Questions tagged [brush]

Questions about the tools used for applying paint to a canvas. Digitally, a brush refers to a tool designed to mimic the application of color similar to traditional media. This often results in soft edges or specific "tip" shapes used to apply value or hue to pixels.

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Why does a brush with 50% opacity and 100% flow take 8 individual strokes to reach 100% opacity?

I have a simple round brush with 100% hardness, 50% opacity and 100% flow. All other brush settings are disabled (brush dynamics, transfer, etc). Since it has 50% opacity, I would expect 2 brush ...
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How do I get out of Outline View?

I have drawn a broom in Illustrator and cant apply any brushes or strokes to it. I just don't get it. What do I have to do? Here is a screenshot:
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Is there a way to reverse the order of anchors in a path?

Is there any way to reverse the order of anchors in a path? I don't want to redraw the path again. I want to change the starting anchor point from the starting point of any path to its end. reversing ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

I have googled this and found a number of answers and videos which all say that this can be done by setting the brush size slider in the brushes panel or brush editor panel. I'm either clicking on ...
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Can I predefine brushes with color and size in Gimp?

I sometimes find myself using Gimp the way I would use paper. For example, I want to use blue ink size 1.4, anthracite 2-px pencil and size 20 eraser, to recreate the look of a school notebook. I don'...
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Remember brush size when switching between brushes in Krita

Usually when I draw, I frequently switch between two or three tools and/or brushes. By default in Krita (I've tried versions 2.8.5 and 2.9.10), brush size is reset to default when selecting a brush. ...
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Where to find the old default Photoshop brushes?

I am looking for the default brushes from older Photoshop versions. Where can I get them? I am particularly interested in brushes 112 and 134 from the screenshot below.
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Why does the paint brush style revert back to the old setting the moment I start painting?

In Adobe Illustrator I've changed the paint brush style to something else, (this happens with stroke size too) but the moment I start trying to paint the settings revert back to what they were before ...
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Stroke a path from thick to thin

I manage to stroke a path so that the brush goes thin -> thick -> thin along a path. Thing is though that I want the stroke to go thick -> thin, meaning I want the stroke to start at its thickest and ...
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How to edit a pixel without modifying surrounding pixels

When working on a bitmap image in Photoshop, I often need to make changes to individual pixels, such as using the Paintbrush to change the colour. This would typically involve zooming into the ...
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Uniform Scattering with vector

I'm attempting to create a random spread of dots to create a gradient look. I'm getting really close to the effect I want by blending two scatter brushes. The issue I'm having is that the blended ...
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Aligning Brushes to Edge with Grid (PS)

I've made a custom brush in Photoshop and I'm trying to use it on a pixel grid that I've set up. However, whenever I try to use it, either with a brush or pencil (I'm relying on the pencil tool for it'...
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Why can I not use the brush tool to paint my object?

I drew an image in Illustrator and now I would like to fill it with color. I created a second layer and placed it under the line art. However when I try to painting with the brush tool I get a really ...
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Can Illustrator's Pencil or Brush tool snap to lines and curves while drawing?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CC 2017. Is there a way to make Pencil or Brush tool snap to its lines and curves while drawing? I'm trying to draw a flower made of petals, and it's very annoying to ...
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Stacked light circle effect in Photoshop?

What would be the best way to achieve the effect in the image? I've tried making my own brush and working around that but it doesn't seem ideal. I'm wondering how to replicate the random looking ...
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How do I make a brush with overlapping shapes aligned to the path in Illustrator?

I am using Illustrator to apply a custom pattern brush on the path of a circle to create and image like so: But I can't get my shape to repeat across the circle line properly and overlap itself, I ...
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Critique: Veins on Flower

I'm taking a jump into some digital painting and struggling with getting more defined lines to look right. I'm basing it entirely on this Flower from Unsplash.com and have been using the 3 Basic ...
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Photoshop: how to completely to fill an outline drawn with a brush?

I drew an outline and filled the inside of it. But it did't get completely filled: there's a white gap between the stroke and the fill. How can I implement a full fill without this gap? Update: add ...
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Is it possible to create a high quality watercolor effect in illustrator?

I am looking to create a high quality watercolor effect in illustrator. My question essentially is: Is this created by scans and then tracing it? If so, what kind of tracing options would you use for ...
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Pencil effect in Photoshop

There are many "pencil" brushes for Photoshop, both shipped with the software and distributed over the web. None (that I have tried) show the specific behavior of a real pencil. A real pencil of ...
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How to double your brush in Photoshop?

I was watching a photoshop tutorial, which was created using Photoshop CS4. During the tutorial the instructor split his brush into two brushes side by side (using a keyboard shortcut I believe). ...
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How to create a triangle/jagged edges on a single border in Adobe Illustrator CS6?

I would like to create a border only on one side of a rectangle. That border would have that modern zigzag stroke that is present on so many websites. Just like on this photo : I've tried creating a ...
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Plugin or brush for transforming a photo to a fractal in gimp?

Folks, I've been looking all over for a plugin or brush that will help me take a photo and reduce it to that 'electric look' (or fractal?) that i'm seeing in various places. I'd vastly prefer one for ...
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Illustrator: Pattern Brush that narrows down all the way?

Has anyone knowledge on this Pattern Brush issue? I want to make a line, which narrows down all the way from start to end. So I have made this form (see image) into a pattern brush. I have played ...
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How to find which brush was used in a layer in Photoshop?

In a new layer, I selected the shape of the letter U and used a specific brush to brush in that selection in Layer 16 (in the screenshot below). Now I can't figure out which brush I used to get this ...
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How to use the duplicate brush in Krita

How do you use the duplicate brush in Krita. I've got an X but can't seem to get further. The manual is not very comprehensive.
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Illustrator Pattern Brush has lines between segments

I defined a new pattern brush with an image, but when I used it, I noticed these really thin white lines between each segment of the brush. I tried different fit options, but that didn't help. Is ...
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GIMP: Stroke Path along single points

What I need: to draw different sets of icons in the same points of the picture (with the purpose of drawing different network schemes with the same structure). There are A LOT OF Points. Therefore I ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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Where did my default brushes go?

I was working on a logo design for a client in Illustrator CS4 when suddenly the default brushes were no longer there. The brush files are still in place but they do not show up in the brushes panel. ...
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Recreating pencil hatching in Illustrator

I’m trying to take a friend’s pencil-and-paper design and recreate it in Illustrator for use in a poster we are creating together. She’s proficient (away from the computer) and it’s my job to get her ...
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Saving a single brush to an existing library

Is there a way to save one brush at a time to a library in Illustrator CS5? So far as I've figured out so far, you can clear all-but-one of the brushes out of the default library, load the last ...
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How to Krita - Creating user defined pixel brushes to match Ctrl+Paint

I am new to Krita and have read through a number of documentations on setting up pixel brushes. I am trying to match the brush and eraser behavior as shown in this tutorial https://www.ctrlpaint.com/...
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Polygon shape not closing with brush in Illustrator CC

I am having a problem where I create a polygon shape and then apply a brush to it. But what I am getting is one corner is not closed or linked together. I have no idea how to fix this issue. Is there ...
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How to draw random colours dots?

How can I draw dots with a specific size and random colors? Is it possible to create a brush or something similar to do it? With the pencil if I hold Ctrl + click I can draw a black dot, but is ...
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Is there brush falloff control in Photoshop?

I want to know if i can adjust my brush falloff in Photoshop. The soft round brush in particular. You may be familiar with this concept if you are ZBrush user. This picture illustrate what i'm ...
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Custom map terrain brush in Photoshop?

I have this antique style map: I wish to customise it by adding more land. Is it possible to create a custom pattern that represents the land? How would I add the "edge" of the land; perhaps as a ...
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Horizontally distribute along path

How can I horizontally distribute objects along a path? Blend and Brushes don't work for me because they distribute objects evenly according to the distance along the path. I began by using the Blend ...
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What tool or method will create concentrated dots in Illustrator?

I need a thick spray of dots. I have tried both the Symbol spray tool and the paint brush to create a spray effect but a tight one. I'm not looking for scatter so much as a "pile-on" effect. Neither ...
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Square brushes in Photoshop have one rounded corner

I'm trying to create a favicon in Photoshop CS5 by painting individual pixels. I've tried using the square brushes but for some reason each square brush preset has one rounded corner in the bottom ...
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Permanent Marker Brushes for Photoshop

I'm looking for a way to simulate a permanent marker in Photoshop. All I have been able to find are pre-drawn brush strokes of circles, strokes etc. (Permanent Brush), but not a permanent marker brush ...
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Illustrator pattern brush: Modifiying anchor point stretches shapes

I generated a pattern brush and when I draw a path and move one anchor end point with the direct selection tool then the shape of my pattern brush is stretched or shrunk like the circle in this ...
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How to achieve this pattern/spread out effect in Photoshop/Illustrator?

I tried to imitate this effect in Illustrator using scatter brush but didn't achieve it. Does anyone know how to do this? Thank you!
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How to simulate realistic pencil blending in Photoshop, with texture?

I'm trying to find the easiest way to emulate pencil blending in Photoshop. While there are a lot of tutorials and methods for smooth digital blending, I would like to maintain the grainy textured ...
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How do I make scratchboard/etching effects?

I'm having a hard time grasping how to get the same brush stroke with the right proportion of space in between like in this image (Marilyn). I'm sure it wasn't free handedly drawn with a brush tool, ...
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How do I achieve a 'grainy' / 'snow-dusted' effect in Photoshop or Illustrator?

If someone could point me to a tutorial for getting the "grainy" or "snow dusted"-like effect, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!
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What's the name of this distorted / dirty brush?

For example in these images, what are the 'dirty spots' brushes applied to them called? I am newbie in PS and trying to figure it out.
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Retain original colour in a defined brush preset (alternatively, add colour to a grayscale image based on tone)

In Photoshop (or any other program), is there a way to define a brush from an image and retain the colour of the image in the brush, without it being converted to grayscale (and then becoming monotone ...
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Gimp - Brush Editor grayed out and not working

No matter what I do my Brush Editor options remain grayed out. I'm trying to edit a custom brush as I know the default ones are read-only. I have no idea what's causing this, the way that I make new ...
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How to put brushes in a set?

When I click on the little settings wheel in my brush panel there are various brushes listed on the bottom. 'Basic Brushes', 'Dry Media Brushes' and so on. I'd like to put brushes that I download or ...