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Create a pressure responsive watercolour brush in Photoshop

Hello hello! Today, we are going to create magic!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create your pressure responsive watercolour brush in Photoshop starting from a couple of jpeg pictures.





The tutorial is divided into 4 different parts. Here below are the main things to note.


Define your primary brush

The starting point is to define what you want to use as your primary brush. As our aim is to imitate as much as possible a watercolour hand-drawn stroke, we will start from a jpeg watercolour swatch. Don’t worry, you don’t have to paint the swatches yourself if don’t want to. There’s an entire collection to download for free, ready to be used and at a resolution of 300 dpi.


Download my watercolour collection from HERE.


Define the texture

Photoshop allows you to apply a texture to the stroke. This will add realism to the final result and it will look like our watercolour brush is painted on a real piece of paper.

In this step is very important to define as a pattern in Photoshop the texture we want to use. Photoshop will register it and it will start repeating it, so it’s vital, at this stage, to clean all the possible joints.


Define your secondary brush

In this step, we will repeat what we’ve previously done in order to define our primary brush. Defining a secondary brush is not mandatory and in some cases, it may slow down the stroke. However, I would say it adds that extra level of realism, especially at the edges of the stroke.


Define the pressure responsive watercolour brush

In this final step, we will blend together all we’ve defined previously. In the tutorial, I’ll speak more in detail about what each of the options is useful for and what is not necessary to use for our pressure responsive watercolour brush.

If you wish to know more about the several brush setting options, here below are a couple of links that have been useful for me in order to realise this tutorial.

Now you are able to customise your brushes in Photoshop!

Free your creativity and have fun!


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