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Friday, April 29, 2016

FREE Lesson: 5 Ways to Use Photoshop Brushes in Your Designs


Many thanks to LauraB for the wonderful images below!

Among all the impressive functions that Photoshop offers, the brushes panel is one of the most versatile. Created to make photo editing easier, brushes have also become the go­-to tool for many designers working on new kits. Throughout this post, we’ll take a look at 5 great ways to use Photoshop brushes for your next kit or project.

1. Create an eye­-catching border for a festive greeting card

Start with a blank canvas and add watercolor leaves, flowers, and twigs along the border. Play with brush opacity, size and angles. Write a custom message for your recipient or leave it blank and over several difference choices of word art.




2. Design an intricate pattern for unique gift wrap

Select a background color for your gift wrap and use it to fill up a 12x12 inch square at 300dpi (or 8.5x11 or A4). Use brushes to overlay different types of circles until you get an intricate motif that you feel happy with. Add a number or initials to mark someone’s birthday, anniversary, or any other life event. Print and wrap your gift!




3. Compose a subtle background for an elegant envelope
Lay out different word brushes over a colored background. Use a slightly lighter color in your top layer to keep the contrast low and add subtlety to your design. Play with word size, angle and opacity to create an elegant pattern. Personalize and print your own envelopes.





4. Create a chalk-­like cover for an inspiring journal

Find a quote that motivates you. Fill up a rectangular canvas with a dark blackboard tone and add a few white scratches using some chalk and crayon brushes. Type your quote, rasterize the layer, and play around with the noise filter until you get a chalk­-like feel for the text.

Alternatively, use ready-­made chalk word art and other chalk decorative elements to complete the design creating a pocket journal front cover (remember to create an additional background for the back cover!)




5. Design a quote for an original art piece
Feeling extra creative? Try designing a unique art piece to decorate your workspace or home.

Start out with a solid color of your choice, and slowly add in spongy strokes from a brush set. Think of a word that you’d like to bring into your space and use a watercolor brush alphabet to position it over your background. Have your finished art piece printed onto a canvas at your local store.



 

For more amazing tutorials, great ideas, and free advice, visit ABCreations University, or as I like to call it ABC-U!

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