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Afro-hair hair brushes

Feb 14, 2012 3:22 AM

Hello everyone,

 

Can someone please tell me how can I create an afro-hair photoshop brushes for digital painting. I've searched the net but cannot find anything.

 

Any reply would be much appreciated.

 

Many thanks in advance

 

 

 

helen

 
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    Feb 14, 2012 6:22 AM   in reply to helen2263

    If you are looking to create a brush tip of a serpentine line with randomization you could

    • reset fore- and background colors

    • use Filter > Render > Clouds

    • create a harsh Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

    • isolate a segment

    • Edit > Define Brush Preset

    • set the proper Shape Dynamics (and possibly Color Dynamics, too)

    • Create new brush

    brushScr.jpg

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Feb 14, 2012 7:10 AM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler
     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 14, 2012 8:17 AM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler

    You post some of the slickest, most creative stuff, C.Pfaffenbichler! Thank you for that!

     

    A while back I downloaded a good predefined set of hair brushes, I think it was by someone named "Sarsa".  I don't recall if there were any good afro brushes in there, though.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 14, 2012 8:23 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Actually I may have picked the clouds/gradient map-method up from someone else – but too long ago to remember who to give credit for it.

     
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    Feb 14, 2012 12:28 PM   in reply to helen2263

    As for the Gradient Map:

    harshGradientMap.jpg

     

    As for isolating a segment: Basically just paint everything else white and then, to make sure, make a Selection (rectangular or otherwise) around the segment.

     
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    Feb 14, 2012 12:53 PM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler

    If anyone is familiar with the Steve Caplin books, he uses the Clouds filter for half the effects he creates!  The classic use is in creating lightning, and you can see how that would work from Christoph's great example.

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Feb 15, 2012 12:49 AM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    Yes, Clouds and Noise (and now Fibers, thanks, Chris Cox!) are the mother of most textures created in Photoshop, I wish there were more fractal/blob/noise types in Photoshop!

    If you agree, vote here: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/improve_ps_fract al_noise_filters (try to contact Steve Caplin, we need heavyweights like him to drive this feature request!)

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 1:33 AM   in reply to Trevor Dennis

    I think it was a lightning-tutorial indeed where I picked that up, so the source you mention is quite possibly the one.

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 2:05 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    I have a registration on the 'How to Cheat at Photoshop' forums, but have not posted for a while.  Steve is very approachable though, so I'll drop him a line.

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 2:26 AM   in reply to helen2263

    I am doing a digital painting for type hair like that and it would be great to create a hair brush to use when I am painting the afro hair.

    Are you familiar with the Mixer Brush Tool? With a curly brush tip that may work for some of the foundation when working over a photograph.

    But basically I guess something like this may need a lot of individual (pressure sensitive) strokes with the Brush Tool or maybe the Smudge Tool.

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 3:50 AM   in reply to c.pfaffenbichler

    Hi guys,

     

    Interesting to see this discussion.

     

    I agree, texture generators have been very underrepresented in Photoshop. The last new one was the Fibers filter, which has a few very specific uses but is limited in its effect. I've been pushing for a reworked Wave filter for literally years, but it's not top of Adobe's list of priorities right now.

     

    What sort of texture generation tools are you after? Can you give me some examples of the type of texture you'd like to produce, and the sort of interface that could generate it?

     

    Happy to help out here, and lend my limited weight to the discussion.

     

    Steve

     
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    Feb 15, 2012 4:59 AM   in reply to Steve Caplin

    Welcome, Steve!

    Hah! to the "limited weight" remark... you know how to cheat in Photoshop, anyways Of course, you know how I intended the heavyweight remark.

     

    Thanks for joining this discussion, and thanks, Trevor, I guess for hinting at this thread.

     

    We know that with a combination of filters, and noise or clouds we can manage to create countless different textures, as yourself, Bert Monroy, Greg Vander Houwen and others have shown it through time.

    I remembered some KPT filters, or some parametric plug-in that was useful in that regard, but having the filters bult-in Photoshop would ensure a more widespread use, hence me pimping a Feedback discussion, where your insight would be useful, too!

     

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    Feb 17, 2012 1:40 AM   in reply to helen2263

    It seems unclear to me what you want: a Brush that paints curly dabs or a Brush with which you want to paint individual curls yourself?

     
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    Feb 18, 2012 12:54 AM   in reply to helen2263

    For illustrative purposes I suppose randomized brush tips with (Pressure-sensitive) Color Dynamics might be employed, but I wonder if that image might have been done with Painter, which (as the names suggest) supposedly surpasses Photoshop with regard to simulating actual painting.

    But I have to admit that this is not my field of experience as I usually work with Photoshop to edit, touch-up, combine … photographs.

    afroHairBrushTest_lay.jpg

     
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:01 AM   in reply to helen2263

    did you use Photoshop to draw your examples?

    Yes.

    The black things at the top I created in Photoshop and used to create new Brush Presets (Edit > Define Brush Preset) – in the Brush Panel I set Shape Dynamics (like a random rotation) and in the Color Dynamics I set some Hue-, Saturation- and Brightness-Jitter and a Pen Pressure-Foreground/Background Jitter – so when painting with two differently bright browns set this allows to influence the brightness when painting.

    The two things at the bottom are examples of the two corresponding brushes applies to copies of the same path (can’t remember if they were also done with the same Fore- and Background Colors).

     

    If you find a combination you like don’t forget to save a new preset in the Brush Presets Panel and occasionally save the Brushes from Edit > Preset Manager to make sure they don’t get lost should Photoshop or your computer crash.

     
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    Feb 19, 2012 10:48 PM   in reply to helen2263

    After reading your message I gather that the two top shapes is what you've used for the bottom examples.

    Correct, those are the basis for the Brush Presets.

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:51 PM   in reply to helen2263

    I posted them fairly small, so you may want to create your own and bigger ones sometime if you get the hang of it.

     
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