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Pen Tool Brushes by Mintoons Pen Tool Brushes by Mintoons
EDIT: I have tried using these. I turns out sometimes you'll have to go into the brush settings and adjust the "fade" value for the brush's size jitter (under shape dynamics). The lower its value, the more the brush will fade out. So if you have a really short stroke and want to do it with the pen tool, change the brush's settings to a lower value first. (Hopefully you'll understand this, you'll get what I mean when you try to use the brushes in a polished artwork).

Something to celebrate me getting CS4 legally. This is my first brush set so if there's something wrong plz tell me nicely. Now for some Q & A:

Q: What are these brushes for?
A: For people who don't have a graphics tablet or aren't quite steady enough to "ink" their Photoshop work using it.

Q: How do I use them (after installing them)?
A: Basic knowledge of the pen tool is required. I sure hope they'll work on previous versions (CS and up). Most of these brushes are set to "fade", so if you use the pen tool with them, they'll ALWAYS go from thick to thin. With this knowledge, you'll have more control over which areas of your lines are thick and which are thin.

Simply start a path where you want the line to be thickest, then stroke it with the brush tool settings and have "simulate pressure" enabled.

Q: Why are some of them oval?
A: For some more variety and control. Experiment if you want.

Q: I want the oval shape to point the other way
A: Go into the brush settings and click the "brush tip shape" text. Check either the "flip X" or "flip Y" box to flip the shape of the brush any way you want.

Q: I don't like this. I want a brush that handles pen pressure normally
A: That's why I included the 5px pressure brushes at the end. You can easily adjust the size of that one without messing up the stroke. With brushes set to "pen pressure" you must be aware that path ends will ALWAYS be thin and the middle will ALWAYS be thick. I've tried to make a brush that has the ends thick and the middle thin but so far I've been unsuccessful. So in order to do that you'll have to use two different paths with one of the "fade" brushes.


So that's it. Hope they work, and I hope you find them useful for getting around the lack of a tablet. If you do find use for them, you don't have to give me credit or anything, because these were quite easy to make.
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HisBride07 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Thank youuu <3
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AkikoYukito Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this for the paint brush or the pen tool? >>
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They're for the pen tool. To use them, make a path with the pen tool and then stroke it (right click the path and select stroke path) and select the brush to stroke it with. You don't need to simulate pressure because the brushes are already set to fade out in the direction you draw the path in.
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TheMysticAmulet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thankyou ^^
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's okay. Hope they help you out.
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TaishoBee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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Ovelayotli Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Digital Artist
THANKS~!
I was looking for these like a crazy~! xD
You're awesome :D
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msbrainiac Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
thanks! :D
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Bloom450 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student General Artist
thanls.
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Phantassel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heplful! :D
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real-Nekoni Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
OH SNAP!!

Thnks, that really help.
I'll try playing with the brushes a little but for now is working like magic

Thnks again, it rly dig me up from the pit of anger and rage that I was into

YAY's all around :dance:
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I hate falling into those pits too. Glad I could help.
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real-Nekoni Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Hey, sry to bother you since you posted this so long ago, but I cant figure for the life of me, how to make the stroke thin on both ends with out a tablet.
I know I can fade it but it only works on 1 end, not on both.
I kinda need for the brush to be thin on both ends but solid in the middle.
PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ help... I have tried every way possible but im still stuck.
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Okay. You can do that with a normal photoshop brush with pen pressure enabled (size jitter set to pen pressure). Set the brush to whatever size you need, then make a path with the pen tool. Stroke the path and check "simulate pressure" (to be able to do that, you have to right click the path with the pen tool or open the paths palette's menu and choose "stroke path") and it will give you a stroke that starts thin, gets thick in the middle and gradually becomes thin again. Try experimenting with "minimum diameter" in brush dynamics for control over the thin parts.
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QueenHammy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Interface Designer
This just saved me so much time.
But when I try to make them fade a bit in Photoshop, I can set it as 20% or even 100% (even 0%) and the brushes are short strokes, they would be okay if I wanted to draw lashes but yeah. ._.

Help please?
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry it's been so long since I uploaded these. I think I forgot to tell people that in brush dynamics, the size control is set to fade. In the little box that appears next to "fade", there's a number. The higher this number is, the less fade the brush has, so you will need to increase that value (to around 500 or 700) to make longer strokes that look natural.

If the brushes aren't working out for you, you can try using a normal brush with size set to pen pressure, stroke paths with simulate pressure turned on (with the desired brush size), then choose a 1 pixel brush and stroke the path again with simulate pressure turned off. This will give you a stroke of desired length with varying thickness, and the ends won't fade into nothing.
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QueenHammy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Interface Designer
Thank you. <3
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ACatCalledMegan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi. Ive just been playing arouns with brushes and was wondering if you could please answer a couple of questions for me.

1. Can you only do fade on both ends if you use a tablet? If its possible to so without one how do i do it
2. What is the recommended width of a fade brush in your opinion? Ive tried 500ish and it seems to end too short and ive tried 1000 which seems to big. What range is most likely to be helpful?

Ciao :)
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
1. If you're using a tablet you don't need to use fade, because if you use less pressure on the tablet the stroke will get smaller. Use more pressure where you want the stroke to be thick, and less pressure where you want it to be thin.

2. This really depends on the length of your stroke. You will need to change the fade control to values from 500 to 100 to 1500, and you also need to set the minimum diameter of the brush to a value from 10% to 20%. You will most likely have to change these settings as you use longer and shorter strokes.

3. You won't need to use any fade settings if you're using a tablet. Just set the size jitter control to pen pressure and minimum diameter to 10%.
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ACatCalledMegan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :). However my issue is i dont have a tablet :(
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's a shame.

You can get tapering at both ends with a normal brush and the pen tool (if that's what you originally wanted) by setting the brush size jitter to pressure, making the path with the pen tool, right clicking the path and choosing "stroke path" and checking the "simulate pressure" box (after making sure the stroke setting is set to brush.

This is another way to create the look of pen pressure without a tablet.
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ACatCalledMegan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D. Will try it out.
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diva42 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
TY wish i found these sooner just got my 1st tablet today lots to learn now
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good that you got a tablet. Using the paintbrush tool with a tablet is just a matter of getting the hand-eye coordination needed, unless you got a cintiq.

A smudge guard or a nylon glove will also help stop your hand from sticking to the tablet.
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kimine-kun Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ive been searching this for years!!Thanks!!I HATE ps custom brush~they only gave us a fat thick brush duhh
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darkknet Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
hey thnx!! i'v been searchin for this!!
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Mintoons Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome. Hopefully they'll work properly.
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