Illustrations/Digital Models: Making Custom Brushes using GIMP

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    Welcome to my tutorial on making your own custom brushes. Custom brushes are useful because they make sure you don’t need to re-do an effect every panel. You can download really good ones from deviant art for explosions etc but my tutorial will show you how to copy an effect and make a brush of it.

    1) First off, choose a picture and download it, I’m using one of Coolhands pictures from OOTDL. Zoom in on the bit you want to copy using the zoom tool.

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    2) Draw around the bit you want to copy (If there is multiple parts to the brush you want, draw around the first bit) and then hit enter.

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    3) CTRL+C it and then go to Start>New you will be prompted for Dimensions. Now you want this as small as possible so I go for 60 Width and 50 Height.

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    4) Set the background layer to screen and then put opacity down to 0.

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    5) Create a new Layer and call it Brush

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    6) Paste the part of the picture you copied onto this layer. It may be too big so you may need to re-size it using the scale tool. (If you were making a brush from scratch you would make it on this layer). Now is the moment to repeat steps 2 and 6 is your brush is made of multiple parts.

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    7) Now go to File>Save instead of adding a .JPG suffix add a .GBR suffix. Then save it in a easy to access folder.

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    8) Exit Gimp and open the file location. CTRL+C the brush and then go my computer.

    9) Click on Windows (C>Program Files (x86 on mine)>Gimp (2.0 on mine)>Share>gimp>2.0>Brushes and paste in the file. You will be prompted for administrator privileges, click yes.

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    10) Open up Gimp again.

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    11) Go to the brush tool.

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    12) Go to brushes down below the layers options. Your brush is now available to use.

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