How to create a brush with text {and a freebie}

written by Beckie of

I know it has been posted here a couple of times, but it’s something that gets asked a lot! “How do you create a brush in Photoshop?” (Amanda has instructions for PSE users HERE and HERE)

Making a brush out of text is actually much simpler than you’d think.

First, you start by creating a new file (file>new), and when I am making a brush, I make my file big to start with (you can always size down,  but it is hard to size up). I did 2500×2500 pixels. Also make sure that your background is transparent. You don’t want anything else showing up in your brush except your text.

Next, create your text (it can be a random text, like a quote, or it can be your name for a copyright).

Next, go to “edit” and down to “define brush preset”


Name your brush,


And now you have a custom brush!


And here is the brush on an image


Now for the “freebie” part of the post!! I’ve made 3 brushes to share with you! (you can download them HERE)

Here is a sample of what they are…

brush samples

I hope you enjoy these brushes!

Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed my post, and would like to follow my photography, feel free to head over to my blog, or find me on Facebook!



About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. Cindy Lynn says:

    Thank you. I’ve not used brushes much except of course in the usual ways. Want to learn more. This is so exciting!!

  2. Can you use these with Photoshop Elements?

  3. Thank you for the lovely brushes 🙂

  4. ShirleyB. says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome free brushes!

  5. Thank you so much for the brushes Beckie!

  6. Thank you very much for the brushes – I am having a ball making lots more.

  7. Hi Beckie, do you have any tips on installing these brushes for PSE11?

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