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How to Create a Custom Brush in Photoshop Elements 11

In Photoshop Elements 11, you can create a custom brush that works specifically for you. After playing with the various options available, if you like the personalized brush you’ve created, save it as a preset so that you can access it again and again.

Click the arrow at the top of the Brush Preset Picker panel and choose Save Brush from the menu. Name the brush and click OK. Your new, custom brush shows up at the bottom of the Brush Preset Picker drop-down panel.

There’s one other way to create a brush. Elements enables you to create a brush from all or part of your image. The image can be a photograph or something you’ve painted or drawn.

Here’s how to create a brush from your image:

  1. Select part of an image with any of the selection tools.

    If you want to use the entire image or entire layer, deselect everything.

  2. Choose Edit→Define Brush or Edit→Define Brush from Selection.

    You see one command or the other, depending on what you do in Step 1.

  3. Name the brush and click OK in the dialog box.

    The new brush shows up at the bottom of the Brush Preset Picker drop-down panel. Note that your brush is only a grayscale version of your image. When you use the brush, it automatically applies the color you’ve selected as the foreground color.

    [Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Flutter_97321 Image #40880]
    Credit: ©istockphoto.com/Flutter_97321 Image #40880
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