How to install and use Photoshop Brush Tool | Basics for Beginners

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

Bring your ideas to Life by mastering Photoshop brush tool. Digital art is an exhilarating medium which gives you more control over your work and by learning a few essential tips and tricks in Photoshop you can conquer the basics and move on towards stunning digital illustrations. I'm a digital artist with 10 years of experience creating digital paintings photo manipulations and more with Adobe Photoshop. So for this course I'll be giving you the best tips I know for overcoming your worries with this incredible flexible tool. You'll finally learn how to blend colors together, how to master the sketch process for sleek and clean designs and also learn where to find cool Photoshop brushes and so much more... Just apply these tips in your spare time and I promise you'll be on your way to the illustrations you've always wanted to create. So let's kick things off with the first lesson dedicated to basic brushes.

Before we begin as someone who's been digitally painting for 10 years I promise that Photoshop brushes don't have to be as hard as they seem, and this course is dedicated to tackling the tool most illustrators and designers. I'll be showing you how to use this tool in various stages of my latest digital painting empathy along with a few general tips for designers and photographers. Repetition and consistency is key for improvement and to get the most out of these concepts you must try them out yourself to work up the muscle memory.

How to install Photoshop Brushes

To start, I'll show you how to install Photoshop brushes and use them in your own work. I'll to show you how to get started awesome tool inside Photoshop - the Brush tool. Simple, versatile yet stunning tool, Photoshop brushes let you accomplish adorable & stunning things with a few couples clicks of your mouse.

Let's get started. So the first step is to download some Photoshop brushes. If you don't have any brushes, grab a set from the great selection available on my website. Usually Photoshop brushes are packaged as a zip file and have .abr file extension. So the first thing that you need to do, create a new folder (for example - my Gorgeous Photoshop Brushes...) and extract the contents... I'll just extract new brushes to my folder. So they're easy to find now there are two main ways to load brushes in Photoshop the first and most simple way is to drag and drop the .abr file into the Photoshop window. Now when I select my brush tool and go into my brushes up, here, you can see that the brush is have been loaded.

So let’s begin… Photoshop will mesmerize you with all the brushes it has available from the massive brush sets you'll find here. You can download our stunning photoshop brushes or you can create your own gorgeous brushes. The selection is so limitless and naturally this can all be very overwhelming enough despite the Staggering amount available all you really need is a few essential brushes already included in your presets. Let's check them out. These brushes are a basic hard round brush a soft round brush a hard round pressure opacity brush and a tapered brush. Get a handle on these first at least until you want to try out different styles or textures.

The hard round brush. Hard round brushes is one with 100% hardness. This means you'll have a brush with solid hard edges which create a choppy round look when layered. Use this brush to fill the base layers of your project to create texture or to make certain details a lot more crisp.

Soft round brushes. Soft brushes can be set at zero percent for a soft edge or just an even higher for a more balanced use a soft round brush for general blending to add atmospheric details and to improve light and shadows.

Hard round pressure opacity brush. This one is my personal favorite. The features of this brush are only available to users with a graphics tablet. I use an in tools draw, but there are many brands available to try out. This brush depends on your pen pressure to decide the amount of color or ink that appears on the screen. Press your pen harder for a deeper more pigmented saturation or lighter for an airy result.

The tapered brush great for illustrators. This brush is exactly what you need to create crisp clean sketches. The tapered end allows your pen tablet to read your pen pressure as the pen flicks up creating a similar result you would get from working on paper. Let's compare it to a basic hard round brush to see the difference. Keep in mind you may start some sketches with other brushes but a tapered one is great for clean final results. For the cleanest sketch possible just be patient even if you have to redraw the same line over and over do it until you're happy with the result.

In the beginning the simple brushes are really all you need. So create a new document and work out a few doodles to help you get started. Let’s move on to the next lesson where we’ll learn how to be more efficient with these brushes in combination with a few layers panel tricks.

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