June 21, 2010

Photoshop Storyboard Brushes

Here's my small collection of Photoshop brushes I've made to use for storyboarding with my pen tablet, there's various sized pencils, markers and textures (which I've found handy for surface grain): DOWNLOAD

You can also make your own pencil-style Photoshop brushes very easily, here's how.

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 to come to a sharp point at low pressure, turn down the Size Control (from step 1). Or turn it off entirely.

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