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Making a Custom Brush from a PNG File - Getting Started

These instructions are for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

  1. Go to File > Open and locate the desired PNG file. Click OPEN.

  2. Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset (PSE users go to Edit > Define Brush).

  3. Rename your brush. Click OK.

  4. Select the Brush Tool (B) and locate your brush in the drop-down menu on the options toolbar. Realistic objects, such as the example, will be converted to a grayscale version of the original, but can be resized and re-colored like any brush.


  • Brushes can be up to 2500 x 2500 pixels in size, which is approximately 8x8" at 300 dpi.
  • Brushes are saved in a preferences file and can be lost if default preferences are restored. To permanently save your custom brushes, go to Edit > Preset Manager, select the brushes you wish to save, and click on Save Set. Name your set and save it to a location on your hard drive.
  • You can make a custom brush from any image, including a photo, but you will only get the transparent background if you use a PNG file.

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