How to convert vector shapes into Photoshop brushes
So you’ve acquired an impressive collection of vectors and you want to be able to use them as Photoshop brushes, right ? Well, you can easily transform them into brushes in just a few seconds and I’m here to show you how to do it.
Open your .EPS file in Illustrator and turn all the vector shapes’ color into pure black (#000000). If you vector has more colors, use the Magic Wand (Y) to select each color and hit Delete, leaving only the outline.
(to set Tolerance to “0″, hit Enter after you select the Magic Wand Tool (Y))
Open Photoshop,go to File > New… and create a new document of 2500 x 2500 px in RGB color mode, with the “Background setting set to “White”. (2500 px is the maximum size for the brushes).
Go back to Illustrator, grab the Selection Tool (V), select a vector shape and copy it (CTRL+C).
Go back to Photoshop and paste it in (CTRL+V). When prompted to select the paste type, check “Smart Object” and hit OK.
Now you’re in Free Transform mode. Resize it to fit the entire document, either on width or height, depends which one is larger. Hit Enter to exit Free Transform mode.
Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset…, name your brush and hit OK. Repeat for the other vector shapes.
To save your brushes, open the Brushes palette (F5) and click the small arrow in the top right corner of the window. Select “Preset Manager”. Here, you can delete any extra brushes, load others or rename the brushes.
Hit OK when you’re done cleaning them up.
In the same menu as STEP 7, select “Save brushes…”. Name your set, set its location and hit OK.
How it works:
When you define a brush preset, Photoshop only sees you image in grayscale and uses the gray tones to set the opacity of the brush. That’s why you need to set the vectors to pure black and the background color to white.
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