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Work smarter in Photoshop CC – Custom brushes on the go

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Tips & Tutorials, by Rebecca Greig

Use the Adobe brush CC app to create custom brushes with ease. from wherever you are, ready to use in Photoshop

Make your own brushes

  • Choose a source image

Open the app and click on the ‘+’ icon on the side of the screen. You can then import images that you already have saved to your device, use the in-built camera to snap something new straight into the app or even pick an image from your Creative Cloud files.

When you are happy with the image, click the tick to open it up in the app.

  • Set the target and angle

The first thing you need to do is choose your intended use – select from Adobe Sketch, Illustrator or Photoshop. After selecting Photoshop the app will then greyscale the image ready for using as a custom brush.

You can additionally change the Angle of the brush strokes from the same screen, so you can ensure it flows in the best way.

  • Edit the brush

Next you can crop areas of your image to use for the brush from the Crop section. In Refine, you can determine the white masking areas and manually erase parts of the image.

The section on the right of the screen is for testing the brush, changing the colour, flow and its size.

Finally, you can save the brush, ready for you to use in Photoshop.