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How to Make GIMP Brushes by Zinnia-Aster How to Make GIMP Brushes by Zinnia-Aster
I just finished my tutorial on how to make brushes in the GIMP. I hope it isn't too confusing. This is my first GIMP tutorial. I hope it is helpful in some way. It was fun to make anyway, but now I have a headache. :(

I just learned how to do this myself so, if I left anything out let me know and I will add it into the tutorial. I may do some tutorials on how to make patterns too, but we'll see.

Anyway, enjoy!

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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
thank you! :) :bow:
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:iconstubborninsomniac:
stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
why are my brushes ending up staying black when i have a color selected to use with it?
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winxlover12345 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
thanks for this wonderful tutorial
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Sharisurineru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have th newest gimp version and gbr is not in the "save as" option. do i need to export first than save?
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Sharisurineru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok.. forget that question but now i saved it in exports but now gimp does not recognize the new brush after refreshing it. do i need to restart gimp entirely or redo the brush again? my gimp version is 2.8
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ecurbsemaj Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thank you, this is quite helpful.
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:iconsebryan:
sebryan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Great tutorial! I'm new to gimp, your directions were wonderful. Thanks!
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:iconjaqurose:
jaqurose Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
There is no eye D:
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:iconmxgirl199:
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, very cool. I wonder will it work with photoshop?
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Thank you. :dance:

Will the brush work with Photoshop, or will the tutorial? If you save the brush as a .abr file, you can use it in both GIMP and Photoshop. But if you want to know how to make a brush in photoshop, I have a tutorial for that here: [link]

Good luck on making brushes! It is fun once you get the hang of it. :D
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:iconmxgirl199:
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant the brushes. But I'll have to try next week after school's out. I don't have much time anymore.
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Ah, alright. Yes, as long as you save them as .abr, they will work in both Photoshop and GIMP. Good luck with school! :lol:
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
This tutorial has been used in the following news article:
:star: Introduction to Tutorials at deviantART

Thank you so much for taking the time to produce guides to help artists!
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:iconvhsurvey:
vhsurvey Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Really helpful, thanks.
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White-Balverine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a problem that I hope you can answer: I have been making some GIMP brushes, but whenever I go to use them, the brush is just whatever color the image was. Say if the image was black, but I have red selected, then the image will still be black. Heres an image if I'm not making any sense:
[link]
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BUtifulDeath Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been having that same issue,and I don't know how to fix it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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MagnumtheHedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Great tutorial, thanks, :D
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:iconmookieandpookie:
mookieandpookie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much for this. i made one but for some reason i couldnt get the paths tool to work right.
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
You're welcome. :D

Oh, really? Hm. The Paths tool is pretty difficult at first, it took me a while to figure it out. I hope to make a tutorial about it in the near future.
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creamedcak33 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
helpful but my brush didnt save......
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Oh, really? What happened when you tried to save it?
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:iconcreamedcak33:
creamedcak33 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
sorry i moved and couldnt reply...anyway it said something about script fu not been able to do it or something
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Oh, that's OK. Hm, that's odd. What version of GIMP do you have?
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:iconcreamedcak33:
creamedcak33 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
um 2,6 or something
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Hm, I see. That is really odd, I'm not sure what could be causing your error. Have you tried to make any brushes since then?
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:iconcreamedcak33:
creamedcak33 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
yeah
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Still having the same error?
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CJ10706 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Ok I really like your tut, but when I go to click File for saving it my GIMP has an error and closes out?
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
I'm not entirely sure, does it have this problem while saving any file type? You may need to reinstall the software or update it. What version of GIMP do you have?
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drawing-beast157 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
awesome!! that outta help a lot, thanks :)

ps it's not confusing at all :)
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I'm very glad! :) You're welcome, and thank you.
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drawing-beast157 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
^_^
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Just to be clear,what format should the source image be in?
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Hello. :)

OK, when you say format, do you mean like a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or BMP file format? If so, I believe it doesn't, matter. As long as you add the alpha channel it should work fine.

I hope to be rewriting this tutorial sometime soon, so it will be updated and much better. :) I will be making some for patterns too.

If you have any more questions, let me know.
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hyau48 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Thank you.
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:iconzinnia-aster:
Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
You are so welcome. ^^; I hope it helped you.
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sadiauddin Featured By Owner May 22, 2009   Writer
It worked for me the first time, now it doesn't work anymore! PLEASE HELP ME! it keeps on saying is

"GIMP brush Message

GIMP brushes are either GRAYSCALE or RGBA

GIMP Message

Saving 'C:\Users\owner\.gimp-2.6\brushes\Untitled.gbr' failed:

GIMP brush plug-in could not save image"

And it's 2.6.6 that i am using, and i always put it on GRAYSCALE, i don't understand, PLEASE HELP ME!
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
I'm not sure why you are having a problem, I made one again and it worked fine for me. Just try to follow the tutorial step by step again. Make sure that when you make a new image that it IS in grayscale, and make sure to flatten the image as you are saving the brush. Good luck.
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MuffinMachine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I was having this same problem. Turns out the answer is to flatten the image. Even if you don't have more than one layer, it's already grayscale, you have to flatten it. On the layer window, right click on any layer and go down to "flatten image". That seems to do it. Good luck.
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Moa-isa-JediKnight Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Student General Artist
YAAY!!! THNX SOO MUCH FOR THIS!!! you have saved me hours of furstration!!
lol(^_^)
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Oh, you're so welcome. I'm glad, because it definitely made me frustrated trying to figure it out! :D Have you made any brushes yet? If you do I wouldn't mind seeing how they turn out!
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Moa-isa-JediKnight Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student General Artist
no, but im gonna soon...as soon as i get off my lazy but lol
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Lol, OK. :)
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Moa-isa-JediKnight Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Student General Artist
:D
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mtcougar561 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thanks so much!!
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Zinnia-Aster Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Thank you so much!! I hope it is helpful to you! :)
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