Turn the Doomguy into art with this Photoshop tutorial!

  • July 29, 2019
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  • By: Parker Wilhem

Have you ever worked on a piece of art, looked at the media you were using and asked yourself, “but couldn’t this be more…DOOM?”

We asked ourselves that in June when we made an artistic statement hiding one smiling Doomguy in a sea of Doomguy faces. While Photoshopping the dozens upon dozens of Doomguys in the image, we had a realization: Why not make a tool that paints…Doomguys?

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to make your own custom Doomguy Photoshop brushes so that the next time you want to express yourself, you can draw upon the raw power and passion of the most feared being in Hell.

1) Set up Photoshop

The process is simple: Open up Photoshop and make a new document to build your brush in. As for the size of the canvas, we went for with a simple 200x200px square at 72ppi.

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2) Throw in your Doomguy

Next, paste in the image of the Doomguy you want immortalized in your art. Be sure to turn off any opaque background layer if there is one and use the Eraser tool to remove any unwanted space around the image – our goal is a transparent layer with only the art you want to use.

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3) Turn it into a brush!

In the top-left menu bar, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (or just press SHIFT+CTRL+U) to strip the color from your picture. Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Contrast/Brightness and play around until your have a nicely contrasted greyscale image. This step isn’t necessary, but a sharper contrast stands out better once it’s converted into a monochromatic brush.

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Now, hit Edit > Define Brush Preset and give your brush a name. Voila! You’ve added a new custom-made Photoshop brush! You’ll find it in your list of presets under the Brush tool (B).

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Now that we’ve got a new Photoshop brush, we do what any self-respecting digital artist does with a new tool and play around. By opening up the Brush panel, (the image of a box with brushes sticking out of it that’s visible when the Brush tool active) we can alter things like the scatter, size and jitter of the brush.

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We won’t go into detail for what everything does but messing with these can yield some interesting results each time you use your brush. It’s also helpful if you do decide to turn this into a bonafide digital painting tool.

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And that’s it! Our results could be…better, but it’s hard painting with a mouse! That said, we’d love to see what all you creative types can do with this tool – check out the Slayers Club fan art gallery and see if inspiration strikes! In the meantime, we’re gonna practice with this brush a bit more and see what we can really make with this…