PCW Mailbag: Brushes for Photoshop?

Today’s mailbag question comes from cartoonist Adan Zepeda. Adan writes:

I was wondering if you had any Photoshop brush tips for cartooning? I haven’t found much luck finding one.

Personally, I don’t use Photoshop for inking, BUT – if you MUST ink in Photoshop, you should definitely invest in Ray Frenden’s excellent Photoshop brush pack. The set retails for $5 and is a must buy if you ink or pencil in Photoshop. The brushes are responsive and provide a nice line variance that mimic traditional inking brushes.

A better choice for digital inking (at least for me, anyway) is Manga Studio 5. Manga Studio’s brushes feel much more responsive than Photoshop’s. Thankfully, Ray has several custom brushes available for that application as well. I use his freely available Lando Calbrusshian brush for all my digital inking and it’s superb.

Below is a quick comparison of sorts between PS and MS brushes. The Frenden PS brushes stack up pretty nicely against Manga Studio, I think.

Using frenden photoshop brushes

Using Manga Studio 5

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  • Adan Zepeda
    May 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Krishna for answering my question. I’ve been trying to find what works for me best to ink. Right now i’m using flash to do all my inking. I’ll look into Manga Studio, thanks again for taking thetime.