How to Select the Right Brushes

A great masterpiece is determined by two factors: the brushes the artist picks and how he uses them. So, it absolutely needs a combination of a powerful brush set, knowledge about painting, and artistic feelings of the artist. This perfect combination will result in paintings that represent the look and feel that the artist desires. Whether we are talking about physical paintbrushes or digital painting sets, the artist must know in the first place that different paintbrushes are designed for different uses. So, it is always advised to use them in their own specific ways. Painting software usually has provided a default set of paintbrushes that cover all the needs of an artist. Basic knowledge and practices will hone the skills of the artist to differentiate one paintbrush from the others and how each of them creates a certain line, mark or texture on the canvas.


Getting to know brushes is quite tricky. At a glance, all paintbrushes look alike despite their size. In fact, the easiest way to know a paintbrush is from its physical appearance, from its parts. A paintbrush is comprised of 4 parts: bristles, crimp, ferrule and handle. The bristles refer to the hair of the brush, the crimp refers to the holder of the bristles, the ferrule refers to the area between the bristles and the handle, the handle is the area where an artist places his grip. The bristles are what differentiate the brushes. The wide and flat bristles are for painting large areas while the small and tapered ones are for painting tight spaces or detailed areas. Below is the list of the widely-used paintbrushes and a brief description of how to take out the best of each.

Brushes Every Artist Must Know

  1. Flat brushes
    A flat brush has square, flat bristles. It is used for painting large areas, blending colors, or creating very bold strokes. This type of brush often comes in long or medium-length bristles.
  2. Bright brushes
    A bright brush has flat bristles, similar to a flat-typed brush, with its edges curving inward. It is used for covering large areas, blending colors, or being a more convenient substitute of a flat-typed brush.
  3. Filbert brushes
    A filbert brush has flat bristles, similar to a flat-typed brush, with its edges curving outward. It is used for painting large areas, creating lines and details.
  4. Angular flat brushes
    An angular flat brush has flat, angled bristles. It is used for painting large areas, small corners and details, or making circular shapes.
  5. Fan brushes
    A fan brush has thin, spread out-layered bristles. It is used for creating details, sharing or feathering colors, blending colors, and painting natural elements like trees, grasses, and clouds.
  6. Mop brushes
    A mob brush has thick and large bristles. It is used for covering large areas and blending oil paints.
  7. Round brushes
    A round brush has bristles with a round, pointed tip. It is used for creating lines, filling small, tight spaces, and adding small details.
  8. Detail round brushes
    A detail round brush has the shortest bristles of the family of round brushes. It is used for writing text, making signature, and filling in small, thin lines.

Those are the basic paintbrushes every artist must know. Usually, professionals share their more powerful sets of brushes in the form of brushes download with those who want to complete their palettes. However, please consider that the more complicated, the harder a brush would be in use. So, be creative with a smaller set of basic brushes, if possible.

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1. Lauch MyBrushes, Tap color picker on Mac Brushes from the toolbar of MyBrushes for iPad to access "Brushes Panel". There are many brush styles in the Brush Editor, including brush, pencil, pen, airbrush, scrawl and special effects.

2. Brush Editor

Mac Brushes editor

Saving Your Favorite Brushes to Toolbar
1 Choose your favorite brushes from Brush Editor
2 Drag it onto the palette
3 The selected brushes will be placed on Toolbar

Remove unwanted brushes from Toolbar
Just drag down the unwanted brushes from the palette

3. Edit the Current Brushes

Tap a brush from Toolbar and you can edit the selected brushes!

Mac Brushes toolbar
1. The Current Brush. You could change the color of the current brush with Color Panel.
2. Change the Brush Radius
3. Change the Brush Opacity
4. Change the Brush Hardness
5. Change the Brush Smoothness
6. Copy the Current Brush
7. Change the Brush Pressure.

PS: Tap Brushes Pressure, you could “show/ hide” the “ Pressure ” bar. When the “pressure” bar is displayed, the iconbrushes Pressure is highlighted with blue color.

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