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Photoshop Tutorial : Photo To Lineart To Brush

I did a tutorial called photo-to-lineart and realised that I should have taken it one step further and showed you how to create a brush from the lineart. It could come in handy for doing a grunge type image or something similar.

You can start with the image below to practise on if you like, just click through for the larger version.

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Open the image and duplicate the layer. Working on the duplicate layer go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. On this particular image I used the Find Edges filter found under Filter>Sytlize>Find Edges. Go to the top menu bar and open the levels dialogue box Image>Adjustments>Levels. You can punch in the same numbers that I have if you are using this image.

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Grab a hard edged brush and make sure that the f/ground colour is set to white. You are going to paint away the excess rubbish outside of the figure. You can see what I have done in the image below.

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If any of the darks lines have disappeared, grab a brush f/ground set to black – on re paint them in. The shoes that my son had in his hands have lost some of the lines, so I drew them back in again. I also did some on the lines on the shirt and face. See image below.

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Next, grab the magic wand tool and set the tolerance to 10 – anti alias checked and contigious unchecked. Click in the white area of the image. Turn off the original b/ground layer (photo) and then go to Edit>Cut or press Ctrl + X on the keyboard. You should end up with something similar to the image below.

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Make sure that the original photo layer is still turned off (or you can trash it) zoom out to 50% and grab the rectangular marquee tool, and make a selection around the image. See image below.

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Go to the top menu bar and choose Edit>Define Brush Preset. When the dialogue box appears, choose a name for the brush. Click OK. Open a new file by going to File>New. I chose a file 500 X 700 @ 72 dpi. Create a new layer above the b/ground layer and make your brush the active tool. In the top menu bar open the brush preset picker and scroll down to the end – your newly make brush should be there, click on your brush and then close the picker. Adjust the size of your brush to suit and then click on the image :-)

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And that is the basis of making a brush from lineart. You can go ahead and change the b/ground to a colour, pattern or gradient. Do multiple brush strokes at different sizes (use a new layer for each one so you can transform the individual strokes), Rotate or warp each indivdual stroke. Try different blend modes. On the image below, I filled the b/ground with a pattern, then did one brush stroke on each new layer. I then used the Free Transform to rotate and scale the b/ground strokes. On the larger brush stroke I used the warp tool.

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