Photoshop Chain Brush | Photoshop Brushes | Chains And Jewelry

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Photoshop Brushes | Chains And Jewelry

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Hello, Mercedes. Here from prettywebscom. And today, we’ll be working with Photoshop brushes again. This is a follow-up video for the jewel brush. We worked on last week, so we’ll be working on chains that you can use to incorporate with the jewel brushes to get them even more interesting new brushes, and I’m going to show you Two styles of chains. So the settings for the brushes are very straightforward and will, for the most part be the same for most chain brushes, but the style of the brush is what has so much potential and possibility. So I’m going to show you two styles and then I’m going to show you how you can style them even further to create something a little bit different, but before we get started. I did want to show you some examples from a kit that I have on or that I will have on my website, so I’m going to click over here just to show you These examples really quickly Because I want to show you, You know, different styles that you can get from this. When you’re working with chain brushes, your two basic settings are going to be spacing and your angles. These are all just basic shapes with this one. We added, I’m going to show you how to do this here. In a in a little while, but I just wanted to give you just some examples and ideas for this. This right here is just the same thing right here. Just a bunch of small circles, and then I paired it with two bigger circles. So you kind of get the idea here. You know, we did the same thing over here again over here, but we’re getting even more intricate as we go because I’m just layering, uh, different styles of chains, different sizes. You know, doing all of that stuff to give it a different look. Even though I am still working with basic shapes, So that’s, uh, here’s another example. These are not quite done yet, but I did want to give you an example because this kind of goes off of the gemstone thing that we worked on last week. And I wanted to show you these in particular. You know where we have right here? We have a big gemstone, and then we have these little chains in between, but let me zoom in, and hopefully it’s not too. It doesn’t get too fuzzy, but you can see how you know. We’ve added very small design elements in between here so anyhow, this is just an example you can get even more elaborate and more intricate with these basic shapes. But you know, that’s just to kind of give you an idea. Of course you can use jewelry and other things to give you some inspiration, but let’s go ahead and get started with this so here on the side. If you’ve noticed, I do have another document open. All this is is a foil texture that we created in another video and I will give you a link to that down in the description and up here in the corner. Just so that you have it if you’re interested in learning how to make this, But any foil, texture, gold texture. You know anything like that Silver rose gold? Whatever you have is going to work for this. We’re just I’m just going to show you how to make a brush where you can preload all of your metallics into it, and then just start painting without having to add styles or do any of that stuff, so we’re going to start here with a 1000 by 1000 pixel document and we’re working with a white background. The background is very important because anything that’s white is not going to register on this brush. Anything that is black is going to register 100 opaque, so it’s going to be solid color, and then any gradation between white and black is going to be transparent, but the transparency is going to depend on where it’s falling on that gray scale. So if it’s closer to white, it will be more transparent if it’s closer to black, it will be more opaque but still will be transparent. The only one that is solid is going to be black and the white will be fully transparent. So just keep that in mind when you’re creating your brushes, that is going to help you a lot and I’m going to show you how to create a brush like that here in a second, so the first thing we’re going to do is just create a basic chain, so we’re going to use the ellipse tool and right. Now I have it on fill. I don’t want to fill this one, so I’m just going to take out the fill and I’m going to come here to stroke and make sure that that is black, so we have a black stroke for this and I’m going to take this down to 6 pixels. So if you want to dainty daintier chain, you would do a thinner a loop or a link, and if you want a chunkier more like men’s jewelry style, then, of course, you would go thicker on the chain, So I’m doing something in between because I want it to be visible on the screen. This is going to be the basic shape for the chain. It’s very simple and I’m just going to come here to edit Define Brush Preset. I’m not going to name it, but you could name it. Anything you want. And now we have that brush here. I’m gonna add a new layer just for testing, and I’m gonna come here to my brush settings now. If you don’t have your brush settings here on your side panel, you will find it here so you can come here to brush settings and just go ahead and click on that, and that will come up for you. The settings that were going to work with here are going to be spacing, so we are going to take the spacing up now. We want to make sure that these are linking. So you don’t want to have it way out here. It just wouldn’t make any sense you could have it. You know, somewhere right here, if you wanted, but for this one, we want it to be linking, so I’m going to leave it, right. About 80 85 percent 86 I guess is where it landed for me so 86 on this one and then, and this, of course, is your preference. You know, however, you want that that’s pretty much. All you need because this is a circle brush. So if I come in here, it’s going to follow itself because it is a circle. You don’t really need to change. The shape dynamics at all. But I’m going to do it anyway. Because I just always do this So angle jitter. Your control is going to be direction that way. Your chain follows itself. I know it’s doing that anyway. Because it’s a circle, but for other brushes where you have odd shapes and where you have links and things like that, This is very important, so I’m going to show you a square brush in a while, and I’ll give you an example of that, and I’m going to come here to the little hamburger menu and I choose new brush preset and all I’m going to do is capture brush size and that’s it. So this is a basic chain and ill. Click OK now. If I wanted to make this even more interesting. Maybe I could duplicate this one, so I just was holding the option key, and I duplicated that press the letter V on the keyboard, and I’m gonna bring this over, but I’m gonna make it smaller. Press the letter U to bring up my shape settings right here, and I’m going to add some opaque color. There now what I’m going to do is I could leave it like this, and this would be a flat chain, but if you wanted to add some dimension to this, you could come in here. Double click on the far right hand side. Bring up your layer styles. And if you remember when I told you about the gradation, so we’re going to use that to add some dimension to this little thing right here. You could add it to this as well, so we’re going to come here to bevel and emboss we’re adding an inner bevel technique smooth well. Leave our depth at lets. Take this up a little bit more ill. Leave it, right, right, around 550 is fine. And then I’m going to take my size to 16 so I’m just getting this spiky cone style right there. This contour is called triple ring. But you can use any of these well. Go ahead and leave it at this one. I believe this is called peaks, so we’ll leave it at peaks, but you know, any of those you can experiment with all of that stuff, and then my highlight. I’m leaving it White 100 percent, my shadow Black 100 and I’m going to click, OK? Just click on the option key and drag all of those same settings to the ring itself to the chain, and, um, it’ll apply it to that as well, so I’m going to come here to edit define brush preset and this is going to be our. Um, I don’t know, I’ll call it link. Now I’m going to turn those off and turn my sampling layer back on. I’m going to come back in here to my brush settings here to spacing and I’m going to space this out more than 100 percent because this we’re going to use as a link, so I’ll go ahead and leave it at 120 120 and see what that looks like, and then I’m going to come here to shape dynamics before I go into shape dynamics, though, and make any changes to that angle jitter. I just wanted to show you what this brush would look like before. I do that so you can see right there. How it’s just not following itself. It’s not fluid, it doesn’t flow like a chain of wood. You know, for situations like this is where we need to make sure that we have direction selected here under angled jitter. And that is going to give us that flow that we need in order to make it look like a chain. I’m going to delete that layer and we’ll start over again. I’m going to come over here or we’re just going to use a rectangle. Just any rectangle. I have it at six. I’m going to make this a little thicker. Maybe we’ll go eight for this one. And then we’ll add another little link here, and I’m actually going to remove this stroke for that and then just fill it. This is going to be the chain that we’re going to be creating and again just basic shapes. We have a rectangle here and another smaller rectangle there, but we’ve made it solid, So I’m going to grab both of these. I’m going to hold the shift key. Grab that first rectangle. And then the second one. So I have them both selected letter V on the keyboard to bring up these alignment tools, and I’m going to align it vertically. So this is going to be the vertical vertical center for that just to make sure that it is right there. I’m going to go ahead and leave this flat and I’m going to come here to edit. Define Brush Preset and Ill. Just call this square chain. Go ahead and click. OK when I say flat. What I’m talking about is I didn’t add any gradation like that bevel and emboss that we did. Earlier, It’s just a flat, black, opaque brush, go ahead and add a testing layer there, and then I’m gonna come here to the brush settings. I’m gonna make sure to check off shape dynamics and choose direction. And then I’m going to come up here to brush tip shape and add some spacing now. The spacing for this is going to be much higher because it’s a longer brush and we also have that little link that spacer here in between, so I’m going 195 We’ll see what that looks like, and we can adjust it later on if we need to. I’m seeing some gaps here, so I’ll bring that down to 190. Okay, let’s see what that looks like you could have added, you know, all of the bevel and emboss and everything and given this some dimension, but I do. I did want to show you another way. Which is why I have this here, so I’m going to go ahead and save this brush. I’m going to come here to file. Brush preset ill. Just call this scorechain2 click OK, but what I’m going to do is come over here to the brushes, and I’m going to hold click and hold that until the fly-out menu comes out and I’m going to choose this one. It’s called Mixer Brush, come over here to the brushes, and I’m going to choose the brush that I just created and then I’m going to come over here to this document. Make sure you’re inside of that document. Hold the alt key and then just choose a portion of it. You can kind of get a little example of what you’re picking up right here. This is the reservoir like a little paint reservoir and it’s going to hold that pattern in it. So that when you come back over here to this side, make that brush smaller when you come back to this side, you’re getting that pattern already inside of that shape, so you don’t have to add layer styles or do anything like that. Let’s make a bigger copy, so you can see that. Let me add some black here, so we can have some good contrast, and then what we’re going to do with this. If you’re happy with the way, it looks and everything we can come back into this section right here. The brush settings come here to the hamburger menu. Choose new brush preset. And this time. We are going to choose include tool settings and include color. This is going to keep that gold texture inside of our brush. So that next time we use it, It’s already going to be pre-loaded in there. I’m going to go ahead and click OK. So if I come back over here, you’ll see where it has that little droplet above it and the color. So my base color is black. That doesn’t really matter because you’re not going to be able to see it anyway, but whenever I come back to this color, it’s going to load black as my base, and then that pattern is going to be over it. So if I go back over here to brushes and I have this selected. Well, you can’t see it because I have that black, but you know, you’re getting that just basic brush, but if I come over here and I just click on this brush, It’s automatically going to go to that mixer brush, and it’s going to go to this loaded gold because those are the settings that I saved for this particular brush. So then you can come on in and paint, so you’d have to make this style. You know, if you’re doing gold. Silver rose gold, all of that stuff. You’d actually have to save the brush three times in order to get the gold brush the rose gold brush the silver brush. You know, you do the work up front and then later on, you don’t have to worry about it. You can just start painting with those patterned brushes, and that’s going to save you a lot of time. If this is something that you’re going to be using a lot, so if you like this video, please make sure to like share. Subscribe to this channel, or if you have any tips or something that you’ve learned along the way about creating chain brushes like this, I’d love those comments as well and don’t forget to visit prettywebscom for more design, resources and tutorials until next time. Thanks for watching.