Texturing: Fur Texture and Creating Custom Brushes

Painting a Fur Texture:

For this texture, it will be done in greyscale or monotone. As always we will start with a mid tone fill colour.


Under the calligraphy brushes in photoshop, we chose the Calligraphic Flat Blunt Stiff brush to do the next step. There was a few adjustments we made in the brush preset:
Bristle Qualities Shape: Round fan Bristle 33%
Length 100%
Thickness 21%
Stiffness 85%
Angle 0%
Spacing 1%
Tick Colour Dynamics
Size Jitter Controls: Fade, 100
Purity -1%
Taskbar options: Size 48pix
Opacity 100%
Flow 10%
Opacity pressure button on

Then with a lighter mid grey, we started painting in the mid pass of the fur. Keeping in mind to make sure you keep your brush strokes random, otherwise they will look too thought out and will lose it’s natural feel.


For the next step we made a custom brush, we did this by taking an ordinary brush within photoshop and painting some flicks. Making sure we started of with a dark end and finishing with a lighter more opaque tip.
Once we had a brush stroke we liked we did a bit more tweaking trying to get the stroke to resemble more of a hair follicle. Using an eraser with opacity set to pen pressure on it we fixed the gradation of the brush stroke and rounded off the end of it.


We then used this brush to start painting in some of the under fur. Avoiding the colour black we stuck to mid darker greys, if we had more time to polish this texture there would be a wider range of value giving it more depth.


Using the same brush we now grab a lighter grey, one a tad lighter than the one we used on the mid pass layer. This is to put in some of those hairs that catch the light.

Remembering to keep this random and varying the size of the flicks.

This is my end result. I worked the darker and lighter hair follicles a bit more and used the eraser in parts to help break up my mid pass layer a bit.


Our other task for this class was to learn how to make our own brushes using brush marks in acrylic on illustration board.

To create a custom brush in photoshop, you can use your own photos, full or partial, or paint some brush marks on illustration board.

Using the marquee tool or lasso tool, make your selection around the part of the image you want to make a brush. Once you have your selection, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset. Here you get the chance to name your brush, once done you click ‘OK’.

If you want to make your brush a bit more interesting, go to Window>Brush. With your new brush selected you can start to make adjustments to it. Most common adjustments are hardness, how feathered you want the edge of the brush. Size jitter and angle jitter when set to pressure can help vary the brush, making it more interesting when you use it.

Colour Dynamics, with apply per tip ticked on (CS6), with foreground/background jitter increased can make the brush multicoloured, good for painting hair or fur.


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