Photoshop Tutorial - Multicolour PNGs using the Photoshop Brush Tool

Today's Tutorial looks at the Photoshop Brush Tool. Specifically, it will look at how you can easily create beautiful, multicoloured png files using brushes.

 

 
Today's Tutorial looks at the Photoshop Brush Tool. Specifically, it will look at how you can easily create beautiful, multicoloured png files using brushes.
 

 

Photoshop Brush Tool

If you are new to Photoshop, you will soon learn that there are many ways to achieve the same thing. Recolouring is a good example of this.

If you would like to create colourful overlays, or would like to use more than one of your brand colours to style your blog images, this technique is perfect.

Today's video uses a frame overlay to demonstrate how you can take a single-colour PNG file and 'paint' on any number of colours. This technique would work equally as well with more intricate or detailed embellishments. Just reduce the size of your brush to fit the section you are painting. With detailed pngs, you will need to zoom in to paint any tiny areas.

Another way to add multiple colours to a file is to use the Gradient Tool. You can find a video tutorial on how to do that here.

Photoshop Shortcut Tips

BRUSH TOOL:  To select the Brush Tool, press B on the keyboard.

BRUSH SIZE:  To change your brush size up and down while painting, just tap your square bracket keys:  left bracket  [  to make smaller, and right  ]  to make bigger.

ZOOM IN/OUT:  To select the Zoom Tool, press Z on the keyboard. With your mouse placed over the area you want to paint, drag down or right to zoom in, drag up or left to zoom out.

Photoshop Tutorial

The video will show you how to:

  • protect the transparency on your overlay
  • select your brush tool, set the size, and adjust the opacity and flow rates
  • choose and change colours using swatches

 

Resources

The Overlay file used in the video is sized to fit a portrait, Pinterest-friendly image. You can download it in the Resource Library.