Blender 2.8. I want to make a custom sculptbrush for making snake scales

I want to make scales using sculpting using a custom texture brush. I modeled the scale and want to project a displacement using cycles, so that the brush will sculpt the scale. I can’t find out how.

orthographic camera pointed down at the scale with a gradient along the z axis for height. What you want is to make a height map as a brush alpha.

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I was able to learn how to do this. And, I was able to learn how to paint them by hand based on this method. thank you.