Working with Image-Based Brushes

You can create more interesting and variable brushes by exploring the singular and combined properties of the brush parameters. At this juncture, you’ll learn to use one of the most powerful aspects of Photoshop custom brushes: the ability to use images as the basis of your brush.

Creating a Cloud Brush

To demonstrate this versatile tool, let’s create a production-ready brush for painting clouds. Although you can use a photographic reference of a cloud as the basis of your cloud brush, it’s easy to create the brush from scratch. Go to the Brush Preset Picker, select the Soft Round brush in the default brush set, and customize it by mapping Opacity Jitter, in Transfer, to Pen Pressure. You can follow along with ...

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