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Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes

Using Adobe design tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to create art can be a breeze once you learn the shortcuts – but we know the learning curve is pretty big. Learning tips and tricks from other designers, artists and pros can really help you overcome the learning curve and begin creating some amazing artwork. In this blog, we’ll be showing you how to make some basic Photoshop Brushes that work with your drawing tablet, and some that can add some cool grunge effects to your artwork. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below!


Photoshop Brush Basics


The first thing to learn about Photoshop is that the program uses black, white and grey to define its brushes. Anything that is white become transparent and anything that is black become 100% opaque. Any grey in between will be a different opacity. These in-between greys can help you create really interesting textures from photographs.

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How To Make Textured/Grunge Photoshop Brushes


1. Choose a patterned picture to make your textured/grunge brush from. Make sure to choose a large image.


2. Desaturate the image (image>adjustments>desaturate) and adjust the levels (image>adjustments>levels). Make sure to leave enough greys in the image to get a range of textures on your final brush.





3. Make sure your background image layer is selected. Using the Lasso tool in the toolbar, make a selection around a good area of texture to create your brush from. Copy this selection.



4. Open a new 2500px x 2500 px document with 180 dpi. Make sure your background is white, as this is what define the unselected area of your brush. Paste your selection into this document.



5. Choose the eraser tool from your toolbar and select the rough bristle brush from the brushes panel. If you do not see it, reset your brushes panel. Use this brush to erase the edges of your selection.




6. Select>All everything on your canvas and then choose Edit>Define Brush Preset. Make sure to give your brush a name. You can start using your brush by choosing it from the Brush panel on any piece of art. Vary the brush size and opacity for unique effects.

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Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes

Using Adobe design tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to create art can be a breeze once you learn the shortcuts – but we know the learning curve is pretty big. Learning tips and tricks from other designers, artists and pros can really help you overcome the learning curve and begin creating some amazing artwork. In this blog, we’ll be showing you how to make some basic Photoshop Brushes that work with your drawing tablet, and some that can add some cool grunge effects to your artwork. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below!


Photoshop Brush Basics


The first thing to learn about Photoshop is that the program uses black, white and grey to define its brushes. Anything that is white become transparent and anything that is black become 100% opaque. Any grey in between will be a different opacity. These in-between greys can help you create really interesting textures from photographs.

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How To Make Textured/Grunge Photoshop Brushes


1. Choose a patterned picture to make your textured/grunge brush from. Make sure to choose a large image.


2. Desaturate the image (image>adjustments>desaturate) and adjust the levels (image>adjustments>levels). Make sure to leave enough greys in the image to get a range of textures on your final brush.





3. Make sure your background image layer is selected. Using the Lasso tool in the toolbar, make a selection around a good area of texture to create your brush from. Copy this selection.



4. Open a new 2500px x 2500 px document with 180 dpi. Make sure your background is white, as this is what define the unselected area of your brush. Paste your selection into this document.



5. Choose the eraser tool from your toolbar and select the rough bristle brush from the brushes panel. If you do not see it, reset your brushes panel. Use this brush to erase the edges of your selection.




6. Select>All everything on your canvas and then choose Edit>Define Brush Preset. Make sure to give your brush a name. You can start using your brush by choosing it from the Brush panel on any piece of art. Vary the brush size and opacity for unique effects.

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Read the rest of this blog here: www.designbyhumans.com/forum/d…
Surreal Tees

Surreal art has been immensely popular in the t-shirt world, especially in the DBH community. Photo editing programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator make creating these bizarre and dreamlike worlds extremely easy and fun. Surrealism is defined as an art style that has the qualities of something surreal, bizarre and containing a mix of fact and fantasy. Think dream-like! Have you ever wondered what your two favorite animals would look like if they were combined? What if your world got turned upside down? There are no limits to surreal design – the weirder the better. Get inspired by the beautiful and strange designs below, and try your hand at some surreal t-shirt designs! (PS. Need more inspiration? Check out famous artists Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miro).



The Spaceman’s Trip by gloopz
What’s this astronaut up to? This spaceman has collected a bunch of planets that resemble balloons. The unique textures of the planets make them look realistic – but are they really? Get your hands on this surreal space design before it’s lost to distant galaxies.


Going where the wind blows by radiomode
Artist radiomode is one of the masters of surrealism in our artist community and this cute design doesn’t disappoint. This surreal design promises a daring journey as this dandelion / hot air balloon blows away in the wind. Looking for an adventure? Look no further! If you need any inspiration – we’d suggest checking out his DBH Collective here


Shark Forest by Artemple
Can you imagine a world where you’d have to worry about sharks in more places than just the ocean?! Neither could we! Or – is this just a massive underwater forest? We can’t tell! This cool surreal t-shirt reimagines a peaceful forest with ferocious sharks and beautiful watercolor sunset. Either way, keep out of the water in this surreal shark tshirt.


The Milky Way by radiomode
Is this what the Milky Way is really made of? Surreal artist radiomode sure thinks so! This adorable illustration / photorealistic combo creates a cute surreal scene in space. All we’re left wondering is where are the cookies!? Grab this foodie, surreal design before its gone.



Dream Theory by ArchanN
This surreal design completely embodies a “dreamlike” design. A combination of bright, wild brushstrokes create an almost impressionistic styled piece of art (think Monet!). A woman’s head is transforming into a burst of colors and birds? We’re not quite sure but the illusions are astounding. Drift into an amazing dream with this surreal design.


More Surreal Designs from Design By Humans



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nickalive Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fav
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BloodInArt Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
ATTENTION BTA MEMBERS!
This is a must read to pls do! <3 thanks

We are trying to spread our involvement in each other's works of beautiful art, literature, and photography. However, there is a wall that is keeping us from each other. We should all be giving feedback to our fellow members who's works we enjoy! How else are they going to know what you, (the viewers) want to see if they aren't getting any feedback? This means commenting, faving, critiquing, any form of feedback you can give to a person, good or bad. This is all done to encourage each other and help one another. If we can spread the word and get everyone to be active and involved with our works then we'll be able to tighten our bonds here on dA and within our group. We will be able to make someone's day with just one favorite, one comment.
Together we can!
Thank you all for reading and I encourage you to share this with your friends and fellow BTA members.
~BloodInArt   
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Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

Hi. wanna join my group called Anti-illuminati-01? anti-illuminati-01.deviantart.…

P.S. The group is about politics in case you were wondering.

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shutter-light Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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For joining we will have a great time:)

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and if you want to be feature just leave your name at the "Group" Poll
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Design-By-Humans Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tip!
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shutter-light Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
np :)
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Nonsensical-Inks Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
I saw that you visited my page, and actually I was reading your guys' website/information last night! Love all that you do. :)
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Design-By-Humans Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Your artwork is really fantastic. Have you ever considered opening up a store on our site? www.designbyhumans.com/become-…
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Nonsensical-Inks Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's pretty flattering. I have considered it.. :)
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Design-By-Humans Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
If you ever have any questions about how the process works, or would like help setting up your account, email us at art@designbyhumans.com. Our team there can walk you through it.
Hope to see you on the site soon!
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