How to Make a Brush in Photoshop from an Image

Sometimes you just really like a shape from an image that you wish you can make it a vector and use it on your design, right? That’s totally possible. You can easily crop that cute object out and make it a brush in Photoshop. 

I love using brushes as decorations for my design because they add more fun and personality. Actually, I’ve even created patterns with custom brushes (the smart and easy way!) Anyways, it’s a super useful tool that you should manage if you want to be a Photoshop pro. 

In this tutorial, you’ll learn a simple and quick method to make a custom brush in Photoshop from an image. 

Let’s dive in! 

6 Quick Steps to Make a Brush from an Image in Photoshop

Note: Screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Mac version. Windows and other versions might look slightly different. Windows users change shortcut Command to Ctrl and Option to Alt.

Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop. 

Note: According to Adobe, a brush can be up to 2500 pixels by 2500 pixels in size. So if your image is larger than this size, you’ll need to resize your image. 

Step 2: Go to the overhead menu Image > Adjustments > Threshold

Move the slider to adjust the value until the background is clean. 

Step 3: Use keyboard shortcuts Command + I or go to the overhead menu Image > Adjustments > Invert to invert the image color. So the pineapple is black and the background is white.

Step 4: Select the Magic Wand Tool to click on the background area. Hit the Delete key to remove the background and deselect the object using the keyboard shortcut Command + D.

You might have to zoom in and click on leftover background areas within the image to make fully remove the background. 

Tips: if the object you want to make a brush is not complicated, you can directly click on the object to select and go to the next step. 

Step 5: Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the image area you’re turning into a brush. 

Step 6: Go to the overhead menu Edit > Define Brush Preset 

Name your brush and click OK

Now that you have your new brush set up, wanna see how it looks?

You can find your custom brushes from the top menu when you have your brush tool selected, or you can open the brush panel from Window > Brushes 

You can choose a color, change opacity, flow, and size as you prefer. Try them out! 

Wrapping Up

There are several ways to make brushes from images by manipulating the image adjustments. The method I mentioned in this article is the easiest one for either complicated or simple images.

About June
June is an experienced graphic designer specializing in brand design. Photoshop is the essential tool that she uses every day along with other Adobe programs for her creative work.

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