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7 easy steps to turn your logo into a Photoshop brush

Help! I spend too much time in Photoshop.

After years of working in Photoshop, I am not an expert in saving time. I play way too much, and that’s how I like it!

I can, however, explain some tricks that will make your life a little easier. One of the questions I get asked most often is how to make your logo into a brush. It’s our studio policy to put our logo and website on all web images. Hopefully this quick tutorial will be as useful for you as it is for me!

Step 1

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Open a 2500 x 2500 pixels at 300 dpi document. This is the largest size your brush can be. When your logo is a brush, you will want to make it ‘black and white’ as possible for it to show up crisp on your image. If you have a light, multicolored logo, you may find out using it as a brush isn’t the best idea.

Step 2

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Place your logo on the 2500×2500 document created. You can drag and drop it, copy and paste it, anything to get it on the brush document. Make sure your logo is big enough to scale to this document. Smaller logos will be blurry if you have to upsize to fit the document.

Step 3

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Now go to edit –> define brush preset. (Note: If it is not clickable, your document is bigger than the 2500 pixel limit.) Click on “Define your brush preset”. You should now see your logo as a brush in the brush palette.

BUT, we are not done yet. You need to save this brush, otherwise it will disappear next time you close Photoshop or change your brushes.

Stay with me here…

Step 4

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Click on the arrow next to your brush preset picker. This will bring down all the thumbnails of your brushes. On the right of that window, click the arrow. This will bring up a fly-out menu. You now want to click on the “Preset Manager.”

Step 5

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Your next step is to clear out all the other brushes except your new logo brush. You can do that by clicking on the first brush, then hold the shift button down and click the brush next to the logo brush.

This will not permanently delete your brushes; it just removes them so you can make a new set. (This can also be done before you create any brushes, but for the sake of showing you how to add to the set, we’ll put this step here.)

Step 6

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

After you have cleaned out all the brushes, click “done.” Your logo brush will be the only brush in your palette now.

Step 7

Shelley Harrington on how to build a logo brush

Sample using logo brush by Steve HarringtonRepeat the steps of opening your brush menu and the fly-out option and go to “Save Brushes.” This step will name your brushes. Once saved, you will be able to load this brush from the presets at any time.

Note: If you use this brush for your web images, you may find the need to size it down. I have made mine extra-large so that it is crisp and clean and can be used on prints if needed. Now that you have the steps, you can make various sizes and renditions of brushes.

Good luck with this and if you need any help, feel free to email me at Shelley@steveharrington.net.

Make sure to look for new product coming from Steve and Shelley Harrington – Destination Graduation. It will teach you how to “outdo, outshine and outclass the competition.” Available April 1, 2012.

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  • http://twitter.com/CameraMark Mark Smith

    Thanks Steve – very useful bit of info

  • andybondurant

    Mark – just to clarify…it was Shelley who wrote the article (Steve takes all the awesome pictures). Thanks for leaving the comment!

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  • TLPoppa

    I appreciated this tutorial!! Love it!! Thanks Shelly!!

  • Jasmine Jones

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It was easy to follow and really helped me out.

  • Eden

    Super!!!

  • MitziMay

    Where did my other brushes go? you said they would still be there, can’t find them anywhere.

  • Julie

    So where are all my other brushes now????

  • Kristyn

    Skip step 5 where it says to delete all your other brushes, as you will actually end up deleting all your brushes (at least in CS6).. Go right to the step where it says to “save brushes” and you should be good. If you’ve read this after the fact, to get your default brushes back, just click “reset brushes.”

  • Lee-Anne Wilson

    Just deleted all my other brushes!!!! :( Can I get them back?!

    • http://www.jhportrait.com/ Jim H

      Kristyn posted above: If you’ve read this after the fact, to get your default brushes back, just click “reset brushes.”