Photoshop BRUSH : Need a LONG, THIN, rope brush

Sample of Brushes that I need to modify

I am trying to make a rope border on an 8.5 x 11 brochure. I downloaded a free set of ROPE BRUSHES and chose one to accomplish the rope on the top edge of my image which is attached. I did not have to brush on the rope with multiple clicks. It was one long, straight, rope.

I clicked on the image and the 8.5” top border was magically filled with a long thin rope-border. Next, I clicked on the bottom edge and an identical rope filled the bottom edge. But, the rope on the bottom edge was partially hidden by a layer on top of it. So I went out of brushes to work on the layering issue.

When I went back to the brushes, I saw 15+ jpegs. I assumed the jpeg’s were downloaded with the free brush, and I did not know that one could create a brush out of a jpeg, so I thought I was being scammed and deleted all of the jpegs.

I went back to the brushes, but realized that one of the jpegs must have been used to create the rope. I reloaded the brushes and spent 6 hours attempting to recreated my long-thin rope.

I want the rope to be long and thin, but if I increase the 1” identical brush size to 1600 pixels to get the rope long enough, then it becomes enormously wide (2″) as shown in the attached image. HELP! I want my rope to be approx 1/4 in x 11″.

The 2nd rope in the attached image is exactly the width I need. How do I elongate it without increase the width?


Hmmm . . . It would seem these are just images of a rope, not actual properly made Photoshop brushes.

Instead, better to make your own rope brush preset in Photoshop. It can be done in a few minutes, not hours.

All you need to begin with is a photo of some rope. Either take your own photo or find a stock photo.

Use the Pen Tool to make a path around one segment of the rope, and turn the path into a selection, then click Edit > Define Brush Preset

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Open the Brush Settings menu (F5)

Under the Brush Tip Shape settings, change the size to make the brush smaller, then set the Spacing to something like 72%. This percentage will differ depending on the actual rope, so you will need to tweak it until you get something that looks like a rope. Obviously the segments should slightly overlap each other.

Then in the Shape Dynamics, change the Angle Control to Direction.

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Click the tiny menu icon at the top right of the Brush Settings, and click New Brush Preset, give your Brush Preset a name.

That’s it!

Have fun painting ropes!

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To paint a straight line, click once with the brush, hold down Shift, then click another point, and a line will be drawn between the two.

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Change the thickness of the rope by changing the size of the brush

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Source : Link , Question Author : Curt Norman , Answer Author : Billy Kerr

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