Not sure if anyone has asked this before, but is it possible to import Photoshop brushes into Blender 2.8 for both Grease Pencil and Texture Mapping? Here are some brush samples of what I'm looking for:

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  • $\begingroup$ Not directly, but is there and example of the kind of brush or texture result that you want to emulate? I can try to dig around and find some alternatives if you can give examples to imitate. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2019 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ @CraigDJones Thanks for answering. I provided an image above. I was thinking of something complex like brushes that are heavy with textures. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2019 at 16:31
  • $\begingroup$ Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2019 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ I am looking at Grease Pencil and it is not using procedural textures as masking or in the brush yet - though you can set up an image texture to repeat along the stroke or as a fill inside the stroke. I know a lot about Texture Paint and using image painting to get these effects, but it isn't something I know how to apply to Grease Pencil. I would be wasting your time if I took you down the route of texture painting to get the same effect. If you want to know how to manipulate the texture paint brushes, I can help there. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2019 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. I'll try and ask over at rightclickselect.com. Appreciate the help. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2019 at 21:19

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There is a way around this. You can convert photoshop custom brushes (ABR files) into PNG files using the free OpenSource programme ABRViewer. Alternatively just save a masked PNG that you want to use as a brush.

Using Grease Pencil in Blender 2.8 make sure you're in Draw mode. Then click on the Active tool tab. Change brush name and make other changes to settings you might want.

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Then add a new material (in material tab). Under the checked Stroke section change Style to Texture.

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Under this will appear an Open box. Click this to browse for the brush PNG you want to use.

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I change Mode Type to Dots. If you want to use your own colour, rather than the colour of the brush, check Use As Stencil Mask and then change Color.

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Perhaps these tutorials can help:

How to Use Photoshop Brushes in Other Programs (specifically exporting them as PNG files)

Grease Pencil Textured Brushes - Blender 2.80 Beta

Creating your own custom Grease Pencil brushes (Blender 2.8) (using PNG files with mask)


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