Creating a brush to use as a background texture is very easy in Photoshop. There are just a few things you have to do to prepare any image so that it can be turned into a brush for use later. In this example, I'll turn a stock texture image into a brush. Note that I am using Photoshop CS5. Here is my original image:
Example Texture Image to Turn into a Brush
The first thing to remember is that the largest dimensions that brushes can be is 2500 pixels by 2500 pixels. You must resize or crop your image so that it is 2500 pixels or less in width and height. I did not want to change the scaling of my texture, so I cropped it into a 2500 pixel square:
Our Texture Image is a 2500 pixel Square
The second thing that needs to be done is that the image needs to be converted to greyscale using any number of methods available in Photoshop. When Photoshop defines a brush from an image, it will convert pure white into 100% transparent (completely clear) and pure black into 0% transparent (completely opaque). All values in between are pro-rated based on their greyscale value. For this example, I will go to Image - Adjustments - Black and White... Here, you can adjust greyscale values with a little flexibility from the source image's original color:
Black and White Dialog
Here is our greyscale image:
Our Greyscale Texture Ready to be Defined as a Brush
Now that our texture image is ready to be defined as a brush, go to Edit - Define Brush Preset... You will get a dialog, allowing you to name your new brush:
Define Brush Preset Dialog
Your new brush should now show up in your Brushes window and be available for use! Let's test it out. Here is a boring old gradient:
Boring Old Gradient
Let's select the brush, adjust the size, and with a single mouse-click, we get a nice texture with our background showing through:
Our New Brush Over the Gradient
That's all there is to making brushes in Adobe Photoshop, go have fun!
#1Submitted by Bill on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 23:16.
Thank you for sharing and all the hard work you have put into this site .... this is one of the nicest texture web sites I have seen or found by far !
#2Submitted by Bill on Sun, 09/26/2010 - 07:40.
@Bill - Thank you very much! I am glad you found it useful!
#3Submitted by texture1234 on Sun, 10/10/2010 - 20:31.
thank you very much..
#4Submitted by martin on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 22:06.
Thank you Bill for making so many elements free and available to the design & art community.
#5Submitted by Bill on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 22:48.
Not a problem, martin! Glad you find them useful!
#6Submitted by Tina on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 16:56.
Hi I am so glad that I found your site, I am just beginning to enjoy my CS5 and learning as I go... I am a stay at home mom and am taking up photography and design work in my little bit of spare time! I plan to spend more time learning on your site! Thank you!
#7Submitted by Bill on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 16:58.
Awesome, Tina! I hope you find everything useful as you learn Photoshop!
#9Submitted by Ann on Wed, 12/29/2010 - 11:30.
wow! exactly what i was looking for
#10Submitted by Amy on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:33.
Can i make brushes from a CS3?
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