ordinary round brushes (the Brush Tool) with varying degrees of hardness and opacity.
Apply to our sketch Filter – Noise – To addnoise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise) with settings in 155.68%.
Add to the resulting image Filter – Distortion – Ripple (Filter – Distort – Ripple) with settings in 797% (you can increase or decrease the settings depending on your imagination, experiment). Next, apply Filter –Registration – Facet (Filter – Pixelate – Facet).
Let’s try to make our image more or less similar to the old world map. For this we use Filter – Stylization – Wind (Filter – Stylize – Wind) with settings Method:Hurricane (Blast) Direction:On right (From the Right). Push button OK and go to the final stage of creating brushes in grunge style.
Let’s create Newdocument (New Document) and choose a brush that looks something like my picture. I use a brush called Flat Fan High Bristle Count from the standard Photoshop CS5 brush set. Using this brush, fill the workspace of your document approximately like in my picture. The resulting image Save as (Save As) psd file.
Using the psd file created in step 4, apply Filter – Distortion – Bias (Filter – Distort – Displace) to the image resulting in step 3 of this section. Apply the following filter settings: Scalebyhorizontals (Horizontal scale) 25, Scalebyvertical (Vertical Scale) thirty.
To make your brush more interesting, apply a filter (CTRL + F) Offset (Displace) at least 3 times. As soon as you are satisfied with the appearance of your new brush, save it under a new name through the menu Editing – To determinebrush (Edit – Define Brush Preset).
Fantastic job, we are done!
So, using only three textures and a few tricks, we created our own set of grunge-style brushes. Using different colors and brushes from the set created by us, you can draw your own background or texture to apply it in the future work.