Create cool brushes for painting vegetation

Notice how the shape is still readable, even when it’s duplicated and grouped (click image to enlarge)If you’re using an established brush stroke or photo texture to create your brush, always turn it to 100 per cent black against 100 per cent white. Scaling up a small brush shape will result in a pixelated mess. Finally, you should try to be creative with the setting in the Brush dialog (the shortcut is F5). If you then click Brush Tip Shape you can change its shape, which can produce pleasing results, as can adjusting the Spacing setting, which is key to control the repetition of your brush’s shape when you use it. They’ll also be able to distinguish between similar shapes, such as tree leaves and petals on a flower. He’s worked for companies such as Kabam, Gameloft, Applibot and Microsoft Xbox Live. Here are the settings I use to quickly create visually interesting vegetation. When creating custom brushes in Photoshop your main aim is for each brush to leave an easily identifiable shape or mark. Words: John Silva
Originally from Portugal, John is a self-taught freelance artist who’s living in Ireland. Then, under Angle Jitter in Control, set the brush to Direction. This article originally appeared in ImagineFX issue 113. If you can’t do this, at least try to reduce the levels of grey. This will enable you to scale down your brushes while retaining their crispness.

Updated: 02.12.2014 — 20:12