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Create a brush

Pixelmator Pro brushes are composed of two images (or textures) — a shape and a grain. When you paint, the shape and the grain are repeatedly stamped onto your image to create continuous brushstrokes. You can think of the shape as the outline of a brush and the grain as its internal texture (although the shape also contributes to the texture of a brushstroke).

To create your own brush, you’ll need images of the shape and, optionally, the grain. When creating an image for the brush, any white areas will be 100% transparent and any black areas will be 100% opaque. So a black circle on a white background would create a regular round brush.

Once you have a shape, you'll need to duplicate an existing brush to create a new one. If you're aiming for a look similar to that of an existing brush, it might be best to duplicate that specific brush and start by replacing its existing shape texture.


Duplicate a brush

  1. Choose the Paint tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose if from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Paint (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the B key on your keyboard.
  2. Control ⌃–click a brush and choose Duplicate from the shortcut menu.

After duplicating your brush, you'll need to replace the shape texture.

Add a custom shape texture or grain to a brush

  1. Double-click a brush to begin editing it. You can also click a brush to select it, then hover over it and click Edit.
  2. Choose the General category from the Brush settings pop-up menu.
  3. Click the Shape pop-up menu below the shape texture preview and choose Import. If you want to change the grain of the brush, click the Grain pop-up menu.
  4. Find your shape texture or grain and click Import.

Alternatively, you can simply drag in a new texture directly from your desktop, Finder, or other locations.


Once that's done, feel free to edit the settings of the brush and make it paint just the way you want.

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