Brushes As Stencils

The stencil design trend seems to be becoming more mainstream and a little trendy. Photoshop can make real easy work of your stencils.

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First, let’s start with the image we want to make a stencil of. You’re going to want to go to your Channels palette [Window > Channels] and try to find the channel that has the most contrast. For me, it was the Blue channel.

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Right click on the channel and choose “Duplicate Channel…” You can name it whatever you want. With your duplicated channel selected, bring up the Levels dialog [Ctrl + L]. Play with the sliders until you get a decent edge and enough of the detail you want.

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Hold the [Ctrl] key and click on your new channel, this will bring it up as a selection. Press [Ctrl + Shift + I] to inverse your selection. Now click on the RGB (or CMYK) channel.

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Now go up to [Edit > Define Brush Preset...]. Name it whatever you want, just as long as it’s something you can remember.

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Now you have your brush stencil made. Go to whatever document you want and select the brush tool [B]. Go up to your Brush Presets in your Option Bar and scroll to the bottom… you should see your newly created brush.

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Now you can just paint your ‘stencil’ on like a normal brush. You can even adjust the size by using the [{] and [}] keys.

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Repeat the process as much as you want and start doing some creative collaging.

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  1. May 13, 2008 12:39 pmJennifer

    hi, I love this tutorial! I use it all the time. Thanks for putting it out there to find!

 
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