Kyle T. Webster Summer Brush Set Tutorial

By Charles Purdy

An educator and award-winning illustrator who has drawn for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Nike, IDEO, and many other clients, Kyle T. Webster is perhaps best known as the founder of, which offers popular industry-standard Photoshop brushes for digital artists. In the summer of 2017, Kyle offered a set of five tools (four brushes and one smudge tool), free, to Create readers (this period has now passed). He also provided a demonstration of how to use them, with a focus on some key techniques—such as painting within shapes.

Many of Kyle’s illustrations have the look and feel of paintings and drawings created with non-digital media, because his Photoshop brushes are inspired by real-world tools. Using just four brushes and a blender, he created these four illustrations.

The four brushes can be used in Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Sketch, and the smudge tool, or blender, can be used in Photoshop. These five tools are all you need to draw a complete, well-balanced illustration—as Kyle demonstrates in the video near the bottom of this page—but just know that there are hundreds more where these came from.

Here’s what was offered in this set:

Dotty Liner: Kyle says this new brush was inspired by advertising illustrations from the 1950s and 1960s. The unpredictable “inking” gives illustrations character and charm.

Super Splat: Experiment with this brush by changing the mode from Normal to Multiply—it’s great for adding washes of color.

Versacolor: A cool tool for adding interest to backgrounds, this brush very slightly varies the hue and saturation of the selected color, for a really nice painterly effect.

Noisy Ned: Especially good for adding texture and depth to images, this brush can be used to great effect when painting within shapes, as Kyle demonstrates in the video.

Splendid Blend: Kyle uses this blending tool in a “stabbing motion” with his stylus to add cool effects to illustrations.

Click on the image below to watch a 28-minute video tutorial, in which Kyle demonstrates each tool and walks us through a few sample illustrations.

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July 17, 2017