How to Create Custom Brushes in PaintShop Pro

How to Create Custom Brushes in PaintShop Pro

By Discovery Center Team

PaintShop Pro comes with a wide selection of brush tools that you can use to add some unique and creative elements to your photos. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to save your preferred brush settings like shape, density, thickness, size, rotation and more. You’ll also learn how to make a custom brush using a selected shape or image.

Want to learn more about the brush tools? Check out our tutorial on Using Brushes in PaintShop Pro.

Want to get FREE Brushes?

Along with the default brushes that are included with PaintShop Pro X8, you can also get a free Creative Brush Pack that includes 30 unique new brushes? You can download this free brush pack in a few simple steps:

  • in PaintShop Pro X8, click on the Help menu and and select “Welcome”
  • on the Welcome page, click on the “Get More” tab and select “Brushes” from the drop-down menu to display the Creative Brush Pack offer
  • click on the “Learn More” button and install the brushes

Once you have installed you can find them in the Brush menu. Use them to add embellishments, create textures and patterns and really make your next photo project stand out!

If you own an earlier version of PaintShop Pro, you can download your free creative content here.

How to Create Custom Brushes in PaintShop Pro

Did you know that PaintShop Pro comes with a wide selection of brush tools that offer countless ways to work creatively with your images? For example, you can apply soft- or hard-edged brushstrokes of any color or material, paint with another image as a source, retouch images to correct colors or contrast, replace colors, or paint with picture tubes.

You can choose from the following brush tools:

  • Paint Brush — creates strokes of color that simulate strokes from an artist’s paintbrush. Brushstrokes can have hard or soft edges. The Paint Brush is a multipurpose tool that can be used to edit an image by applying color to areas as small as a single pixel. This tool can be used to adjust transparency in specific areas or to create a selection.
  • Airbrush — simulates an airbrush or spray can. The longer you apply the brush to an area, the more pronounced the effect becomes.
  • Warp Brush — produces a warping effect on image pixels. You can twirl areas of the image, contract or expand parts of the image, and create other interesting effects.
  • Picture Tube — lets you paint with a collection of preset objects. For example, you can add butterflies and beetles to a picnic setting, fill an aquarium with fish, or frame a picture with holly. You can use the picture tubes included with Corel PaintShop Pro or create your own.
  • Eraser — causes pixels to become transparent.
  • Background Eraser — erases pixels selectively.
  • Clone Brush — lets you edit your image by using parts of the image, or parts of another image, as a paint source.
  • Color Replacer — replaces a color in a selection or layer with another color.
  • Retouch Brushes — let you retouch images. Some retouch brushes mimic photographic effects. Others change pixels based on lightness, saturation, hue, or color values. Some retouch brushes are similar to color correction commands in the effects they produce.

Different brush strokes can make drawing and painting a lot of fun and you can even create your own brush tips to use with the painting tools.  This tutorial will show you how to save your preferred brush settings like shape, density, thickness, size, rotation and more. You’ll also learn how to make a custom brush using a selected shape or image. After you create a custom brush tip, you can share it with others by sending them the brush file. If the brush uses a custom shape, you must share both the brush file and the custom shape file for that brush.

1. On the Tools toolbar, choose a painting tool, such as the paintbrush.
2. Next, from the Tool Options palette, you can modify the settings for the brush.
3. Click the brush tip drop-list  to display current brush tips.
4. Then click the Create Brush Tip button  in the brush tip drop-list.
5. The Create Brush Tip dialog box will guide you through the process.
6. When you’re finished, click OK.

The new brush appears in the brush tip drop-list. You can use the new brush with any of the painting tools that display this drop-list.

When you create a brush tip, all options selected for the brush are saved, including the brush shape, step, density, thickness, size, hardness and rotation settings. You can even include the variance settings in creating a brush tip. The settings that you save can be applied to any tool that has a brush tip control in the Tool Options palette.

You can also make a selection, and then use the selection to create a custom brush with a width and height of up to 999 × 999 pixels. So let’s try that now. I want to create a brush tip out of this snowflake image.

1. First, make a selection around the area you want to convert into a brush.

2. On the Tools toolbar, choose a painting tool like the paintbrush.

3. On the Tool Options palette, click the brush tip drop-list to display current brush tips.

4. Click the Create Brush Tip from Selection button. A preview of the new brush appears in the Create Brush Tip dialogue box.

5. Enter a name for the brush in the Name box.

6. Select a step value. Click OK.

In addition to brush tips, you can create brush presets. When you create a preset, all settings specified for a particular tool are saved, including all of the parameters and variance settings. The tool preset is available only when you select that particular tool.

1. Select a painting tool and modify any of the tool options.
2. On the Tool Options palette, click the Preset drop-list.
3. Click the Save Preset button. The Save Preset dialogue box appears.
4. Type a name for the brush preset.
5. To enter additional information, click Options and then fill in the Author, Copyright or Description fields if you wish.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (3)

  • Bob Henderson Reply

    There was never a PSP better than PSP 7 I did not have to bounce back and forth when doing a new creation. they were all on the scrren so I could see and work with one by clicking on the image. Here I have to try to remember each one in the row and click back and forth. too much clicking. Please make it so it can be all on the screen at the same (optional) or as it is now. I prefer having all my images open at the same time. just as it was in PSP7

    June 29, 2016 at 10:57 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Bob,

      Thank you for the feedback! We actually do have the option you are looking for – in the Windows menu of the Edit workspace, you can toggle between tabbed and windowed views of your open images. Tabbed is the default setting with the tabs lined up at the top of your workspace, while windowed allows you to re-position images side-by-side if that is what you prefer.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      June 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm
  • Julio Miyamoto Reply

    À Turma do Corel Discovery Center,

    Tutoriais como este nos mostram como é poderoso o PaintShop-pro.
    É muito importante que se divulgue mais formas para descobrir o poder que não se enxerga.

    Parabéns !!!!

    June 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

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