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How to add custom brushes in GIMP

We'll take an existing transparent image and add it as a custom brush you can then use at any time.

  Author: mat | Version: 2.6.11 | 28th November 2011 |  

Open a transparent image you want to use as a brush.

I've decided to turn the 50 x 50 px Dreevoo.com logo into a custom brush.

You can of course draw your own picture to be used as a brush, just don't forget to create it on a transparent background.


In the menu click File and choose Save As...

Choose GIMP brush (animated) (*.gih) as a File Type ...

.GIH is a file type used for GIMP brushes.


Choose C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\brushes for a destination folder.

If you use a 32 bit version of Windows then you most likely need to choose C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\brushes folder.

Enter file Name and click Save.


In the Brush settings window set the Spacing (percent) to about 15, enter Brush Description and click Save.

Your very own brush is now saved and added to other GIMP brushes.


Let's not test the new brush.

Open a new document (Ctrl + O for a keyboard shorcut).


In the menu click Windows, Dockable Dialogs and choose Brushes (Shift + Ctrl + B for a keyboard shorcut).


In the Brushes window click the Refresh button (see picture) ...


... you new brush should now be visible, click to choose it.


This is how mine looks like in action.

Care to share yours? Visit the Forum.

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