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Turn a Beetle into a Brush in Photoshop

 

Part Three: Playing with Beetles

Sure, that’s pretty cool. But it gets cooler when you do some tweaks in the Brushes panel. First, we’ll undo the current beetles.

  1. Open the History panel (Window > History).
  2. Click on the New history state at the top of the History panel.
History Panel
History Panel
  1. Open the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes).
  2. Make sure that Brush Presets is highlighted in the top-left of the Brushes panel.
  3. Down in the bottom-right of the panel, change the Master Diameter to 100 px.
Master Diameter 100 px
Master Diameter 100 px

If you were to paint now, you’d get a cool, creepy effect. But we can do better than that.

Painted Beetles
Painted Beetles
  1. Back in the Brushes panel, click on the words Shape Dynamics on the left (if you just click on the check mark, you won’t see the options for it; you need to click on the words.)
  2. Slide the values for Size Jitter, Angle Jitter and Roundness Jitter all the way up to 100%. This gives you a variety of sizes, and flips and spins the beetle around. Watch the preview change as you move the sliders to the right.
Shape Dynamics
Shape Dynamics
  1. Click on the words for Scattering.
  2. Slide the value for Scatter to about 300%, and slide Count Jitter all the way up to 100%. This gives the painted beetles a more scattered effect.
Scattering
Scattering
  1. Finally, click on the words for Color Dynamics.
  2. Slide the value for Hue Jitter all the way up to 100%. This will result in a rainbow of beetles, although you won’t see this in the preview window of the Brushes panel.
Color Dynamics
Color Dynamics
  1. Now paint in the image window! Eek!
Painted Beetles
Painted Beetles

 

Note

When you get to the end of Part One back there (before you define the brush), you want to end up with a black foreground image against a white background. The brush will be defined as the black parts.

If you wind up with the opposite – white on black – simply press Ctrl+I (Mac: Cmd+I) to invert the black and white.

Invert
Invert

Jellyfish

 

Done

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