Brushes!  Brush sets for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro

                                                          by Bloodsong


Hairy Brushes

     No, they don't shed hairs into your paint!  These are designed to go with Kozaburo & Yamato's tutorial on creating transparency maps for Poser hair.  They can also be used for smudging hair and fur, like the furry brushes.

    These rake-style brushes come in three sizes, at four different angles.  Here they are in action.  You can get soft edges with the paintbrush, or hard edges with the pencil.  Remember you can use a fade on the brushes to get that nifty fade-out-at-the-end look. ;)

And remember to click here to download the Hairy Brushes!   Unzip the ABR file into your 'Shop/Brushes directory (or, basically, wherever you want it), then load them into your brush palette.  (Note: if you are a Paint Shop Pro user, despair not!  Change the file name from .abr to .jbr, and you have brushes you can use!)


Furry Brushes
                         

    When you are touching up a 3D render and trying to get that 'helmet hair' to look more natural, Furry Brushes are the ones to use.  There are detailed tutorials on doing hair and fur, but the basic premise is, you use the smear tool to pull out little wispy strands.  For single strands, you can use a normal round brush, and for basic fur you can use 'Shop's 'little spatter of paint' brush (in the Assorted brush library).
     Working with these, I found a need to have more detailed furry brushes... so I made a whole library of 'em!

    And here they are!  Dark, standard, and un-antialiased, in 3 sizes; 2 diagonals, a vertical and horizontal in standard size.  Click to download.  Unzip the ABR file into your 'Shop/Brushes directory (or, basically, wherever you want it), then load them into your brush palette.  (Note: if you are a Paint Shop Pro user, despair not!  Change the file name from furry.abr to furry.jbr, and you have brushes you can use!)

Tips:  use the smear/smudge tool at a low intensity, around 50-60%.  Draw the brush along the direction of the hair in long, flowing strokes.  If you have trouble with smearing the background when you fluff hair/fur out, try copying and pasting just the hair to a new layer. (If you're worried that stroking out the hair will mess up stuff, then open a new, empty layer, and check the 'merge visible' option on the tool.  Then you can smear stuff up onto your new layer and turn it off or down if it doesn't turn out quite right.)

     Painting with the furry brushes poses a bit of a problem.  Instead of smooth strands, you get... ick, dots!  However, this is easily remedied.  Double click the brush you want to paint with, and change the spacing.  Here is the default spacing, 25% (ick), and more reasonable spacing of 10% and 5%.  On the far right is the same 5% paint brush with the fade option enabled, with a fade of 22 and 66.  You can use the paintbrush, pencil, or airbrush, or even the burn/dodge tools.

   You can see hair/fur brushing in my work in the illustration wing.  Check out "Lethal Beauty," "The Apparition," "A Swift Turn of the Dance" (for lots of fur!), etc.