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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Photoshop "Pencil" Brush

Ever wish there was a decent pencil brush in Photoshop? You can make one.

1. Start with this brush. It's one of the standard Photoshop brushes.



2. In the Shape Dynamics section of the Brushes palette, set the Size Control to Pen Pressure and set the Angle jitter to 100%.



3. Next, in the Brush Tip Shapes section, set the Spacing to something like 20%. Spacing will control what looks like paper-grain.
(Note: as with all brushes, if the spacing is set too low, you run the risk of bogging down the speed performance of the brush...especially with large brushes.)



This is the basic brush, but you can always add other dynamics. I'll often add an opacity control to the brush (found in "Other Dynamics"), so I can get the effect of a light touch.



Remember, these dynamics can be adjusted depending upon your needs. For instance, if you don't want your pencil co come to a sharp point at low pressure, turn down the Size Control (from step 1). Or turn it off entirely.

OK, that's pretty much it. Now go draw!

31 comments:

Shuku said...

Eeeeeee! Thank you thank you thank you! It is something I'm going to have to try; maybe it'll motivate me to pick up some Photoshop stuff and not be terrified of it.

Just think of the wallpaper applications you can do with this! *grins*

--Shuku

Louis-Philippe said...

Woah! Thanks!!

This is GREAT advice!!!!
I'd been poking around the brush options to try and obtain that feel for digital drawing.

^_^

Jasen said...

Hey Paul!
Just wanted to stop in & say "Hi" amazing place you have here, love the tutorials!
Jasen Strong

Sergio said...

Many thanks!

i just use this with great result

Regards

Dave said...

Thanks for sharing! Plus, those are some beautiful drawings below.

Roger Adams said...

Thank you Paul. Time to have some fun!

Alex Tuis said...

It is really kind to share your small secret!

It is weird because I usually do not use opacity in "other dynamics" but the other option just under, the flux variation.

Do you have any tools to have a Drew Struzan acrylics pen rendering?
Thanks!!! HAHAHAH

Hao Wu said...

thx a bunch =D and love ur paintings~!

Peter said...

hey paul. finally a decent pencil for photoshop! the result does look very convincing. thnx for that. great blog and glad to see some of your work online. finally.

Mick said...

thanks a lot. that is very kind of you to share such expertise. I didn't even know those things were in photoshop.. I feel pretty dumb right now. Your work is very inspiring and then you go and tell us how to accomplish it too. Brilliant. Thanks again

Eric Z said...

Wow! Very impressive work and techniques. I barely use photoshop but have been dying to learn how to apply it to my own work to get a more realistic rendered result. I'm only using flash. I really love your work, very strong and versatile. I actually have only one poster on my wall here at my job and it's coincidentally one of those surf's up posters you created.

Fantastic work!

_EE_ said...

thank u thank u thank u tahnk u
LOVING YOUR ART !!!! GENIAL

_EE_ said...

thank you for the visiting!! a beautiful surprise!! You works inspire me!

vikram said...

Thank u Paul!! Your work is really inspiring. Thanks for giving us the important technical tips also.

Craig Mackay said...

Thanks for the 'pencil' tip. You are a beautiful, beautiful man for sharing this and your other tips with the process junkies and fledgling artists of the art-blogging world. Please know how appreciated this is!

Giovanni Roschini said...

wow!your works is wonderful!!!
i will come here more often,great tutorial!!!:D

Rodney Fuentebella said...

awesome! thanks for these tutorials! just having a glimpse of your work habits is beyond words... I've always admired your work... this blog is gold!

Juanma said...

Paul thanks for all this beautiful artwork.
first time I visit your blog ,and I aint short of amazed.

Tooninator said...

oh man!!!! After watching the special features on Surfs Up, I was going nuts at how amazing the illustrations were. I can't believe I found you online. This is my new favourite place. I'm so pumped!!!!

Marcos said...

Nice tutorial, im practice a lot now! thanks! :)

Sherlock Hobo said...

Wow! i wish I had Photoshop on my computer... I need to install it. I love all of your word Paul!
~ Stazi

moomoo said...

Dude,
thanks for sharing! really appreciate it :)

Sithr said...

thaxxxx very much for every thing

Artoonator said...

I made the brush and used it here:
http://artoonator.deviantart.com/art/animal-cartoons-101832376
Thanks!

Jordan Lamarre-Wan said...

thanks for the tip Pau and of course for being such a big inspiration!!!!

murf said...

It works swell! Thanks, alot.

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Thanks Paul for sharing the adjustments for this brush.. it is great!!! I love it!!! Have you discoverd anything that gives you thick & thin brush strokes similiar to Alias Sketchbook??
-Thanks for sharing

sachin.k said...

These tutorials have really helped me thank you

Rasmus said...

Thanks for the tip

If you search for "Ditlev Pencil Brush" you get good one as well. One of my favorites

kmkucsy said...

Thank you very much.

ammar said...

Nice post. Thank you for sharing.
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