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Personalized Brush

Friday, July 14th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put your personalized stamp on all of the images that you take?

It would be nice especially if you are an avid photographer and share your images online using a service like Flickr. After all the hard work you do while taking those lovely images, you surely don’t want someone else to post those images on their Web site without giving you any credit.

To make sure that doesn’t happen, you could of course open every image in Photoshop and write some text on it to let everyone know that the images belong to you. However, there is something that is a little more convenient. Today we’re going to learn how to create your very own personalized brush, so from now on, all you have to do to put your stamp on your images is click the brush once. Interested? I thought you might. Let’s get started!

First off, we need to create a new document. The size of the document doesn’t really matter, as the brush can be resized when you use it.

Now, add a new layer to the document and select the Custom Shape tool.

On the toolbar that appears on top, you will see an option which says “Shape.” Click on it and select the copyright symbol.

Next, press D on the keyboard so that the default color becomes black for all text and symbols.
On the new layer, drag and size the copyright symbol according to how you want it to appear. Once you have done this, you can enter the text that you want to include along with your copyright symbol using the type tool. Align the two layers together (depending on how you want them to appear) and merge them. To merge the layers, press Shift + Ctrl + E. Everything should then be on the same layer.

Now, use the rectangular marquee to select the text and the symbol. Then go to Edit, Define Brush Preset. As the dialog box pops up, enter the name for your brush.

Ta da! You’ve got your own brush! Now, let’s use it. Open any image that you want to personalize. In that image, create a new layer on which you want the personalized text to appear. Choose the brush tool and select the copyright brush from the brush picker. All you have to do now is click where you want the symbol and the text to appear.

Remember that while using this customized brush, the standard brushing rules still apply. You can increase or decrease the size of the brush, as well as, control the brush opacity to give the desired effect.

That’s it! This is all it takes to create your own personalized brush. Now, every time you take an image or color correct it in Photoshop, it will just take one more second to stamp it with your own name.

Happy brushing!

~ Yogesh Bakshi

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