Creating Custom Photoshop Flower Brushes

I’m taking a the UCLA Extension Photoshop II class, and it’s quite a step up from the Photoshop I class I took last quarter. It’s a lot more photo retouching and compositing, and we started the class by taking photos to use throughout the quarter.

One of this week’s assignments was creating a custom brush (to use instead of one of the default paintbrushes), and using it in a composition.

My set of flower brushes

My set of flower brushes

I ended up creating a few different flower brushes, and I then used them in various colors and sizes, and with different “jitter” settings to paint a funky background. As the background, they looked like they were screen printed, though I added some texture by putting in a stucco wall. I really like how they turned out, especially in combination as a background for Kacie’s photo, and can definitely see using them for future projects.

The flower brushes in use

The flower brushes in use

To create the brushes, I used photos of flowers that I took, and a few that I got from free (and royalty free) stock image site sxc.hu. I masked out the backgrounds, played with the levels and contrast, and made them black and white before defining them as brushes in the Edit menu.

You can download the set of brushes here if you’d like to use them for anything.

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