Sometimes I need a nice high contrast brush with very minimal anti-aliasing. This can be a problem with the default brushes in Photoshop. The basic round Brush Tool, at it's "hardest" setting, is still a relatively soft brush. And the Pencil Brush tool is too mechanical and pixelly. It was this problem that drove me to create this brush, which is very high contrast, but not completely without some anti-aliasing. It has a nice organic quality that prevents it from feeling like the Pencil Brush so it feels much nicer in the hand, and produces a much nicer line. It's not a complex brush, but if you are like me, you may find yourself reaching for it a lot.
It's good for inking, particularly if you need photo-ready artwork. As I said, it's not completely without anti-aliasing, but if you run a threshold adjustment on it when you are done, you will find not many pixels get dropped out.
Here is a illustration I recently did for my brewing club using this brush.
Download and enjoy!
High Contrast Brush
For those of you using pre-CS5 versions of Photoshop, this particular brush is simple enough you can re-create it yourself. Here's how:
- Open the 'Brush' palette by going to Window->Brush
- Start with a standard round 5 pt. brush.
- set 'Hardness' to 100%
- Check 'Spacing' and set to 25%
- Under 'Shape Dynamics' set:
- brush size to 'Pen Pressure'
- set 'Minimum Diameter' size of 7%
- Under 'Dual Brush' set:
- pick a standard round brush and set the size to 3 px
- set spacing to 25%, Scatter to 0, Count to 1
- set the 'Mode' to 'Hard Mix'
That's all there is to it. It's basically one round brush with a dual round brush using a hard mix. Enjoy!