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Turn a Beetle into a Brush in Photoshop

 

Part Two: Defining and Using the Brush

Here comes the fun part!

  1. With your black-and-white beetle image still open and visible, got to Edit > Define Brush Preset…
Define Brush Preset...
Define Brush Preset...
  1. Give the brush a name and click OK.
Beetle Brush
Beetle Brush

This brush is really huge (mine is 777 pixels tall), but that’s a good thing. It’s better to reduce the size of a large, high-quality brush, than to increase the size of a small one (which results in blurry edges.)

  1. Create a new Photoshop document on which to paint:
    1. File > New…
    2. Width: 1000 pixels.
    3. Height: 1000 pixels.
    4. Click OK.
New Document
New Document
  1. Select a new foreground color by double-clicking on the Foreground Color icon in the Tools panel and using the Color Picker.
Foreground Color
Foreground Color
  1. Select the Brush tool again in the Tools panel Brush.
  2. Click on that drop down arrow again in the Control panel.
  3. Scroll all the way down to top bottom of the brush list.
  4. Double-click on your new Beetle brush.
Brush Picker
Brush Picker
  1. Click in the image window a few times.
Painted Beetles
Painted Beetles

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