Use texture brushes in Photoshop

In today’s lesson we will learn to draw with textured brushes. How do they work? Are there any serious differences between regular and texture brushes? Now we will understand everything.

Standard vs. textured: difference

The difference is pretty obvious. A standard brush creates a smooth touch, and texture brushes look more grainy and give the effect of a real environment. Thanks to this variety, you can always choose the right brush.

Have you ever seen “too much from Photoshop photos”? The reason we are familiar with this technique is that all items have their own texture. Therefore, when you compare a real photo with a retouched portrait on the cover of a magazine, your eyes catch the difference.

My point is that you should use both types of brushes in your drawings. Experiment more often to see which brush works best in a particular situation.

Will texture brushes save your drawing?

So, your favorite artist just published a set of all his brushes. Now that they are downloaded and installed, your drawing will magically acquire the necessary style. Right?

I would like to, but in reality this is not the case, otherwise I would download all the brush sets that only exist.

Unfortunately, the only thing that can create the necessary result is patience, time and a lot of practice. I think you got acquainted with the standard round brushes and basic drawing techniques before going to work with textures.

Texture brushes: what are they suitable for?

Without a doubt, the standard round brush is the basis for any pattern. You will need it for most details. As for texture brushes, they can be used to quickly add realism. Read about several ways to apply them to your future drawings.

Simulation of realistic textures

As mentioned earlier, all items have a certain texture. If you have ever had problems with achieving realism, a possible reason is that the pictures look too smooth. Leave your boring brush and select the grunge brush. By applying the right textures, you can “revive” any drawing.

Drawing various materials

Perhaps the best thing about drawing in Photoshop is convenience. If you want to paint a fluffy sweater, choose a fluffy brush! Starting with leather or clothing and ending with grunge or environmental details, brushes are the easiest way to get the texture you want.

Give your digital drawings a traditional look.

What if you want to get the effect of a picture painted with oil paints? Just experiment with different brushes to get the style you want, starting with oil paints and ending with acrylic or watercolor drawings. You can even make pencil sketches without sharpening a single pencil.

My favorite texture brush types

I like these brushes. I often use them in drawings and this is why.

Grunge brushes

Grunge brushes look like dirt. In a good way. I constantly use these brushes when I want to add a realism pattern. Their potential is truly limitless. The main thing – do not forget to regulate Opacity (Opacity) for best results.

Leather brushes

These brushes are great for simulating pores on human skin. They instantly turn an ordinary portrait into photorealistic. They are also used to impart grit to some textures.

Cloud brushes

There is nothing more beautiful than nature. These brushes allow you to capture light movements of hair, clouds and other smooth details.

Edit the brush in two steps!

Not sure which brush to choose? Create it yourself!

Step 1

Click F5, to open the panel Brush (Brush panel). Make sure the tool is selected. Brush (Brush), then select any preset.

Step 2

Tick ​​the box Scattering (Scatter). Set the parameter Scattering (Scatter) on 120%. You can also play with the parameters Texture (Texture) and Dynamicsforms (Shape Dynamics) until you get the desired result. For this lesson we will focus on dispersion.

By adjusting a couple of settings, you got your own brush!


The science of digital painting is to understand how to use the tools available in a given situation. Today we learned that painting with textured brushes is a great way to add realism or even get a new style. Do you already have a favorite style? Tell us about it in the comments! I hope you enjoyed experimenting with different brushes. Good luck!

Author: Melody Nieves

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