How To Make Custom Brushes In GIMP

Hello everybody!

Every blogger out there knows how much time is spent on graphics. Designing graphics or deciding graphics is a damn difficult and time consuming job. There are some amazing apps like Canva, PicMonkey one can use but what I use is called GIMP. GIMP is the free alternative to Photoshop, albeit with limited features. Take, for example brushes, there’s not as huge a collection as I would like. So the only thing I can do is make some brushes for myself. Write below are the steps you need to follow in case you want to make your own collection!


STEP 1: Open the application and go to File->New.


STEP 2: Keep the image size smallish about 250×250 pixels. Now go to the advanced option, select grayscale and transparency for color space and fill with respectively. I think this is the most important step as it allows you to use your brush with different colours.


STEP 3: Then comes the part where you decide on an image that you want as a brush. What you have to do is make sure the image is of the png format. Now go to File->Open , and then select the image you want to turn into a brush. I’ve gone for a heart image.

TIP: Another thing you can do is to use some dingbat fonts. There are so many available and you can use the characters for brushes.


STEP 4: Now that you have your second image open in a new window, make sure it’s also of the size of your initial image. If not then scale it by going to Image-> Scale Image and set the desired size.

STEP 5: After the image is scaled as per your requirements, right click on it, go to Edit-> Copy.


STEP 6: Back in the initial image that is still empty, go to Edit-> Paste and you’ll have the image ready.


STEP 7: On the right side you can see all the layers. Right click on the top one and click Anchor Layer to anchor it down.


STEP 8: Now your image is good to go and all you have to do is go to File-> Export As.


STEP 9: Now select the folder where you have all the other GIMP brushes and while naming the image make sure to give it a .gbr extension and export.


STEP 10: Refresh your brushes by clicking the refresh button in the bottom right corner and your new custom made brush is ready to use!


I tried to keep it as simple as possible and I hope this is as easy and useful to you as it was to me. Thank you so much for dropping by and have a lovely day! 🙂 Love,



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