How To Create And Install Your Own Brushes

Updated on: December 15, 2014

Hello and welcome to this video on the Gimp. Now on this video, we're gonna cover the Brush Tool a little more in-depth than we did on our prior video but this one is going to show you a little bit more about how you can create your own brush and how you can find some free brushes on the internet and how you can install both those and those you create yourself.

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Now here we are at Deviantart.com and again it's a pretty cool site. It's free. Once you get registered, come on back and log-in then go to categories, come on down here to Resources, come on up to Application Resources, and Gimp Brushes. There's over a hundred of them here so play around. Have fun. What I wanna show though is one for filmstrips because well I'm in the video biz. Just click on whichever one that you want to check out. And this is basically what happens and there's a lot of information in here too, some comments, kind of a form of source for you to give the creator their to let them know how well you like the item. Then you just click on Download and save this to my desktop and if I seem to be going too fast well that's what the little pause button is down here on our video so I'm gonna try to squeeze much info in this video as possible.

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Any who that should be downloaded. There it is. So let's move this guy down and come on up here. Here we are. Right-click, extract, and I'm using the extraction wizard found inside of Windows. You can do the same thing with Zip. But hey, this is free. That's free. But this came with the program so now that I got it unzipped, downloaded, open it up. Here are the brushes. So you want to select them all by control key and A on my keyboard. I'm gonna deselect this guy because I don't need that. It's just an image. Control key and left-click mouse, right click anywhere in here, left-click on Copy. Now that you are in my clipboard, now then let's follow that path I showed you. And here we are. You just go to your Windows Explorer on how you're gonna do it. See Program Files then Gimp. That's we are here.

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Click on that, come on down to Share, come on over to Gimp, and Brushes. Now if you are coming across some gradients that you find, same process --- patterns, scripts, themes, same process. For the most part, this is where you go to install. Let's go to brushes. These are all the brushes that are in there currently. Right-click it that stuff out of my clipboard and paste it here. There we go. Now then we're almost done with this. We need to go back to our here at the Gimp. And if we look here, we'll see those brushes are not in here yet. And again, these are those that come as a default. Once you install your Gimp for these are what's that come along the program. So now to get those that we just downloaded and pasted into that folder into here so we can use them. First, you gotta go to file, dialogs, down here to these brushes, and then you don't see it down here yet, click the refresh button and now they are there.

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Same process if you download any other brushes. How you can get them in there. Then the same process if you create your own brushes which we're gonna do here in a second. And copy/paste into that folder, come back here --- file, dialog, brushes, refresh. That's how you do it. Now then, we can see they are now in here. And I'm just gonna give you a quick rundown. Let's get us a new palette open up here, 250 by 250. Let's get one of those filmstrips in here and that's not very big. You can adjust the size obviously here. There's a different color in there. There you go. Different angle. Okay, you get the idea. Now you can use something like this. Just create your own little collage. You can create something like this for safe. What I would do and we'll do especially on an upcoming video is use this as a background for a DVD e-cover that we're gonna go over. Again, that's gonna be in a different video. But just some of the cool things that you can do spend some time, go out and find this some brushes. Again, don't spend much money whenever they're free for crying out loud. Get you some free brushes and install them and if you got a wild hair and an imagination you can also create your own and that's what we're gonna do now. First thing I'm gonna do is pull this cat up and now then what I'm gonna show you is how to create this using a 250 by 250. Ideally, you might want something smaller like a 50 by 50 or 20 by 20. That way you want to adjust the scale that much but in either case.

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And I'm not much of an artist folks so good laugh in there in the back. I hear you. That, by the way, is a foot if you have guessed. Now then, once you created your little masterpiece, to make this a brush come on up here to file, Save As, and I'm gonna save it on the desktop here just for ease of finding. Then whatever you name it, for example, foot. You gotta end it with ".gbr” because that just tells the software that "hey, this is in fact a brush." Click on Save. This comes up, just click on Save. Get this guy out and then minimize that. Now we shall install the foot just like we did the other, the ones we downloaded. Go to Brush, right-click anywhere, paste it because you know it was in my clipboard and then come on back here. Bring it over -- File, Dialog, Brushes, Refresh. There's my foot right there. Go to that, bring up my clean canvass, and get my foot there. Too big. That's right. So let's make this guy a little bit smaller here. There we go. Cool, huh? Anyway, that folks is how you create your own brushes and that's how you can find some cool free brushes on the internet, download them, and also how you can install them yourself. So, have fun with this. Enjoy it. Hope you learned something from the video and by all means, have a great day!

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