Creating Your Own Fractal Photoshop Brush: Tutorial

Creating Your Own Fractal Photoshop Brush: Tutorial

Photoshop Brushes Catalogue 2012.

Hello everyone and Happy Easter!

For today I have prepared another tutorial on how to create your own brush.

This time it is about creating fractal Photoshop brushes.

I am sure many of you will like this kind of graphics:

Create Your own Fractal Photoshop brush: Tutorial

But, if you are a beginner you probably assume that it’s extremely difficult, first, create your own custom brush and then create such graphic with it.

Well, it’s not! And I intend to show you how to do it in this tutorial.

So, for starters, to follow this tutorial you will need to have CorelDRAW! or Adobe Illustrator or some other software that does vector graphics. First, we will create a shape in CorelDRAW!, then export it to .EPS file, import to Photoshop and make a brush out of it. And that’s it!

So, let’s start CorelDRAW! and make a nice curved line using Bezier Tool:

Photoshop 7.0 brushes - Create your own fractal brush

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Then, duplicate this line by dragging it and right-clicking the mouse on a new location:

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Then select both line and go to Effects->Blend, Apply (you can leave all settings as they are)

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Modify and adjust the shape by selecting various curves from top or bottom line and moving it around until you are happy with the shape.

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

I must say, I was quite happy with this one :)

So, basically, our work here at CorelDRAW! is over. Now, when I think, maybe I should have used Illustrator, but let’s leave it for another occasion.

The last thing that is to be done here in CorelDRAW! is to export that shape in to .eps file. Go to File->Export-> On the pull down menu select “.eps”, give it some name, leave “Selected only” switched on and click Export:

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes exporting to eps

Click ok and save it.

Now, let’s move onto Photoshop. Here I used Photoshop CS3 but you can use any version from Photoshop 7.0 onward.

In Photoshop go to File->New, Give it dimensions 2500px by 2500px (that is the largest brush size you can get) at 300px (it has to be big so that it can be used for large format printing as well, not just web).

Now, go to File -> Place, browse to our .eps file and place it into this new Photoshop file. Make sure to stretch it before hitting enter so that it is stretched from end to end like this:

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Fine! We’re getting there, bare with me just a few more minutes :)

As you have probably noticed the .eps we placed onto our new Photoshop file is not really black as it should be. This can cause this brush to appear transparent when used in the future and therefore we need to make sure that our future brush is really black. Therefore, make sure you selected the layer with our shape and go to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Curves and to the following:

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Now, our future brush will be black!

So, after this we are ready to finish and create our first, custom made, Photoshop brush. Go to Edit -> Define Brush Preset and give it a name:

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

It will automatically appear as the last one on your present brushes list.

That’s it! Voila! Congratulations! You just made your own brush! Now, if you want to save it as an independent .abr file you will need to delete all brushes from your brushes list because otherwise your .abr (brush file) will contain all brushes from the list. So, after you deleted all other brushes except for the one you just created

Photoshop Tutorial - Make your own custom fractal brushes

Now, you just go to save brushes, give it a name and save it to:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Brushes

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Brushes

And, now that’s really the end.

Now with a little playing with brush settings and Filter -> Render -> Lens Flare in no time you can create image like the one on the top of this post.

Look, in case you don’t want to go through all this and think that the trouble of creating some 29 fractal brushes is worth $9,99 - I’ll be much obliged if you go and buy the whole 29 Fractal Brushes Set.

Brushes are ready to download in two editions:

Lite edition: Fractals – set of 3 Photoshop brushes

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Lite edition: Fractals - set of 3 Photoshop brushes (Photoshop CS3 compatible - free download)

Premium edition: Fractals – set of 29 Photoshop brushes (Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5… and all newer versions compatible)

Premium edition: Fractals - set of 29 Photoshop brushes (Photoshop CS3 compatible)

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  1. Wow awesome blog post! Fantastic tutorial dude. It?s ridiculous how many exceptional tutes you guys post. Really enjoy your site. A big heads up!

  2. I don’t have CorelDRAW, so wish to see the tutorial in Illustrator soon. Thanks~

  3. Well, I’ve seen some stuff with fractals here and there … for some SFlike projects …

  4. just curious… what are people using fractals for anyway… I am not sure that I’ve seen anything with it as finished project???

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