Friday, August 30, 2013

Creating a Photoshop Brush Using Scanned Textures (Video)

I originally began painting with Photoshop about seven years ago. Back then, I really tried to mimic the look of painting with oils (my true art love), but lately I feel my work has gotten away from that. It’s not necessarily a bad thing as I have a newer style I really love, but I do miss creating work that looks and feels more traditional.

I recently discovered an artist named Paolo Domeniconi while scrolling through Pinterest. I was blown away to discover that his work is created in Photoshop! His textures are beautiful and painterly and it’s hard to believe they are painted digitally.

After seeing Paolo’s work, I was inspired to take another stab at making my own texture brushes.  When I first began figuring out how to paint using Photoshop (back in 2006), I found this tutorial by Scott E. Franson. The artwork resulting from his custom brushes is gorgeous. I've kept his blog post bookmarked and his method has always stuck with me. As I went back to experiment with my own texture brushes a few weeks ago, I referred back to his post for help. I’m happy that after lots of experimentation, I finally figured out a great method for painting in Photoshop with results I really love.

At the bottom of this post, I’ve included links to download the gesso texture file and the chalk brush for you to get started creating your own gesso texture brushes! Feel free to download and experiment!

Gesso Texture


  1. How awesome was this tutorial. It was fabulous and I have to now start doing some small paintings and scanning them in. I have done small brush stokes before and scanned those in, but now I know that I should go a whole lot bigger. Thank you also for sharing the Gesso texture and the basic chalk brush. I work with Corel painter 12 and it gives me all kinds of brushes with texture, but I can only work with them inside of the program. Thanks again for the wonderful lesson.

    1. Vanessa! So glad you enjoyed it! I hope it comes in handy for you!

  2. I was excited to try your texture brush technique, but found that I didn't have the same brush options in Photoshop cs5 that you are showing (no Other Dynamics option). Which version of Photoshop are you working in?

  3. Oh no! I'm sure there's a way to change the settings. I'm using cs4. Which dynamics do you need help with? I can try to help you there. Let me know!