Create Your Own Brush in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

After playing with all the various options of the Brush tool in Photoshop Elements, if you really like the brush you’ve created, feel free to save it as a preset that you can access in the future.

Choose Save Brush from the panel menu on the Brush Preset Picker panel. 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 additional way to create a brush. Elements allows 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 your 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.

    The new brush shows up at the bottom of your 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 your foreground color, as shown in the figure.

    Create a custom brush from a portion of your image. [Credit: ©istockphoto.com/ericmichaud Imag
    Credit: ©istockphoto.com/ericmichaud Image #3173552
    Create a custom brush from a portion of your image.