by Becky Soto
We've all seen those cool dotted shapes on layouts, right? How
would you like to make your own?!? This tutorial will teach you
how to make a simple circle dot brush.
First we'll open a new document with a transparent background.
For this tutorial we'll make it 12x12 at 200dpi.
Now we need to make the shape that we want our brush to be. Click
on your Ellipse Tool in your toolbox. If you do not see the Ellipse
Tool, right click to bring up the items hidden underneath and
select the Ellipse.
On the palette at the top of your screen, select the Paths option,
and Add to Selection.
Now draw out your circle on your document, making it as large
as you want. Be sure to hold down your Shift key to constrain
the shape to a circle. You can use your guides or rulers here,
if you like. This is what you will have.
Now we need to get our brush ready to draw our dots. Make sure
your colors are set to default (black and white). Click on the
Brush in your tool palette. Then open up your tool box to adjust
your brush. You can start with these settings, then adjust them
Now click on your Paths palette. At the bottom you will see an
open circle, this is Stroke path with brush. Click on that and
watch your dots go around your circle! At this point you may find
that your start and finish dots are not evenly spaced. You can
back up a step (Undo...everyone's best friend) and adjust your
spacing slider in your brush tool box. This just takes a bit of
trial and error, by sliding the spacing bar a little, and stroking
the path again, until it looks the way you want it to. At this
point you may drag and drop your Work Path into the trash can.
Now we need to save this dotted circle as a brush. Open up your
brush tool box again, and delete all the brushes that are in there
by holding down the Alt button and clicking on each brush. (Be
sure not to delete any brushes you may have made previously and
not saved. Anything already loaded into Photoshop will be fine.)
Use your Marquee tool to draw a square around your shape.
Now click on Edit>Define Brush, and name your new brush.
Click on your Brush tool, and open up the tool box. Click on
the flyout arrow, select Save Brushes. This will save it as a
set, and you can make more brushes to add to this set! Try using
different shapes, or even drawing a shape freehand using your
Pen tool, as in this example. Have fun, and be creative!