If you’re not using custom Photoshop brushes already, then you’re missing out on one of Photoshop’s most useful features: used well, they will bring flair and individuality to your designs – as well as saving you a lot of time.

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In this tutorial, Craig Shields shows how you can move away from the screen and create your brushes from scratch in some decidedly un-digital ways, using ink and brushes, before tweaking them for use in Photoshop.

Part of the joy of this tutorial is the opportunity it offers to step away from the computer and get your hands dirty; you’ll hone your kills at blending digital and traditional media, as well as having fun.

You can download an image of a nebula, a custom brush created by Shields, and a background texture below.


Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later

Time to complete

4 hours

Project Files

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