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How to Create Digital Tie-Dye Stamp Brushes in Photoshop and Procreate

teacher avatar Diane Pascual, Designer | Artist | Online Educator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Photoshop Goal Setting Assignment Skillshare

    • 3. Tools and Equipment

    • 4. Researching on Pinterest

    • 5. Brush Cleanup in Photoshop

    • 6. Setting up Your Brush Document & Test Brushes

    • 7. Saving Brushes One by One

    • 8. Painting Photoshop Brushes from Scratch

    • 9. Importing Brushes into Procreate

    • 10. Procreate Brushes Conversion and Sharing

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About This Class

Video 1: Introduction Video


Video 2: Goal Setting and Class Project

  • PDF Worksheet Included on Goal Setting on identifying what kind of brushes you want to create
  • Class project will be to create five to ten Photoshop Brush Stamps, you will research and figure out what style, shape, and type that you will create.


Video 3: Tools and Equipment

  • You can use any kind of watercolor paints, simple brushes, and I recommend getting a Watercolor pad of paper or sketchbook to paint on. If you are interested in painting your own brushes.
  • Check out this list of recommended tools and art supplies here:


Video 4: Pinterest Boards 

  • Make an account or jump into your existing account.
  • Create boards of what you are inspired by and you can create based on some of the references you find.


Video 5: Brush Cleanup in Photoshop

  • You can take a photo or scan your brush paintings.
  • Open your brush photos in Photoshop
  • Turning the photo into black and white so that we can save the image black and white.
  • Go to Image > Adjustments > Black and White to turn photo and brushes into black and white
  • Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels to adjust the contrast and brightness of the image
  • Select the Magic Wand Tool to remove excess parts of the image that you want to delete
  • Select Similar to delete areas quicker
  • Save a copy of your file

Shortcuts in Photoshop on Keyboard:

  • V for Move tool in Photoshop
  • W for Magic Wand
  • L for Lasso Tool
  • Hold down shift on the Keyboard to add areas to delete
  • CMD + D on the keyboard to deselect when the Magic Wand or Lasso Tool is selected
  • CMD + Delete to delete areas selected by Magic Wand or Lasso Tool (or CTRL + Delete on a PC)
  • CMD + J to duplicate a layer


Video 6: Setting up your Brush Document and Testing Brushes

  • Setting up a new document > File > New > Square document: 2500 px by 2500 px at 72 DPI 
  • Open up the cleaned-up version of your other brush document file, use the lasso tool to copy the shape CMD + C (CTRL + C on PC) and paste CMD + V into the new document and paste it into a new layer.
  • Paste the shapes into separate layers
  • CMD + T to Transform the shape and resize the image, or rotate to 90 degrees by clicking CTRL + click on your mouse or right-clicking on your mouse
  • Use the brushes to delete areas of the brush you don't want
  • Drip paintbrush included to paint or delete areas
  • You can adjust the transparency/ opacity of the brush to erase or paint in softly, you can also change the brush mode to CLEAR to turn any brush into an eraser.
  • Erasing and cleaning up areas so that you can have other brushes bleed together
  • To remove guides CMD + ;
  • To Define a Brush Preset, Edit > Define Brush Preset. Make sure the background layer is off, to save the brush preset--the background must be transparent.
  • To Create a Folder for your brushes, just go to your brush palette and create a folder by clicking the icon.

Video 7: Saving Brushes One by One

  • Copying brush shapes one by one into separate layers, use the Lasso Tool > press CMD or CTRL + C to copy the shape and CMD + V to paste into the layer of the new document you created.
  • Give each brush name a similar file path Ink Blot_01, Ink Blot_02, etc.
  • Once you are done with creating each brush, you can export the entire set by going to Export brushes in the top-right icon of the brush palette.
  • Upload the .abr file to Dropbox or app of your choice.

Video 8: Painting Photoshop Brushes from Scratch

  • File document size 2500 px by 2500 px at 72 DPI
  • Create layers for each separate brush shape
  • Go to Brush Palette and click on the icon at top right corner, click on get more brushes and it will bring you to the Adobe website.
  • Learn more about Kyle's brushes on the Adobe website here: Kyle Brushes
  • You can use Adobe brushes to paint in the shapes of the brushes you want to create.
  • You can also find reference images online or check out Pinterest for inspiration
  • You can use the Lasso Tool to move shapes around to get the brush shape you want and Transform the pieces and increase or decrease the size.
  • Create a layer above the reference image and paint on the top layer
  • Block in the shapes first and then to define the shape, you can always go darker or erase parts of the shape
  • To use any brush as an eraser, click on Brush Mode and choose Clear.
  • Play with the opacity of the brush shape and create contrast for the brush shape so that it doesn't all look the same and have a little bit of variation.


Video 9: Importing Brushes into Procreate

  • Upload your finished brush set file .abr onto Dropbox or an online drive of your choice.
  • Download IC Brushes App onto your iPad
  • Open the .abr brush file into the IC Brushes App
  • Once you open it, it should be a set of brush images into on square, Click on Export to save all images and it will save them onto your Photos app on your iPad.
  • Setting up the layers in Procreate for each image/shape into its own separate layer
  • Go to wrench icon on top left in Procreate, Add > Insert a photo and look for the first image
  • Resize the image and pinch with your fingers to fit the bounding box as big as the canvas, overlapping the canvas so that when we invert the image, there will be no white space.
  • Tap on the layer and tap to invert image to have the shape with black background, then export your image one by one - converting all the brushes with a black background. This new brush shape photo with the black background will be what you import back into Procreate to create the actual brush.
  • The other way to open the .abr file from Dropbox to Procreate, you can export the file and open it into Procreate - this way should be used if you are not making stamp brushes because the size and shape will not be true to the way you originally created the file.


Video 10: Procreate Brush Conversion and Sharing

  • Importing the brush back into Procreate, go to your brushes > create a new set of brushes, then add a new brush by pressing the + 
  • Then you go to Shape > Import > look for the first image with the black background
  • Brush Settings > Dynamics and change speed > Change Scale 75% (optional)
  • Go to Properties > Click on Use Stamp Preview
  • Go to Brush Behavior and increase the size of the brush to however large you'd like
  • Preview 30%, Turn on Luminance blending, Smudge 0%
  • About the brush: give it a name and sign your brush
  • Once you are finished with creating each brush: Export the set by clicking on Share > export and save to Dropbox or whatever app you want to save it to.

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Diane Pascual

Designer | Artist | Online Educator


I am Designer and Illustrator. Originally from San Diego, I am inspired by surf & skate culture, tie-dye shirts, and hand drawn black and white illustrations. I have been a graphic artist and illustrator for over 10 years. I studied and have a bachelor's in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California - San Diego and received an MFA in Visual Development/2D Animation from the Academy of Art University San Francisco.

I also have taught classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Currently a digital nomad, splitting my time in San Francisco and Reno working remotely on art and client work. 


I create digital tie-dye patterns and artwork and sell them on print on

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome. In this course, I'll teach you how to create Photoshop brushes from scratch, and how to convert them into the appropriate app to use on your iPad. I'm Diane, I'm a graphic designer in digital tie-dye pattern maker. I've created some of the most popular and best selling tie-dye brushes on Creative Market. And I've created hundreds of patterns using a custom set of brushes. If you're a designer or creative wanting to learn how to create a set of brushes, not only to help you optimize your workflow and design process, but to also help you to quickly design. Then this course is for you. I'll also walk you through how to use the custom set of brushes on the procreate App and some tips and tricks along the way. So go ahead and click the enroll button, and let's get started. 2. Photoshop Goal Setting Assignment Skillshare: Hey guys, welcome back to this video. In this video, I didn't want to talk about goal-setting. What kind of ideas do you have as far as creating brushes in Photoshop? So I'm going to walk you through a few different ways and then we'll talk about the different techniques that I've prepared for you in this course series. And then you can pick the one that resonates with you. I'm so before you just jump into making brushes, we wanna think about what the end goal is in mind for creating these brushes, right? Are you creating them to ink artwork or are you creating them for digital painting? Are you going to be painting, you know, compositions and drawings and Photoshop. I want you to think about these things and also are you creating them to achieve a certain looker style? Maybe there's, you know, some abstract watercolor paintings that are trending on Pinterest or somewhere that you want to recreate, whatever it is that you do you want to create. I do want you to kind of identify those things. And I've prepared a worksheet for you to fill out after you watch this video. And then hopefully from there, you can figure out and kinda give you a little direction on what to create. Write o for the class assignment, we are going to create five to ten Photoshop brushes. So it'll be up to you to decide what kind of shapes you want to create. They don't necessarily have to be watercolor brushes or tie dye. That can be anything you want. For me. I actually create tie-dye brushes in Photoshop. So the reason I started doing these is because I wanted to create tie-dye patterns. I wanted a way to speed up the process of making pattern. Whether you're taking this class to create patterns or even taking this class to create Photoshop brushes, whatever it is, I hope that you get a lot out of this course. Also, go ahead and fill out the worksheet and I'll see you in the next video. We're gonna talk about how to research on Pinterest and how to create mood boards and all of that. Alright guys, thinks. 3. Tools and Equipment: Hey guys. So before you get started on creating Photoshop brushes in Photoshop, if you're deciding on creating them from scratch, I do have a couple of ideas to help you get started. You can actually paint watercolor, washes onto watercolor paper. And I can give you the basics. And to that I'm not gonna go into painting watercolors in this video, but I do want to give you an idea of the equipment and tools I have to get you started. And literally, you can go to Target Michaels or any arts and crafts store and that carry watercolor brushes. Watercolors, you can even get the cheap kind. It doesn't really matter. All you're doing is creating shapes and there's no right or wrong way to do this. So here I have a couple of different really old brushes from the days I used to paint. I've probably had these brushes for over ten years now when I went to grad school and I actually studied 2D animation, visual development at the Academy of Art. I can't even say it anymore. Yeah. Now I just have my own business and I saw it work on Creative Market. And I just create every day. And so I really love what I do and I hope to start teaching you some of the tools and techniques that I now, yeah, it doesn't matter. I would not spend a lot of money on paint brushes. You can even order them on Amazon. Yes. So and then the other thing that I was going to suggest is getting some watercolors. I have something kind of like this. Super old. It's like a little watercolour paint box I got when I was at a Comic-Con ten years ago because see, you can totally do that. And then the other one that I have is this inexpensive paint box. It's a Gliese glitter at oh, no, I got it at Michael's, I think a couple of years ago. Who so it doesn't really matter. It just depends on what kind of effect you want to get. Like I said, there's no right or wrong way to do this. I also have a mole skin. This is a watercolor sketch book. So you can, it doesn't have to be mole skin. You can get whatever watercolors sketchbook. And I would suggest getting a watercolor sketch book just so that you can see the grains. So like for example, these are the brushes that I recently made and I'm going to walk you through how to clean this up and Photoshop, you can see that I've created different shapes. And then also I did want to show you some old like shapes that I am made maybe a couple years ago to help me get started. So they could even be as simple as making shapes that look like this, doesn't matter what color you use because we're going to convert these into black and white and then we're going to clean them up. And I will show you step-by-step on how to clean that up. And then the last thing I did want to show you, if you want to be a professional Photoshop brush maker, or to just have like really nice, clean quality brushes that you can reuse over and over. I would suggest investing on a week com into woes tablet. It's really small. I'll link everything under this video. I think it's like $50 and under now, but it comes with a pen. You can get the wireless version, but I have the one that actually it has the USB thing to it. So I think the wireless version is even cheaper now, I think it's like 46 or something like that on Amazon, but it really helps when I'm actually cleaning up the Photoshop brushes. So after you create the watercolor brushes, if you're doing that, then you would have to clean them up in Photoshop. So that's kind of the process. And then if you are making inking brushes, I do have a couple of suggestions. You can get a bunch of your favorite inking brushes all link everything on Amazon if you don't already have these supplies. But honestly, you can use any, any kind of inking brushes. And then there's gonna be another tutorial in this course on how to make inking brushes. That'll be like a separate video and we'll do that as well. And so I did want to show you some stuff that I ain't the other day. So you can kinda play with the shapes, come up with different ideas. You kinda get the hand. Yeah, and I'll show you how to turn them into Photoshop brushes that you can reuse for your drawings or paintings. So I'll see you in the next video. 4. Researching on Pinterest: Hey guys, welcome back. In this video, we're gonna go over Pinterest boards, doing some research on Pinterest, creating some themes and that kind of thing. And this is also a good way to do some research. Also, if you're not sure about what's already out there, I mean, there's no shame in recreating something that you are inspired by. But I would say altering the images. There's no shame in either recreating something that you've seen online. So no big deal as long as you don't copy it like directly, right? So what I wanted to go over is Pinterest, how to look for a specific thing. If you're new to Pinterest, go ahead and make an account or if you already have one, Let's go ahead and jump into creating a board. But what we'll do is we'll create a brand new board. So right now, I'm really interested in watercolor, abstract wall art. So let's go ahead and create watercolor abstract art. So go ahead and create this board. And then the cool thing about Pinterest is that it kind of knows what you're looking for. You know, populate some stuff that's already out there on Pinterest. So you could just start saving some of these images, inspiration. And then you can kinda look through and see what other people are doing. And then you can figure out what you want to create based on some of the inspiration found. So yeah, I'm just gonna go through some of these and pin them to my board just so that I can have some references to look out when I'm recreating some stuff. One of the things that I will walk you through in this course series is to create your own brushes from scratch. And you can do that either watercolors, you can do it with ink. And it doesn't matter what color it is because we're actually going to convert these images to black and white. And then when you're ready to use them as brushes, you can choose whatever color you want. In Photoshop, I just went ahead and chose some really cool stuff in. You can also choose pins based on composition as well. And so that's why he welcome back. So jumping in from the last time that I recorded this video, I just wanted to add that going on, Pinterest is kind of a good way to stimulate some ideas that you have. Maybe you were thinking about something you saw somewhere. This could be a great way to visually look at things. To get inspired to kind of come up with some really cool ideas that hopefully you can use to creating your brushes. So hopefully this video gave you some insight and I hope you find something that you're inspired to cre. I'll see you in the next video, guys. 5. Brush Cleanup in Photoshop: Hey guys, welcome back. So in this video, we are going to clean up some brushes and I'll kind of walk you through step by step on how to easily you do this in Photoshop. So assuming that you actually painted some watercolors, watches, what you can actually do is you take a photo of your page, kind of like how I've shown here. And so you don't really need a scanners that don't even worry about it. You can lay your sketchbook flat and position your camera just above over your sketch. But once you've set this to yourself, e-mail that to yourself from your phone. You can go ahead and open it up in Photoshop. And what you'll do first is we'll double-click the layer backgrounds and then hit OK. And then what we're gonna do here is we're just going to clean up this image. So the first thing that we can do is crop this image. So none of this stuff here on the sides are showing. And so we can press C for the crop tool or you can go to the Tools panel here and click on the crop tool. So we'll go ahead and just kind of like crop it in just a little bit closer, just so we don't have all this excess stuff rounded showing and see here this is totally fine. And then to switch through the tools and be on our keyboard for the actual move. The next thing that we wanna do here, like I mentioned in the previous videos, it's okay to paint whatever color you want, because in the end we're going to just completely turn this black and white. You have to actually do that so that when you save these shapes as Brush patterns and you'll be able to, and you'll see why. So we'll go ahead and go to the image, and then we'll go to adjustments, and then we'll go to black and white. Really important, they can do this and then we'll hit OK. And then the next thing that I wanna do is go to image. We're gonna go to adjustments again, and this time we're gonna go to levels. We can drag this little marker here and go up and down. So depending on how much contrast you want the shapes to have. So I mean, if I leave it this way, it's going to be super light. Whatever effect you're going with where the actual brush shapes, then you can most certainly believe it as a very light contrast. But if you want a little bit more of a darker contrast, I would move this marker just a little bit further out and then hit OK. The next thing that I wanna do is we can take the magic wand tool and we can select the areas around there. Go ahead and click on this to delete this area. And you can also hold down shift on your keyboard and then click on the areas that you so you want to delete. And so sometimes it gets a little bit tedious to do this, but I promise you it'll be worth it in the end to have a little bit more patients because that way you can create unique, nobody else has. So you can go ahead and press Delete on your keyboard, and then you could do Command Z or Control D for de-select. What I would actually do is I would create a layer and put it underneath. Button will do the white. So I did that by pressing command, Delete on my keyboard. If you have a Mac or a PC, it's control, delete, and back to the clean-up layer that we're on. And you can also use the lasso tool. You can select the areas quickly that you just want to delete. So another tip and that I would recommend is clicking on an area that you know, that has the same saturation. So what we'll do is select similar. It'll select all of these areas, but you can't get too. So you kinda get the gist, can just keep cleaning this up. So when you finally finished cleaning this up, it should look something like this. And we want to save a copy of this just in case we mess up. But in the next video, I'm gonna show you how to separate the shapes into separate layers and get our files prepped so that way we can start saving our brush that. Alright, I'll see you in the next video. 6. Setting up Your Brush Document & Test Brushes: I write eight. Welcome back. So in this video, we are going to prepare our brush document file. Let's go ahead and prepare our Rush file documents. So what we'll do is we'll go to File New and then we'll create a custom 2500 by 2500 pixels, 72 DPI. And we can leave it at that. So that's pretty much the standard size and resolution for a brush file. So if you create it a little bit more than 2500 by 2500 pixels across. So this is a square documents. So if you create it a little bit bigger than that, you're going to have to like, keep resizing it down in your document when you do want to use them. So I would suggest 2500 by 2500, but you can always size up if you need to do that. Let's go ahead and create this. And then we'll go ahead and just start praying a few layers. And we'll go back to our other brush document. And so we'll start with using the lasso tool. So I'm just going to trace around this and it doesn't have to be perfect. And again, definitely clean it up once we're here. So depending on how you want the brushes to look. So you want it horizontal, like this, so I will keep it this way. The other thing you can do is also to put some markers so that we get like, you know, the middle and two, kind of resize them in a similar way. So we'll just do that. And then we can press V and command T4, the transform tool. And you can resizes however you want, if you want to keep it here as a horizontal brush, we can definitely do that. Or I think what I wanna do is I want this to be vertical. So I'm gonna go ahead and resizes at 90 degrees. Enter. And then you'll see that there's a couple of different dirty spots around the brush. So you can do a little bit of a cleanup by going to the eraser tool. And then for this I'll just go to the general brushes and use the right and left brackets to size down the brush. So go ahead and delete hurt service. They need dealt winds. Okay, so now that we're here, we can also soft in the edges of this fresh so that it's not so harsh when we use it for certain compositions or patterns or art that we want to create. So I've actually included a bonus number eight drip paint, and I use this to hint with and erase with. So this time I have the Eraser tool selected and to soften the edges, I typically use this brush and I would typically lower down the capacity to like about 30% depending on what kinda look your training get. And then to remove the guides, I do commend semicolon to get rid of them so I don't have that bothering me while I pains so we can soften the edges a little bit. And then we can stamping to get some transparent and opaque areas, especially the sides. And then you can evade, decrease the size of this brush. So we'll just go ahead and do this. And it's totally up to you what kind of effect you want to get if you want to leave it as is, you can. But I definitely love to do a little bit of light fading out the edges just so that when I put it up against another brush, the colors will bleed through a little bit. It just depends on the look you're trying to get. So and then I'll increase this brush size and then I'll go a little bit lower in capacity just so that I don't get too much deleted and erased out. So I'll kinda just go over it a little bit and then stamp it in. Just so that I get a variation. So we'll go ahead and define this as a Brush Preset, especially if you want to test out the brushes before you go through and save all of the other shapes. So we'll turn off the background layer. And then we'll go to Edit, Define, Brush Preset. And then we'll just do whatever you want. And then turn the background layer back on. Turn your original brush layer off, Create a new layer. And then we'll use a different color to kinda test this out. So, oh, and then make sure your opacity is at a 100%. It make sure you're on the brush, brush tool as well. And so when that happens, it'll go back to the last brush that you use. So you want to go all the way down. The newest brushes are always they've done the bottoms. So just as an FYI. So we'll go ahead and stamp this. And that's looking kinda cool. I mean, the reason I do this to test it out is to see if at all actually look okay with other colors and shapes. And then we have our original file just in case we want to make changes to it as well. And so you can see the different parts of this brush that I actually erased out like over here and on the sides. And then so if we choose another color, vicious, This is super random, and then press B for brush, and then we'll just create a new layer. And then you can kinda see how that bleeds and together, especially if you're making a watercolor brushes, you want to see how they will look together. And so you can always change the blend mode for the layer to get a different kind of backed. And then you can also press Command J to duplicate beliefs. If you want a little bit more intense with intense colors, then you can definitely do that. Otherwise, it's gonna look opaque like this. So if you're thinking like, Oh wait, this brush looks a little too opaque. So I'm gonna go back to my original brush layer and we'll duplicate it. So you can press Command J to duplicate it. And then what we can do is we can highlight these two layers. And we'll go ahead and right-click. And we'll go to merge layer. So what this will actually do is too dark in the brush. So we can save it again a second time. And we can notice the difference just so that you can get an idea of how to see these brushes. Especially if you think, Oh, it's not looking right, it's a little too transparent. I wanted a little bit darker, so we'll go ahead and save this 12 and we'll compare the difference. So I will turn that off and we'll turn this layer on. And so that's the original opaque when, let's say we just painted right next to it. So you can kinda tell the difference. It's a little bit darker on the right. So this is a great way to start testing out your brushes. For each shape. We're going to copy each of these shapes one-by-one using the lasso tool. And then we're going to separate them into separate layers. So once you've cleaned up all of the brushes in its separate layers, we'll go ahead and move on to saving the brushes one-by-one. 7. Saving Brushes One by One: Now that we're here, we've got this really clean file. And so what we're gonna do is we're actually going to copy this one by one into a new document. We're also going to organize the layers and I'll show you how to add, define the brush presets one by one as well. Alright, so this is my brush composition. So this is kind of like how save the brush files. And so I kinda leave it as the last thing. But before we start saving the brushes, let's go ahead and make sure we have the brushes palette open. The cool thing about Photoshop is that you can actually create these folders. You weren't able to do them in previous versions of Adobe Photoshop. But it's super cool now that you can have folders and you can separate the different brush sets. So I'm just gonna go ahead and close out these other ones. Yeah, these are actually the brush sets that I have in cell on Creative Market. I'll link down below in case you're interested in taking a look at them. But anyways, so what we wanna do is click this folder link down below. And we're gonna give that a name. Whatever name you want to give your brush set. So I am just going to label this as watercolor of volume two. Ok, so now, now that we have that, we're gonna go through each of these separate layers and we're going to save each of these different brushes one-by-one. And I'm gonna show you how to do that. So the first one we have here, so this one's a little bit faded and it's up to you how far you either want to erase the brushes, make it look a little bit more opaque and transparent. Or if you want to give them like a harder look, that's totally up to you. It's up to you, the brush creator to create however you want your brushes to look like. And so what we're actually gonna do is we're going to turn off the bottom layer, which is the solid white background and, and make sure you're on the actual layer for the brush. I know you can't see it. But now we're gonna go to Edit and we're gonna go to Define Brush Preset. So it's weird because it saves the file name dot PTSD. So we're just going to delete that and do water color Volume two, however you want to name your brush set. So I'm just going to give it this file path brush. And I'm going to copy it while I have it highlighted so that I could just repeat the steps over and over. And this kind of help speed up the process. I'm all about optimizing your workflow and design process. So I'm gonna go ahead and click okay. So now we have this and we can put it into this folder. And then we'll go ahead and turn this off, go to the second one. And if you need to kinda double-check to see if you like it, then you can turn on the background layer. If not, just turn it off, assuming that you went through and cleaned up all of these brushes will just go through each of them one by one. So let's go ahead and go to Edit. And we're gonna go to Define Brush Preset. And then again we're going to click on on Command V and then just change the second numerical as just so that we can speed up the process. And I'm just gonna do a time-lapse of this here so that you don't have to go through the process. Okay? So when you finally save your brushes in one-by-one, it, you should have a folder containing all of your brushes in one particular folder so you can see how I've named them. And the file path is just super easy. And just in case you wanted to share this with other people or you're using them on a tutorial video and you want a name to refer something back to. I would suggest naming these brushes so that you don't get them mixed up. And so now that we're done and we've organized this into a folder, what we can actually do is will export this into a dot ABR brush file. So we'll go to the icon at the top right corner, and we'll go to export selected brushes. And then what we'll do is we'll save them on the desktop or give them a name. And so we can name this whatever you like, modern water color for this one, I've actually already created this. So I'm just gonna do test lips. And then click Save. And then if you want to go ahead and skip to the next section on converting these Photoshop rushes into procreate brushes. You're more than welcome to do that. However, the next video in this section is painting brushes from scratch in digitally. You might want to watch this video and just so that you can have a different option of creating the brushes right into Photoshop instead of actually doing the watercolors watches or doing them by hand. So we'll see you in the next video. 8. Painting Photoshop Brushes from Scratch: Hey guys and welcome back. And so in this tutorial video, we're going to talk about painting Photoshop brushes from scrap. So before we get started and let's go ahead and set up a file and we're going to go to New and then make sure that we set up the file for 2500 by 2572 DPI, RGB color. And you could just go down to Lake EBIT. Anything more than that is going to slow down your processing system. So I would just stick with eight bits, since the brushes that we are creating are going to be black and white. Anyway, let's go ahead and create your document. So I'm actually going to work from an existing document that I have already set up. But you can do this on your own. You can go ahead and create layers. And what we're going to do is to paint from Scratch before we do any painting, let's go ahead and open up the brush pallet. And I want you to click on the icon at the top right corner. And we're going to go to get more Prussians. So this is actually going to bring you to the Adobe website. So I just want to walk you through this. I use Kyle's brushes and you can kind of see the different kinds of they have to offer. And this is free if you have the Adobe subscription, this is a great idea and this allows you to create different kinds of effects with the brushes that you're going to create from scratch. So depending on what you want to me, in what you want to create, as far as like brushes, you can certainly use some of these as well. Once you decide on like say, hey, you wanted to download some art markers and go ahead and do that. And the way that you would install it. And so I would see this, let's just say I saved it on my desktop and then we'll go to a brush pallet and we'll go to Import brushes, and then let's locate the document. So there are markers and then we'll go to open. And then you should see them the very bottom. So whatever the newest brushes, uh, you have imported, they'll end up on the bottom. So this is a good way to test out the existing brushes so that you can kind of see what effect you'll get with them. So for example, creating a new layer. But she's test this out and see how it itself, that's kinda cool. So I actually have brushes that I like using. These ones are actually having used at all yet. But you can kind of get a feel of what kind of effect we're going to give you. And as always, you can. So use the left and the right brackets on your keyboard to increase and decrease the size of the brush so that you can block out bigger areas as well. And you can most certainly changed the opacity and then you'd get something lighter. And you can also change the flow and then you'll get something that girl like that. But I think this was set at 15%. So it's a little bit like smoother path piling on the brushes. Okay? So what I actually want to bring you through is you can pick up some reference images. So like I had here and I'll show you the reference image of something that. I recently created, so I wanted to create the spiral here, this red part here. And so what I actually ended up doing was painting it in on my own. And so I would create a layer over it so you could put the reference image of the layer underneath. And you can do that by cutting it out from the original image. And you can take the lasso tool so that you can only copy parts that you want to actually reference. So let's go ahead and pick a brush to draw with, assuming that you've downloaded Kyle's brushes from the Adobe website array. So I actually use Isles paper. And I'm not sure if this is on the Adobe, but I had bought some of his old brushes when he used to sell on Creative Market. So I really like this set because there's a bunch of different brushes that you can experiment with. So I use a combination of the oil soft edge. I'll also use the oil-rich. See, what I wanna do now is to take a reference image and just to give you an example of something I've created before, I'll show you kind of a reference image of a heart. So this is something that I wanted to create. So I wanted to create this circular tie-dye, adds a branch so that I can make this designs. So what I did was just paint over the actual reference image, but you're not gonna get the exact same thing since we're painting and poetry. And so let's just go ahead and start. All right, so here's a reference image, something that I wanted to create. And so what I'll do is I'll put a layer above the reference image. And I'll painted in black so that I can kind of see the shapes. So what I wanna do is I want to repeat this orange sheath, this circular shape. What I normally do is I'll start off with just a little lighter brush, 53%, and then we can work darker or erase as we go. I'll start off with like walking in the shapes are a little bit and then we can define them if you want to add a little bit more detail to them as well. Let's just say we wanted to make this shape and this is kind of similar to how I create most of the brushes shapes that is cell on Creative Market as well. And then we'll just keep on going this way. By all means they used to reference and we can always get to the shape that we're going for. So the reason I started doing this, creating brushed shapes so that I can make my own tie dyed shirts digitally and solve them on society six and when bubble and then I realized I like making the brushes because it was so fine. And I know it's teas work. It's not for everyone. But if you had wanted to, not only just create these brushes for yourself, but if you had wanted to. Share them with other people and you know, hopefully sell it on your own shop if you're planning on doing that for so this is one of the brushes that i use. You can use other stuff like this Oil version and use it to delete. So if you take a regular brush and go back up to the mode, you can click on clear. And you can view race on areas where you think you need a break of the space or you just want like some white space in between and not have the brushes looks so exact to give it like that slight variation today is all about variation of shapes. There's no right or wrong way to do. So. I would just experiment even if you aren't taking this course to create a tie-dye brush, these principles can still apply to other brushes that you're looking on creating for Photoshop, you can Tweet this as much as you like. You can add to it, you can make this darker. What I would even do is I will go back down to maybe 20% and I would make the brush a little bit larger. And I delete in between just so that you get like different contrasts and some of the shapes. So some of them will a little bit more transparent. So yeah, you can create the brushes however you want. And I'm just like doing this quickly to give you a sense of some of the things that I've done with creating some brush sets that I saw on Creative Market. Okay, so you can get as detailed as you want with creating these brushes. So I think I'm pretty happy with what I'm seeing here. And again, you can use the lasso tool to take apart some of these shapes like so for example, this is looking a little bit weird. So what I'll do is I'll do Command Z or Control T to transform. And I'll move some of these parts down because I'm feeling like, Oh, it looks a little too weird. And again, you know, you can always adjust the shapes around to fit the look you're going for. And so let's just say you like it like this. We can move some of these elements around it as well, just so that you get variation in sheep's. So that's kind of cool like that, can move it around. You can even make the shapes a little bit smaller. So just going in and I do this with a lot of the brushes I create as well. I just take the shapes and then shrink it down a little bit and move it around to get that exact shape that I'm doing for us. If you're trying to create like a pattern and you want some premade shapes. This is a good way to work on things really quickly. So through working on three different things, you might as well make a brush so that in Work on like power and conditions really efficiently. Um, so let's just say, ok, so this area here is looking a little bit weird. So what I'll do is cut this out and transform the sheep again, leave it this way. And then you'll find that you might want to repeat some elements. So for example, if I wanted to shape here, I'll just use the lasso tool and then command C or control copy. And then you can either do that and command V to paste. But what I like to do is I'll hold down command and press Alt. And so what that holding down the button and then Command T to move it this way just so that I have that space filled out and it doesn't looks, doesn't want awkward. And then you can resize the sheep power that you weigh. And then I use the arrows on my keyboard to the shapes around as well. We can go ahead and test this out to see how it looks like. So now we want to make this into a brush. So make sure the brush layer that you want to turn into a brush, your clicked on that same exact layer. So what we'll do now is we'll turn off the bottom layer and turn this off, make sure nothing else is on so that you don't mess up with your brush. Make sure you're on that same exact layer that you created, the brush width and then turning off other layers. Ok, so now that we've turned off the layer and making sure that we're on the correct layer for the brush that we want to define. So we'll go to Edit and we'll go to Define Brush Preset, and then we'll do test spiral, O2, whatever you want to name it. And then you can create a bottom layer underneath it and turn this off. And then what we could do is we can create several layers just so that we can test this out. So I'll create the weight version of this layer instead, we'll paint the brush on the top layer. And so you could just click. So that's really cool. So this is kind of like how I create most of my brushes. And so if you wanted to make more changes and you're like, okay, I don't really like the way the slugs still have your original brush layer you can do is you can also use the smudge tool to pick apart and very up these brush soups and just so that they blend together when you're painting them. And I like to create brushes together just so that I can see how they would meet together on the pattern and how they would look in a composition. So you don't want to recreate this whole thing. Like say you wanted to create another brush. What I would do is I would press Command J to duplicate the layer and then take that layer and resize it down. And then you can kind of do this to see how this brush would fit inside. And I can show you how to do that as well. So say for example, I wanted another shape to go in there. And so obviously from this is looking a little bit funky. But what you can do is start off this way and then use the lasso tool to delete some of these parts that you don't want. So what I'll do is I'll just get rid of this whole entire thing. And then I command you to do select. And then I'll take this area in here and then move it down Command T and just resize it down. And then this way you can increase the science and the xi. So you can keep doing that until you get that specific shape that you do want. So for example, I can take these three and move it this way. So this is just like recessive elimination, resizing things and trying to figure out if this goes together. And obviously, this is not exactly like a true round rush. So you can have some issues. You can always adjust accordingly to however you want things to look. So I'm just gonna move that down. And then you can pick some of his stuff back in here. Or what you can do is I would go in my original layer and I were copies some of these shapes so that you're not creating it from scratch. And they would do Command C and a plan B and then Command T to this. And there your habit over here, and make sure that if you're copying and editing, he says from the different layers that you merge the layers together, right? So for example, if I wanted to create a brush that's kinda like this, loops. So that it kind of looks like it might fit with this and make sure that this, these two layers are going to be merged together. So you can just right-click and go to merge layers so that they become one. And then another thing you can do is you can also copy other shapes so that you can fill them in. You can hold down command and all commands. He put this around, okay, a little bit smaller. And so depending on what you wanna do with this, so I mean, there's obviously areas here that you can definitely edit out. Again, you can use any of these brushes to erase or to add onto the shape and to paint them in. And then when you're done with all of the brush shapes that you want, you can go ahead and convert them one by one by going to define Brush Preset. And then once you have all of your brushes that you want in a set, so for example, which is go back up here to one of the brush sets that it created. So I actually ended up putting this in a folder so you could not do this back in the day when I started making brushes, maybe four years ago, there was like no feature as far as like creating a folder or a group and then putting those brush streets into a folder. So this is actually pretty new and it's super cool because you can keep track of the different sets. So there's a lot of different brushes I've created over the years. This is a good way to get organized with brushes. So this is a new brush set that I recently released a couple weeks ago. Creative Market sharp, it's ink blot, tie-dye brushes, Volume two, and it's super cool. I created a set, volume one a couple of years ago when I first started out. And then other people have emailed me, message MY last couple minds and they're like, Hey, you know, I really like your brushes. Can you make some more? And so I actually started adding on different shapes. These are super fine curves. If you have different colors, you can kinda see how. And they can bleed together. And it makes it fun that way too. So a lot of the things that I do is creating layers on top of layers. And so that way, you can change the blend mode to multiply. Or you can do Color Burn depending on how you want it to look like. And so it's fun. I mean, this is the reason why I agreed brushes because I like to get different shapes. I like to meet different kinds of patterns and different patterns that so, yeah, hopefully this tutorial video was helpful for you. And so I'll see you in the next video. 9. Importing Brushes into Procreate: Hey guys, welcome back. In this video, I want to walk you through on how to import your dot ABR Photoshop rushes into your iPad Pro and then opening them up into procreate. So first things first, makes sure that you upload your dot ABR file into either Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud, whatever your preferences. And then we're going to download them onto our iPad Pro. But for the purpose of this video, I've actually uploaded my dot AVR file into Dropbox. Once you've uploaded your dot ABR file into your Dropbox, what you're gonna do is you're actually going to download this app called icy brushes. Okay, so once you've downloaded the IC brushes app, and I find that it's easier because it'll save your dot ABR files as PNG and it'll automatically have a white background around it. And I've tried other ways where I have saved the Photoshop brushes one-by-one as PNG or JPEG files. I don't know for some reason it just doesn't work. And so I kinda researched a bunch of different things. And then I finally found this app and it seemed to work. So I tried it, it works. And so I recommend doing it this way, especially if you're craning stamp brushes. So this is going to be more so on creating stamp brushes in procreate. And there's like another way. And I know that procreate lets you import your dot ABR brushes directly into procreate. And I'll show you what the difference is. But for this one, for stamp brushes, especially if you're gonna make sand pressures, this is the way to do it. And so you can go to import and then you could just browse for your files. So in this case, I've already looked for my brush file. And so it's actually this first square right here, so it's actually saved it. And so what you're gonna do is once that's highlighted, the blue area, you're gonna click on export. And then you're going to do is save all images. And then that way that should save all of them into your photos. So you'll see that it saved all of the ink blot brushes. And so I've actually done this already. And it just created a second one because this is the second time I'm doing this to show you guys. But anyways, once you have those there, we're actually going to import these brushes as separate images one by one. And we're going to set up the layers and procreate that way. So let's go ahead and get out of here. Lets go in open, procreate. Okay, so once you've gotten procreate open, so what you're actually going to do is you're gonna create layers. And so you're going to separate the images one by one in separate layers. So this is kind of like the process to do it, especially if you're creating stamp brushes. So we'll go to this wrench icon at the top left next to gallery. So we'll click on that and we'll go to add, insert a photo. And then we want to locate the first one that we're actually going to import. So I can start from the bottom or somewhere where you think you'd want to start from, salacious, go ahead and pick this one right here. And then what you're actually gonna do is you're going to resize the image. And so you could just kinda pinch with your fingers. And you can take the corners. You can take the corners of this bounding box and you can resize the image as big as the canvas. So that's kind of like what you wanna do and make sure you're overlapping a little bit and I'll show you why. So once you're done, you want to overlap because we're going to invert these images. So we'll go back to tap on the image icon and then we're gonna go to invert. And so this is kind of how you want the image to be. And so once you get that and that's why I say the bounding box, make sure it fits all around the edges of the canvas. Because we're going to import this back into procreate. And for some reason, procreate likes the brushes to have the black background. I'm not really sure why that is. But from all of the other tutorials and videos I've watched online, everybody seemed to have a black background. So you're going to invert all of your brush images this way first. And then the process is once this is inverted, you want to go back to the wrench and you're gonna go to share. And you're going to share as JPEG. And then you're gonna go to Save image that will save it into your photos so you can see it this way. So it's here, it's saved it. And so we're just going to go one by one until you convert all of the brushes. I'll speed up the time-lapse and show you how I do it. The other way that you can actually import the dot VBR Photoshop rushes into procreate, is to actually open it directly from the app that you uploaded onto. So in this case, I'm going to choose Dropbox because that's where I uploaded it. And you're only going to do this way if you're not making stamp brushes. So if you're actually making brushes to paint with and they're not going to be stamps and this is a good way to do that. And so what you wanna do is locate your files. So in this case, I've uploaded into Dropbox and we're gonna go to export, and then we're going to open it and just wait for it to export. And then we're going to choose more. And we're going to go to Copy to procreate. Once it's done importing, you'll actually see it as the very top rush set. And so it's a little bit different here and I'll show you what that looks like. And so instead of like the second version than I actually did the entire process of opening. So instead of this way where I inserted the photo and created the brushes one by one through each of the layers. It's going to look more like this. And this is if you have brushes that you want to paint with. So it would be like more of a bush that you paint with. But since I originally created these implant brushes as stamps, you can tap them, but it's still pretty tiny zone looks a little bit weird, but it can go to the second version that I actually created. Two, you'll see like if I tap that same brush. So it's gonna look a little bit slightly different. Just go back. Let's tap it again. So yeah, I feel like this stamp brushes are going to be a higher resolution and it's not going to be low rise, especially if you create it the way that I will show you how in the next video. 10. Procreate Brushes Conversion and Sharing: Hey guys, in this video, I'm gonna show you how to import the brushes back into procreate again and how to adjust the brush settings and getting them ready to share with other people. Okay. So after you've completed the process of inserting the photo that we just did into separate layers. And now that we have all the brushes in black and white. So remember, these have to be, the brushes have to be in white and they have to have this black background. And you'll see why. So what we want to go ahead and do is we went to go to brushes. And what we'll do is we'll create a brand new brush set. So in this case, for this one, this is actually ink blot. And so we'll go ahead and create ink blot Volume two. And you can always rename this file if you'd like. So for now we're just gonna call it ink blot to so make sure yours selected. And then we're gonna go over to the plus on the top rate so we can start adding brushes. And then what you wanna do is we're gonna go to the shape. Ok. So once we're on shape, what we wanna do is we'll go ahead and click on Edit. And then we'll go to import, import a photo. And we'll go to the first one that we want to create the brush with. So once we do that, we'll go to done. And then there's a couple of settings here that I want to show you can actually repeat the process with every brush. So again, this is for stamp brushes. And so what we wanna do is we wanna go to dynamics. And here this is where you can increase the size. So I like to maybe do the scale 75%. And you can always change this however you want. And then we'll go to properties as well. And we want to check stamp preview. Just so that if you are going to be creating this as a stamp brush, we want to definitely click on that. And you see how when I'm testing the brushes on the right side, the brushes like really tiny. So we're going to change the max brush behavior here. And we can go all the way up if we want. Or we can stop at a certain number, totally up to you. And then we can also the preview, I would leave it 30% only because when you look at it in the brushes and the brushes drop-down menu, you can see the whole thing. Otherwise, if it's, the preview size is a little too big, then you won't know which Russia is. Okay, and then about the brush, this is where you can give it a name and then also signing the brush as well would help just so they know who the author is. So I like to sign all of my brush sets. This is where you can let other people know that you created this. And then Untitled is where you can actually write in the name of this brush. So I just call it ink blot volume two and then I give everything kind of like the same file paths all just do underscore a wine and then enter. And then you can go to dynamics, color dynamics. You can also go to rendering. And then I like to turn on luminance blending. Yes, so these other settings I don't really mess with, but you can again do whatever you want. You can change the settings to however you want. But I found that it was just too much. So what I normally do is I just go to dynamics and I changed the speed, can always change the opacity. If you wanna do that, Apple Pencil and early do much here, either properties making sure that you click on you stamp preview, et cetera. So yeah, that's biggest sickly. All I really do. And you can increase the size of the brush to however big you want. And you can also test it and change the settings however you like. That's looking a little too big for You could always size it down. So again, you can do this however you want. And then I'll go back to the layers and I'll turn this one off, make sure you're creating a new layer. And then it will go ahead and choose this brush that we just created. And then we'll tap the screen. So that looks fine and it's looking a little too small. And we want, when you're saving these brushes, you want it to be a little bit bigger for creating printed projects. But if you know, you're just going to use this on web related projects where the resolution is not that high, then that is totally fine. So what we'll do is we'll go ahead and click again on this brush so that we can bring up the settings. And then, oh, actually, let's go down to smudge 0%. And then let's go to the max brush behavior just so we can see how big it is. And then we'll go to done. And then we'll go back to layers and see how big this brushes. Okay, so it's a little big. Let's see if I turn that off. So yeah, depending on how big you want this to be, you can always change the settings around. Again for me, it just, it just really depends. I like it to fit the screen, the square canvas. So at anytime you can always change the settings to however you want. Yes. So really the only thing that I really mess with is the Brush properties. And then I go to about this brush and then a name it, and then I sign it, and then that's pretty much it. And then once you're happy with the settings you want, you want to click on done, and then you just keep on creating new brushes, guys. So this part of the video, I've just created a time-lapse of the process. I know this part is super tedious, but I promise you it's worth it to create Sant brushes just so that you can retain the shape. And so after creating stamp brushes, This is a good way to speed up your work so that you have shapes that you can refer back to instead of just tinkering around, especially if you have a lot of client work or you want to create a body of work quickly. This is a great way to build up shapes have like a set of shapes that you can reuse over and over. Hopefully you found this useful. Again, this is one way of creating stamp brushes. If you have another process that works for you, I think that's great. And if you'd like to share other processes and comment below this video, or if you have any other suggestions about this, please feel free to share. I'm always open to listening to others feedback. Okay, so the last part of this process is sharing your procreate brushes. Or if you're switching between devices, you want to share them with a friend. This is kind of how you would do it. And so then, now what we wanna do is low key rush set. You want to share. So in this case I'll share the ink blot Volume two. And then all you have to do is click on share. And then I typically save these onto Dropbox. And so you can go ahead and save them onto Dropbox. And instead of choosing that version on top, will click on the bottom one where it says save to Dropbox. Then you can really choose the folder that you want to save it into, and that's pretty much it. And so I hope you enjoy this class and this video series. Let me know if you have any questions always here open to suggestions. Hopefully, you found this course useful and any feedback is appreciated. Thanks guys.