How To Create A Photoshop Brush In Adobe Brush CC

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How To Create A Photoshop Brush In Adobe Brush CC

A series of brushes create in Adobe Brush are shown in the Adobe Brush Home screen.
Create Photoshop Brushes on your iPad or iPhone.

Adobe Brush CC one of those apps for which you can't find a use until you use it. Then it becomes indispensable. Adobe Brush is one of the apps in the Adobe Touch App lineup and what it does is allow you to use photos or photos of drawings and use them as brushes in Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

In this How To I am going to walk you through how to create a Brush from a sketch in your notebook and use that brush in Photoshop. Let’s get started. 

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How To Get Started With Adobe Brush CC

The Home Screen for Adobe Brush on the site.
The app is available through the App Store.

 If you have a CreativeCloud account and have either an iPhone or iPad, you can pick up the app at Apple’s App Store  . If you don’t have a CreativeCloud account you can still get the app by signing up for a free CreativeCloud membership. Once the app is installed open it and sign in with your CreativeCloud username and password.

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How To Create The Artwork For Adobe Brush CC

A series of pencil sketches in the iPhone Camera roll are shown.
You start with a photo or a photo of a sketch or pattern.

Let’s start “Old School”.  

All you need to do is to do is to open a notebook or grab a blank piece of paper. Next use a pen or a pencil to draw out a pattern. In the above image I drew a series of dots in a Moleskein notebook.

Next, using your device’s camera, take a picture of the drawing. This will be the base for the brush. If you are using an Android device you can either move the picture to your CreativeCloud account or to your iOS device’s Camera Roll.

To access your photo, tap the + sign on the left side of the interface to open the photo from one of the locations shown.

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How To Target Photoshop In Adobe Brush CC

The Brush interface showing the three drawing choices- Sketch 3, Photoshop, Illustrator - are shown. Photoshop is selected.
Tap PS to target Photoshop.

 When the Interface opens, your target image is shown in the Preview area at the top. You have three possible output choices – Photoshop, Illustrator and Photoshop Sketch which is another of the Adobe Touch Apps.

Just be aware  the Target choices give you different brush styles. If you tap each one the Preview will show you the how the use of the brush will work in each application. Also your subsequent editing choices in Adobe Brush will reflect your target app as well.

Tap Photoshop.

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How To Choose A Brush Angle In Adobe Brush CC

The Directional brush angle is selected in the Adobe Brush interface.
You have three Angle choices for your Photoshop brush.

 With Photoshop as your target you next need to choose an Angle for the brush. Your three choices are: None, Directional and Initial. I tapped Directional which means the brush will follow the direction and angle in which I drag it. 

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How To Crop the Brush Area in Adobe Brush CC

The area to be cropped with the Crop Tool is shown.
Cropping reduces the brush area to only the sketch or photo.

You also might want to make the Brush Area a bit smaller especially if it is one of a number of drawings in the photo. To accomplish this, tap the Crop tool and move the handle to encompass just the brush. If you have a number of sketches in your photo this tool will help you to isolate the sketch.

You can also use your fingers to nudge the artwork around to rotate it, zoom in and reposition the artwork in the Crop area. 

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How To Refine The Brush In Adobe Brush CC

The Brush is rtefined using the Adobe brush Refine tool.
Use Refine to reduce the background's opacity.

The next menu item is Refine. When you tap it, use the White Masking slider to remove the background, paper texture or noise in the image.

If there are still artifacts in the image use a two-finger pinch to zoom in in on the area and then use your finger or a stylus- I am using an Adonit Jot Touch- to erase them. You can also use the two-finger pinch to rotate the area and to move around inside of the crop area. 

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How To Use The Settings To Set Pressure, Spacing and Jitter In Adobe Brush CC

The Pressure, Spacing and Jitter sliders are shown.
The Adobe Brush CC Setting Dialog Box.

The Photoshop Brush uses Pressure, Spacing and  Jitter sliders to adjust how it appears. To open them, tap the Settings button and adjust the sliders to get the look you want.

Default lets you choose the Minimum and Maximum size of the Brush.

 The Pressure and Flow switches set the initial Pressure and Flow values used in Photoshop. Spacing lets you set how far apart the images are when the brush is used and Scatter randomly places the image along the brush path. As you move the sliders, the Preview will show you the result.

Jitter is really interesting. The size slider is self-explanatory and the Angle slider will rotate the brush along the path. Flow manages opacity.   

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How To Preview Your Photoshop Brush In Adobe Brush CC

The Brush is previewed in Adobe Brush by drawing a brush stroke as shown in the image.
You can preview your brush.

Tapping the double arrow in the upper right corner of the interface opens the drawing area. The drawing tools are on the right side of the Drawing Area.

If you have a Stylus connected to your iPad it will be indicated at the top and will light up. The next icon lets you set the Brush Size and the one below it lets you set the Flow of the brush. Both use a tap and swipe gesture. The three color chips allow you to set the color for your brush. If you tap and hold, a color wheel opens and you can set the color and the saturation of the color in the Color Wheel. 

Just be aware these are nothing more than a preview of how the brush will work when used in Photoshop.

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How To Name And Save A  Brush in Adobe Brush CC

The brush is named Photoshop Brush.
Naming and saving the brush.

To name a Brush, tap on the default name of the brush, choose Select All and rename the Brush. To save the Brush , tap Save and your Brush will appear in the Library. 

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How To Use Your Brush In Photoshop CC

The brush is used in Photoshop by opening your Creative Cloud Library in Photoshop.
The brush from Adobe Brush CC is used in Photoshop.

If your Brush has targeted Photoshop and saved to your CreativeCloud  Library, all you need to do is launch Photoshop. To access your brush, select Window> Library . When the panel opens the brush will be available in your Creative Cloud library. Select it and select the Brush tool.