Sometimes the basic hard round brush leaves your lines feeling... flat.  If you want to throw in some quick pencil texture at the end of a digital sketch, Photoshop makes it easy! This video is not a replacement for custom brushes, but it works well in a pinch.  

Note:  In the video I use the 'Multiply" blending mode, though sometimes others are more effective.  Overlay is a nice alternative depending on the value range of your texture image.  

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Custom brushes can be a wonderful time-saver for your digital painting workflow.  Though they can be downloaded from the internet, the very best ones are those that you create from scratch. This premium series explores custom brush design including real world test-cases, and can only be found in the store.

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Part 1 dealt with using custom brushes for their shape, and this video takes an opposite approach. Sometimes brushes need to be used in conjunction with other tools, like clipping masks, to get the most utility out of them.If you want to know more about making your own custom brushes from scratch, make sure to check out the premium series Custom Brush Design.

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Custom brushes can be a challenge to use successfully. Digital painters often think of them in terms of traditional brushes: flat, bristle, fan - etc. To get the most out of Photoshop's custom brush engine, a digital painter needs to broaden their definition of 'brush'. This mini-series aims to shed some light on the unusual ways custom brushes can be manipulated in a painting workflow. 

If you want to know more about making your own custom brushes from scratch, make sure to check out the premium seriesCustom Brush Design.

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Painting is generally done with basic, versatile, brushes. Sometimes however, you're better off using a custom brush to accomplish a specific end. In this video I showcase a brush pack designed to make the task of painting machine guns and muzzle flares easier. The brush pack is free, so feel free to download it!

And if you're intrigued by this concept of custom brushes, there's an entire Premium Series dedicated to it in the Ctrl+Paint store!