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Define Brush Preset works on transparent background with black text, but not white. Help.

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I've defined three brush presets using black text on a transparent background. When I change the text color to white and try to define a brush preset, the error message, "Could not define the brush preset command because the selected area is empty."

 

Merging the layers and flattening the layers gives me the same error message. I tried placing a black background on a separate layer but the brush that was defined included the black background and I need a transparent one.

 

Any ideas?

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Define Brush Preset works on transparent background with black text, but not white. Help.

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I've defined three brush presets using black text on a transparent background. When I change the text color to white and try to define a brush preset, the error message, "Could not define the brush preset command because the selected area is empty."

 

Merging the layers and flattening the layers gives me the same error message. I tried placing a black background on a separate layer but the brush that was defined included the black background and I need a transparent one.

 

Any ideas?

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Hi there,

Not sure why Photoshop is displaying the error, as its not a typical behavior.

 

  1. Try merging all layers, then create a selection of the text by highlighting the layer and going to Select > All.
  2. Then give a white stroke to the text by going to Edit > Stroke. (Stroke size can be 1 - 3)
  3. Then save the file as a png.

 

Let us know how it goes.
Regards,
Sahil

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Hi, Sahil.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and reply. Your tips let me save the file as a .png but I couldn't use it to define a brush preset. I have six .png files that are each white text on transparent background. I can't for the life of me figure out how to get them converted into a .abr file.  (insert stumped and frustrated expression here)

 

Any other ideas?

 

Thank you again,

Michelle, wondering how to dip into Photoshop's typical behavior

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Yes.  You should use black to establish your custom pattern.  In this example, I used my pattern stamp tool on a new layer.  Double clicked pattern layer to add Fx >  color-overlay, white, 100% opacity.

image.png

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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Yes, I'm the OP, replying to my own post. I realized the answer and wanted to share it for others trying to do the same thing.

 

I don't need to create or define a brush with white color because I can create one with black and change the color, just as I would any brush tip. I credit sleep and caffeine for contributing to this (ahem) groundbreaking realization. 😉

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