Create brushes for painting trees in Photoshop

In this lesson I will explain how to create your own curly brushes and how to use them. These brushes will save you a lot of time when drawing trees, bushes and grass.
I used Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet. You can use any other tablet in order to be able to control the pressure of the pen.
Let’s create something beautiful!

Final result:


(click on image to enlarge)

Step 1. The first thing we need to do is create a new document; I usually make it about 500 by 500 pixels with a resolution of 300 dpi, so that later the brush does not pixelate when it is enlarged, when we work with a large image.

We will create a brush for drawing leaves – a brush in the form of a maple leaf, with its help we can quickly and without problems create beautiful foliage. To get started, just take any standard Photoshop brush and start painting the outlines of the shape, in this case the maple leaf.

Step 2. Now we need to give a little depth to the brush.
I created a new layer and painted the streaks with brush chalk (A piece of chalk).
With a white brush with opacity of 50%, paint the clarified areas.

Step 3. Now we need to save the brush that we just painted ourselves. We go to Edit> Define Brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset), enter the name of the brush and click OK.

Step 4. You will notice that the brush you just created appears in the list of brushes at the very bottom. Now we need to select this brush from the list and open Paintbrush Panel – F5. The brush settings will open, which you can modify to your liking.

Step 5. The default brush settings do not allow you to control and modify the strokes, so the first thing we need to do is to configure pen sensitivity, do it in the menu Other dynamics (Other Dynamics) or Transfer in Photoshop CS5.

note: This setting will work correctly only when using a graphics tablet.

Install Transparency fluctuation (Opacity Jitter) 50% and make sure that this setting will be adjusted by pressing the pen (pen pressure). To create directional changes and adjust the brush, select Form dynamics (Shape Dynamics).

Step 6. Size fluctuation (Size Jitter) – 100%, control – pen pressure. Notice the control to adjust Angle swings (Angle Jitter) Installed Initial direction (Initial Direction), and for Circumference (Roundness Jitter) – Pen tilit (Pen tilit), Minimum Circle (Minimum Round) – 25%.

Step 7. Last setting before using a brush – Brush shape setting (Brush Tip Shape) where I install Interval (Spacing) 70% to separate brush marks from each other.

Step 8. Now we know where to find the settings of the brush, we can easily test them in practice and try to change the values ​​and settings.

Step 9. Well, we set up the brush and now we need to save these settings. This is very important, because when you select another brush, all your settings will be put together, and you can also apply them to other shaped brushes. Again Hit F5, open the brush settings window and select from the pop-up menu New Brush (New Brush Preset) and call it. Now the previously created brush will be saved with the new settings that you applied, and will be at the bottom of the list of brushes.

Step 10. The next steps will be quick, he will summarize what we have just done. I’m going to create another Maple Leaf, for this I simply change the shape of the figure. First erase the leaf stalk, then go to the menu Select> Select all and then Edit> Transformation> Distortion (Edit> Transform> Warp).

Step 11. By selecting a point and pulling it, you can form and distort the shape of the sheet, as shown in the figure below.

Step 12. You can also pull anywhere inside the grid, the shape of the sheet will change. After changing the sheet, press Enter to confirm the edit.

Step 13. After applying all the necessary settings for the brush, such as Form Dynamics and Other Dynamics, I ran a brush over the working document and I was satisfied with the way our brush paints.
The illustration below presents a complete image created only with new shaped tassels.

Freely place elements around with new shaped brushes, use your imagination and creativity to create trees, bushes, grass, or even whole landscape views.

Step 14. Save the brush with the new settings, as we did in the previous steps, and it will be added to your list. Now we have two kinds of maple leaves, both saved with the settings we gave them. In the list of brushes in the upper right corner there is an arrow. Click on it and select Save brushes (Save Brushes), designate your own list of brushes, they will always be stored with you and you can use them at any time.

Step 15. We have come to the end of the lesson. Perhaps it all seems difficult, but you try to make the brushes yourself, and you will understand that this is not so.
Do not be afraid to experiment. Figure brushes are very helpful in the work. Drawing them takes time and peace of mind, but in the end you will be happy, knowing that you can speed up the process of digital drawing in a variety of ways.

Good luck on your journey through the world of digital drawing!

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