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Brush Layouts

This tutorial will show you how to make Brush Layouts.

Brush Layouts are much easier than they seem. You can use any image but I suggest you use a neopets background while starting out or practising.
I will use this image as an example:


Click to view full size image

Step 1:

Once you have chosen your image, go to Materials palette, which contains swatches and colours; and click on your Foreground Color.



Step 2:

A window should pop-up and you should see the 3 tabs at the top:
Color, Gradient, and Pattern. Click on Pattern.



Make your settings match mine.



Step 3:

Open a new image, 600 Pixels By 500 Pixels, with a transparent background, like so:


Click to view full size image

In your new image, select the Brush tool and set the hardness to 100%
Start adding brushes in varying sizes next to each other, so you end up with something like this:



Step 4:

In this step, we will create the outline around the brush layout. Below will show you how to create a simple line, or you can create a feathering effect found in this tutorial

Make a new 600x500 pixel image, unchecking the transparent box you ticked earlier, and make the background black, or whatever color you want the outline to be.

Go back to your first image and go to Edit > Copy. or press Ctrl+C

Then go to your second image, go to Edit > Paste > As New Selection. or Ctrl+E

Then go to Selections > Modify > Expand. See below:



A popup will show up like the one below, where you can change the thickness of the line.



Step 5:

Click Edit > Copy > Paste > As New Image. and add your final touches.

Your image should look something like this.

Conhratulations! You can now make Brush Layouts!


- Tutorial made by Neotacular, using Paint Shop Pro 8.

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