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Brushes for Photoshop ® and Photoshop ® Elements (+ Paint Shop Pro ® and others)
by Andrew Buckle
Brushes Manual Introduction
Thanks for the purchase of the brushes (or if not, thanks for reading the documentation!) Hope you find the brushes of interest and use. The manual / guide will hopefully help you install and use the brushes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and also in Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint and other applications. All the brushes displayed in this documentation are from graphicxtras.com, where you can find 1000s and 1000s of additional hi-impact brushes for commercial as well as personal use. Andrew fig. X Brushes from the X brushes pack from graphicxtras.com
fig. Rosette brush from the rosette brushes 3 pack. To change the color from black, change the foreground color to another color
Extract the brushes from the zip file (if in a zip, really depends on how you get the brushes). Most recent OS should be able to unzip a zip file but if you can’t, I would suggest finding a copy of PKUnzip or Winzip or Stuffit Expander (there are also many others, you can find them with any good search engine). Once expanded, you should see a selection of folders such as ‘Brushes ABR’ (or Brushes for Photoshop) ‘Brushes PNG’ etc. The ABR files are the main format for Photoshop and Elements and are probably the ones you will be most interested in. The PNG folder / PSP folder contain brushes for other applications. The thumbnail gallery folder contains a display of all the brushes in the set (in most cases) After that, please either place the ABR brushes file in the Photoshop Presets Brushes folder and access via the brushes palette dropdown or place the brushes in an easy located file location and access the brushes using the load / replace browser of the brush palette. Another, and perhaps easier option, is to just load the ABR brushes file by using the Photoshop or Elements file > open command. Brush files are ABR format The ABR brushes will only work in Photoshop ® or Photoshop Elements and cannot be accessed by Paint Shop Pro or Photo-Paint or even Illustrator ® (though now in volume 11 onwards of the packs, the PNG equivalent files exist) . The brushes will not work in Photoshop ® 5 / 4 / 3. Note: none of the brushes have presets added, they are purely the brush dab. If you wish to save a preset, you will need to select the dab, set the angle / scatter etc and then save the brush preset in a later format. Not all brush sets work in PS 6 now fig. Dot brushes from the dot brushes set
fig. Rosette brush from the rosettes brushes pack 5
The next steps to access the brush files are 1) startup Photoshop 2) Select one of the brush tools in the Photoshop toolbox (such as the paint tool), go to the top banner and 3) select the brush palette 4) The brushes are loaded via the right hand button of the palette. Either select from the dropdown (if the brushes are located in the presets folder) or use the brush browser load / replace to locate the ABR. Once loaded, you can always restore the default set by selecting the reset option of the brushes palette (the default brushes are not deleted, they can be restored at any time) fig. Photoshop brushes palette, go to the right side of the palette to use the load / save etc commands
fig. Antique brush (from a play written in the 18th century from the original book)
Brushes installation folder
Brushes presets folder doesn't vary from version to version of Photoshop and elements. In all cases, the brushes can be found in the presets folder 'brushes'. c:\program files\adobe\photoshop ...\presets\brushes or on mac HD:applications:Adobe Photoshop .... :presets:brushes The actual Photoshop... depends on your version of Photoshop. You may wish to keep the brushes in a separate folder and then load the brushes as required. You can load brushes from a different folder by using the load / replace command via the brushes palette or the edit->preset manager
fig. The brushes folder for CS4 PC
fig. Brushes from the dot brushes pack
0 (or 6. select the brush file from the list. the rest can be kept in a temp or holding folder for all the brushes) and access via the brushes tool and brushes palette To access the brushes. only via the presets manager Once you have loaded the brushes via the brushes palette dropdown or the preset manager. place the ABR files in the presets folder (a selection of ABR files.0) presets brushes folder. Perhaps the easiest way to access the brushes is via the file > open command in PSE fig. in the Photoshop elements 5. select the required brush via the displayed palette Apply the brush using the current color etc Pressure can modify the tools The options to modify the brush are limited compared with Photoshop Other brush tools such as blur are also available fig. select one of the brushes tools To access the brushes via the brushes palette dropdown. The way to access them is slightly different than Photoshop The easiest way is the above.0 or 7. Or use the load brushes command to search for the ABR files . you might prefer to add only a small number of brushes files here and use the load command to select a different folder. If the brushes are located in the presets folder they will appear in this list fig.Brushes in Photoshop ® Elements The brushes ABR files are placed in the same folder structure as Photoshop. Only have you favorite brush sets here (otherwise the list will be very long) The brushes can be loaded into Elements via the file > open command but you won’t be able to see them via the brushes palette.0 or 8. As mentioned.
if not all. See later in the documentation for install details into some applications such as Paint Shop Pro ® Some of the sets even contain PSPBrush format files so you can place the brushes in the folder for PSP brushes (to find the location. Celtic design brush from the embellish 3 brushes pack . If you haven’t got Photoshop or you would like to use the brushes in another application. the PNG files are included so you can import them into your favorite application. Embellish brush from the embellish 3 pack fig. They are the same size etc as the ABR brush equivalents. check out the file > preferences > file locations section) fig.Brushes in PNG format (Brushes packs 11 onwards only) The brush sets also contain (only for some of the later sets) most. of the brush files in PNG format.
fig. though this might be a feature of one of the brushes presets viewers available on the web. one of them being a thumbnail gallery printout of all the brushes in the set. this time using a different foreground color for the brush . The thumbnail gallery is fairly small in comparison to the actual size of the brushes (600 x 600 for the brushes. Not aware of any tool that can create a gallery from the brushes.Brushes thumbnail gallery The sets on graphicxtras. the thumbnails are generally only 1500 x 1500 for the entire set).com come with a variety of extras. Another brush example from the butterflies brushes pack. Brush from the butterflies brushes pack fig.
Drag the brushes to the presets brushes folder as required as too many brushes files in the menu may cause issues with the menu dropdown for the presets brushes or a slowdown on startup of the application. and perhaps it is a reasonable feature of the Photoshop automate command and create web gallery. Too many brushes might also cause a slowdown on startup fig. Embellishment pack 3 brushes palette . Selection of embellish brushes from embellish 4 pack displayed in the brushes palette of Photoshop Number of brushes in palette You can only generally load a certain number of brushes into a palette at one time. We can supply replacement disks but there will be a charge for this.. that is a limit set by Photoshop).Backup of brushes It is recommended that you make a backup of the brushes and store this on a CD or DVD or another machine. this might be 500 or so depending on the version of Photoshop. Photoshop will display a message when it reaches it's limit (and that has nothing to do with my brushes or anything. the web gallery feature will create thumbnails and JPG etc but it also reads and loads the brush files in the same path and will load them up to the max number of brushes allowed. post and packaging Issues / suggestions I would suggest placing all the brushes on the hard disk in a folder for brushes. so put all the brushes in c:\photoshop brushes\. It is not recommended to overload the brushes palette as this will slow down access in future startups of Photoshop fig.. For some odd reason. and then access the brushes from there. It might be best depending on the machine to just use the load / replace command in the preset manager and use that to access the brushes from a designated brushes folder setup.
Brushes documentation Best source would be the manual and online documentation but there are 100s of great books available. One such series being the Scott Kelby books. A good place to check for information is the Photoshop brushes help as well as online There are many 100s (if not 1000s) of sites devoted to Photoshop. Any updates will use the serial number as a key to access the zip file. with hints and tips on brush use.graphicxtras. also the Computer Arts magazine UK run various articles on brushes and their uses in their main magazine and their art project series The manuals for all the graphicxtras. htm fig. Photoshop world and Down n Dirty series. brushes et al.com/manuals.com or check out the website http://www.com products can be found on http://www. use them in creating CD designs.graphicxtras. please contact me on support@graphicxtras. please contact us) Please check the examples list for many valid uses of the brushes The license is always on http://www.com Serial number Please make a note of the serial number (this is not to be confused with the order number). The brushes should not be collected together and a new brushes CD set created (though any licensing etc.com/license. A selection of heart brushes in the brushes palette (from the hearts brushes pack) Use of brushes The brushes are royalty-free.graphicxtras. etc use.Problems Any problems. You can use them in 99% of ways (within reasonable limits). paintings and more for commercial or personal use. . book covers.ht m fig.
you can change it from a one or two column mode but that is it (you cannot remove tools from the toolbox .Brush tools The brushes can be used in nearly all the brush tools in Photoshop (though not in the healing brush etc) but the brushes work well in art history. An example of this is the pattern stamp and clone tool. Some of the brushes are not initially available in the toolbox. The blur tool shares with the blur and sharpen and smudge . The application always defaults to the clone stamp tool. fig. Some of the palette options are not available for all brushes. they are beneath an existing tool / share an icon. If a brush option is not available.or move the most used tools to the top of the toolbox or change the size of the icons etc) fig. Below is an example of a brush palette setting for angle jitter. fig. pattern stamp and others. The toolbox offers little in the way of modification. the palette entry will be disabled.even if you never use them . clone tool. brush tool. Clone stamp tool and pattern stamp tool share the same icon.
and comes with a number of options via the brushes palette such as shape dynamics. Select the starting source for the brush strokes.Art history brush There are a number of brush tools with Photoshop: paint smudge art history blur etc. set the brush. return to an earlier point and apply the generated effects to only part of the image . The art history brush uses the brushes and the history palette along with a variety of dab application styles. Use to return an image to an earlier state or use the brush to apply ‘future effects’ to an earlier point of the image (the history brush then becomes a stored effects / plugin brush which can be applied to different regions of the image with varying strength) Brush tool Useful painting tool. though it has limitations compared with Painter’s brushes. set the style such as dab or tight curl and apply brush fig. History brush A useful way to undo changes but without any great artistic or creative effects (as in the case of the art history brush). etc fig. scattering. Select the start source point for the history brush and apply OR you could apply the effects. Use the history palette and the art history tool to apply impressionist or painting brush strokes to an image. texture. they can all use the brushes from the brushes collection in a variety of ways. The brush tool accepts all the ABR brushes. select start point at the end of all the effects.
dab etc fig. tight curl etc .Smudge tool The smudge tool is useful for a variety of tasks. still. Brush options in PSE for the impressionist brush . Blur tool applied to an image to blur a particular area of the image fig. Blur tool as well as the smudge tool fig. The smudge tool can also blend in the current foreground color via the finger painting option Blur tool Useful for localized blurring of an image or text.such as dab. Impressionist tool (PSE) Basically the same as the art history options but with less options to change things. a useful tool for a quick ‘impressionistic’ painting using different styles such as tight curl. such as subtle tweaking of an image or create distorted brush stroke effects.
You can also paint using an impressionist effect (via the impressionist checkbox) and pattern. Does offer a selection of interesting creative features as well. AltClick to define the source area. fig.Pattern stamp tool The pattern stamp tool uses the patterns as input. the brush palette can be modified to scatter / modify brush color / angle the brush stroke Clone tool Clone another area of the image. as well as offering multiple sources for the cloning fig. Clone source panel offers a selection of interesting variant apply options fig. As with all the brush tools. Eraser tool and others . Pattern stamp allows the user to apply a pattern as well as an impressionistic pattern effect Eraser Tool Useful for removing past mistakes. The tool comes with a number of clone source options (via the clone source palette) such as scaling or rotation.
Define brush presets / brushes You can use the brushes to create new brushes. The brush preset. paint with the brush dabs as require and then edit->define brush (or brush preset). saves the brush in the current Photoshop version which may or may not work with earlier versions fig. Saving the brush. Rosette brush from rosette brushes pack . Define brush preset means that you can save more than just the brush dab. scattering etc can be saved. will be saved in the format of the current version of Photoshop ® fig. if saved. Create a new document.
Set size via the basic brushes palette fig. to re-size the brushes please use an art-pad and pen or paint a dab and re-size and re-define the brush (not all brush sets work in version 6) Many of the brushes in the earlier sets are low in size but the later sets approach the maximum brush size of 1020 x 1020 (with version CS4 the maximum diameter is 2500 x 2500 .which is pretty decent but then again.Brush sizing With version 7 / CS / CS2 / CS3 / CS4 of Photoshop ®. In version 6. some use documents in the 1000s with many GB of memory installed) fig. Or set the diameter via the more advanced brushes palette (why is one called diameter and the other a more imposing master diameter though??) . please check out the new brush palette.
Re-arranging brushes You can always delete brushes and then save a brush set for yourself with your own particular favorites. All the files were created in Photoshop 6 format for maximum compatibility with future versions. create a totally new brush set by opening the brushes you want. set to the brush tool. if you save the brushes in CS then the backward compatibility will be gone. you can also re-arrange the positions of the brushes so if you want a particular set of brushes to be next to each other. just the preset manager (?)) and then save the file. if you want. go to the preset manager and then select the brush and drag (this doesn't work in the brushes palette. just use the brush palette and save the current brushes to a new brushes file. The first few brushes have been moved via the preset manager. fig. create a brush dab in a 1000 x 1000 file and then use the define brush command for each of those dabs and then saving the new brush dabs file. You can. select and drag . In CS. but at least you will be able to save all the various brush palette settings as well. Brushes from the pipes brushes pack before moving items in the preset manager fig. creating even more unique brush effects.
Scattering brush panel . fig.Brush palette The brushes can be tweaked in a variety of ways and the brushes saved as brush presets for that particular tool. The brush palette allows access to modify the color / size / application / angle / scatter / texture and even combinations of brushes. Not all the features of the palette are open to all brush tools. Shape dynamics screen fig.
Some effects work well with the brushes and others. Some effects are ignored on layers (it seems) so a brush stroke on a layer might have an effect applied and the effect will change nothing fig. The embellish brush stroke with a blur and water color effect applied in Photoshop . not so well. Embellish brush before effects (plugins) applied fig.Brushes and effects Brushes can be used in combination with effects.
Use a low opacity setting to create a more blurred / blended in image. Opacity set on top bar to 47% All brush strokes are now applied using 47% instead of 100% fig. Brush strokes applied with the same brush but now at 47% opacity . fig. Original brush stroke with opacity set to the default 100% fig.Brushes and opacity Painting with opacity set to 50% or 15% or 100% will result in a totally different brush effect.
Subtle brush strokes can be created using multiply or other blending modes. Brush tool applied using the difference mode (X brush from the X brush pack) . Blending modes for the brush tool fig.Blending mode and brushes You can also alter the blending mode for a brush stroke. Some of the brushes give full access to all the blending modes. fig. This option can be variable in use. especially using blending modes such as difference which can create a jumble of brush strokes and colors in seconds. others less.
Brushes applied on different channels. Also. Spiral brush applied to red and green channels only .Channels and brushes Brushes can be used on different channels (paint on the red channel but ignore the green and blue etc) Or select the red channel and the green channel and paint only on those. fig. use the brushes to paint on the alpha channel (s) fig.
Layers and brushes Brushes can be used on a new layer. More akin to a brush stroke applied in more paint orientated applications. fig. If the style contains elements that can grow or shrink depending on the application. The layer can have effects applied and warps (within limits) and can be repeatedly duplicated to create unusual designs The brush dab via layers is not as flexible as a 'true' nozzle / image hose effect but it can still be used to create great backgrounds. You may wish to vary the size (using an art pad and pen) as well as using the layer scaling to modify the size of the applied style. The brush stroke can be applied as a brush stamp. The new layer can be pre-assigned a style before any brush strokes. re-sizing it can be an issue. Create a layer. Brush applied to a layer but without a layer effect applied fig. apply a single or multiple dabs (keeping within the bounds of the document layer) and then just duplicate the layer. Brushes can be used as a dab or nozzle. frame designs. brush strokes applied can take on a viscous quality with the style blending and changing as you apply the brush stroke. many interesting brush designs can be created. Depending on the style and the brush stroke. If it is not a smart object. pre-apply or apply the style after the brush stroke. overlays and more. The brush stroke can be applied and used to spread out the style. Layer effect (metal) applied to the brush layer . The layer can be converted into a smart object though it will lose some functionality.
LAB mode and brushes Brushes can be used in different image modes such as CMYK or LAB. The brushes can be applied as if on a RGB document. For example. Brushes can be applied in CMYK documents color mode as well . Use on different channels such as lightness. Brushes can be applied in LAB color mode fig. use the blur brush to great effect in LAB mode. fig.
Use the brush as a source for patterns. use the offset filter to create a more complex pattern design . adding more brushes (again avoiding the edges) and then use the edit menu [ define pattern ] command The pattern then can be applied using the fill or fill layer content or via the pattern stamp or as brushes texture The brush generated pattern file can also be used as a displacement map. Use the displacement file in displace filter and glass filter in Photoshop ® fig. save as a PSD. Brush to be used for the pattern fig. Apply a brush stroke (avoiding the edges). Use the offset command to further manipulate the design.Brushes and patterns The brushes can be used as a source for patterns. Use the define pattern command to create a pattern based on the brush strokes fig.
Distress effects The brushes can be applied using various opacities and also oversized (to create a rougher brush design) to distress or grunge any image Apply the brush strokes with various colors or a single color as well as using various different random settings found in the brushes palette Use the brushes in a variety of other tools such as the smudge tool and blur. fig. Ink brush from the ink brush pack fig. Ink brush with various scattering and hue settings applied .
edit in quick mask mode etc fig. Use the load selection and mask to turn into a selection and then modify the selected area or inverse in many ways (such as apply fills or effects) Great for creating a quick frame design from any brush fig. Create different masks / selections using the brushes in quick mask mode.Brushes and masks Click the edit in quick mask mode (via toolbox) and paint the mask using the brushes. Original image fig. .
New brushes from old The brushes are a great source for creating a new brush. Use the define brush command to save the brush to the palette. Apply multiple brush strokes. Simply open a new document and apply a brush stroke. Source brush fig. You will need to save the entire library if you wish to permanently store the brush (save to a new ABR file or overwrite an existing one) The new brush can then be used in all the brush tools as before. A new possible brush created from the brush dabs and effects fig. either the same or different brushes. Define new brush and then use from the brushes palette as required . such as the paint brush tool fig. perhaps apply effects or smudge or distort the brush strokes or lighten or darken the brush strokes.
To use. Open PNG file and then select and then use the brush palette to save the brush to the palette. 8) Click OK. Screenshot is with kind permission of Corel Corporation. The brush has been saved to the current brushes folder (depends on the setup) Go to the brushes palette and you will see a grayscale representation of the brush. steps. this will show all the current brush 5) Click the brush palette to display all the current brushes 6) Click the create brush tip from selection button 7) Enter all the details for the brush tip such as the name. Paint Shop Pro is registered trademark of Corel Corporation . The brush files can be found via the file > preferences > file locations.PNG brush files for Paint Shop Pro ® *** Please note. click the brush fig. not all the sets include the PNG files 1) Open the PNG file 2) Selection menu > select all 3) Go to a brush tool (such as burn or paint) 4) Display the tool options. author. variance etc.
PNG brushes (converted) for Painter (TM) 1) Convert PNG files first to BMP or TIF 2) Open the BMP file 3) Select file 4) Go to brushes palette 5) Capture brush command 6) Apply brush strokes with the new brush dab fig. Painter default brushes such as erasers. nozzles etc (screenshot with kind permission of Corel Corporation. Sphere brushes palette . Painter is trademark of Corel Corporation fig.
Line brush from the lines brushes fig. fig. access brushes via the paint tools. Wavy line brush from the lines brushes pack applied with different colors and scattering . Toolbox of Photo-Paint.PNG brushes for PhotoPaint TM 1) Open PNG file 2) Select a brush tool 3) Display brush settings palette 4) Select brush file 5) Go to the nib properties and select the first button / dropdown menu and select the create from contents of mask command 6) Enter the size (depends on the brush) 7) Modify properties as required 8) Apply as required. Screenshot with kind permission of Corel Corporation Photo-Paint is trademark of Corel Corporation fig.
Comments If you have any suggestions to how we can improve our products or manual. Greek ornament brush from the Greek ornament brush pack.using the Greek ornament brushes pack . or if there is something that is hard to understand or badly stated. Use three colors to create a slightly different shadow brush stroke . It is always great to hear your feedback. You can always enter comments as well in the forum comments section of the graphicxtras. please contact us and we will try to correct any errors or misunderstandings in the next release of the manual. applied initially using black foreground for shadow and then a lighter color with the brush shifted slightly fig.com site fig.
4 10. Not all the brushes are included in the PNG set (most sets. Some of the brushes are fairly complex to start with. though I would imagine the brushes are equally at home on 64bit systems as 32bit ones Mac OS earlier is not supported.5 10.3 10. ME. and NT Vista. case in point being one of the strange brushes (strange brushes pack). Some brushes consist of a single dab or mark.Windows 98.2 10.not the collection) include PNG files relating to the ABR brush files. I have no system with 64bit active so all the references above are to 32bit.4 10. XP Vista Windows 7. and NT Vista.System requirements Adobe ® Photoshop ® CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 7 6 and Photoshop ® Elements 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 . & Mac OS X 10. The 3D designs were created using an excellent application called GroBoto . & Mac OS X 10.2 10. the brushes in the ABR match the brushes in the PNG brush files folder) Use these in Paint Shop Pro ® and many others fig.6 (brushes packs) Not sure about 64bit at the moment. some of the brushes are more complex with multiple elements included in the design Useful for creating a quick distressed or jumbled design. Brush from the circles brush pack fig. ME.3 10.5 10.6 (collection set) Adobe ® Photoshop ® CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 7 and Photoshop ® Elements 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Windows 98. but the files should work fine on the system (though I would suggest more OS 9 and 9. XP Vista Windows 7. Please check your system before any purchase with the demo samplers! Later sets (from brushes pack 11 onwards .1 etc) should be ok.
A complex brush design created using the GroBoto (TM) application. . Odd shapes from graphicxtras.com email@example.com strange brushes pack. GroBoto fig. Illustrator ® and Photoshop ® and Adobe ® and After Effects ® are registered trademarks of Adobe ® Systems Incorporated.com fig. Company contact details Telephone: UK (44) 01622 688 375 Abneil Software ltd is a limited company registered in Great Britain http://www.Trademarks The brushes were created by Andrew Buckle and copyright 1998-2009 Andrew Buckle and Abneil Software ltd (depending on the set) All products mentioned in this manual are trademarked or probably trademarked by their respective owners. Created using the excellent 3D application. Adobe product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated. We have no connection whatsoever with Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Ink brush from the ink brush pack fig. The fade is also useful in that it offers a blending mode fade which can be useful for special effects etc fig. Useful at times. any other action such as new document etc will lose the fade command) fig.Fade brush strokes The brush can be applied and then faded. .or if you just wish to lessen the effect say in the case of a blur or smudge etc. Fade command offers opacity and mode. After applying a brush stroke. This can be useful if the applied brush stroke is too ‘intense’ . you can always fade it (do it after the brush stroke.
com . other than saving the setting as well as define brush etc. If you wish to use the brush dabs in actions you are out of luck. I would suggest checking online. To find out more. Pencil brush stroke from the brushes collection from graphicxtras. The brushes collection comes with a lot more realistic brush strokes. and in particular the ScriptListener plug-in. fig.Actions The brushes cannot be used with actions. the image above showing a crayon brush stroke fig. Scripting might be more helpful and you will need to check the scripting folders for more information on that.
The example below is for a displacement map of 300 x 300 but it could easily be 500 x 500 1) Open document 300 x 300 2) Apply brush dabs using the selected brush and paint tool 3) Use the offset filter (part of Photoshop in the other menu . use offset to shift and create more complex maps fig. either as a basic PNG to PSD displacement map or use the brushes to create a file to be saved as a displacement map.set to -150 and 150 (half of the size of the map) 4) More dabs (avoiding the edges) 5) Save as PSD file 6) Go to the distort menu and select the glass or displace or texturizer etc filters The brushes can be used to create stunning glass and displacement and textured designs. go to the folder that contains the saved displacement map (PSD files) . fig. Use the map in the distort > glass filter.Displacement maps The brushes are a good source for displacement maps. Create a displacement file by applying brush dabs to a document.
apply brush to image to highlight or frame the area as required Another approach is to create a new document. Open an image. Create a ‘standard’ frame (one for use in a frame plugin such as Photographic Edges etc) by using the brushes. apply ‘frame’ brush (using black foreground) and then select the outer area of the frame and fill with black as well. Apply ‘color’ framing element to the image fig. Another approach is to start with a black image and then fill with a white brush stroke. You then have a frame design that can be applied to any image. Not all brushes work well as a frame but many can be used for this purpose. The frame design can then be used easily in various frame plug-ins such as Photographic Edges from AutoF/X fig. Either select the outer area and fill with black or start with a black image and apply a white brush to the center region .Border / frame brushes The brushes are useful as a ‘frame’ stamp.
fig. Setting the spacing to 2% etc and the generated brush is a nearly a continuous line. depending on the brush. Spacing has been disabled. the brush will join from one dab to the next (great for line themed patterns as shown to the right) Setting the rotation etc will change the result. Spacing set to 100% fig. Spacing set to 8% . Spacing for the brush 25% fig.Brush spacing The brush dabs can be spaced. There appears to be no ‘pressure’ sensitivity to the brush spacing which would be useful. creating brush dabs with minimal spacing one after another but not as a continuous line (great for distressed effects) fig. at 100%. Spacing can be disabled which creates an interesting effect in itself. spacing at 25% and you can see more of the structure of the brush.
you can stroke the path with the current brush / brush tool fig. Embellish brush applied to a circle . Once you have created a path. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Select brush Set brush settings Draw path Go to the path palette Right menu Stroke path Set the required brush tool OK The brush is applied to the current path fig.Brushes / path The current brush stroke can be applied to a path.
settings etc (perhaps scattering settings to create a randomized brush stroke. another to a new layer and so (shifting the brush with each layer) and then using the animations palette ‘make frames from layers’ command. along with color settings) 2) Create brush stroke on layer 3) Layer > new layer 4) Create new brush stroke 5) New layer 6) Go to the animation palette 7) Make frames from layers fig. Embellish brush used in animation fig. 1) Select brush.Brushes and basic animation You can also ‘animate’ the brushes by applying a brush stroke to a new layer. Use the layer palette to add brush strokes. shifting or scattering (or changing color etc) and then go to the animation palette and make frames from layers command. Will not win an award for the greatest animation ever but can be used to create interesting backgrounds. brush characters etc .
Other options for angle can modify the angle of the brush stroke. Set the fade via the shape dynamics panel. 50 for a reasonably quick fade fig.Brush and palette fade The brush size can be made to fade away rapidly or slowly via the controls entry for fade. Fade of 10. Original line brush from lines brushes pack fig. fairly rapid fade away . fig.
Frames from brushes The brush can be used as a frame but the brushes can be used to create a frame or border layer. 1) Create a layer 2) Apply brush stroke around the edges of the layer 3) Apply styles / layer effects if required to add a shadow or bevel fig. Brush applied to a layer to create a frame. a drop shadow is applied via the layer effects fig. this one combines black brush strokes and gray brush strokes to create a slightly more interesting frame . Another line brush used to create a basic frame for a design fig. Brush from the lines brushes pack is used.
Source brush dab before rotation (brush from the tangled brush pack) fig. Brush dab has been rotated in 3D after conversion into 3D postcard and the rotation tool has been applied .Brushes / 3D (Extended) 1) Create new layer 2) Select brush tool 3) Apply brush dab 4) 3D > New 3D postcard from layer 5) Go to the 3D tools on the toolbox and select 3D rotate 6) Rotate the brush dab in 3D fig.
The brush dab is now the surface of a sphere and the sphere can be rotated etc using the 3D tools (in Photoshop Extended) The brush dab can also have other tools applied such as smudge etc to blur / smudge the design as required . Original brush dab (from a rosettes brushes pack) before 3D conversion fig.New 3D shape from brush dab (Extended) 1) Create new layer 2) Select brush tool 3) Apply brush dab or multiple dabs 4) 3D > New shape from layer > sphere (could easily have been a cylinder etc) The brush is now the surface of the 3D sphere and can be rotated in 3D using the 3D rotate etc tools fig.
Create 3D mesh using brush (Extended) 1) Create new layer 2) Apply brush stroke 3) 3D > New mesh from grayscale > Plane (or sphere etc) Creates a 3D mesh for possible export to another application. The mesh can be rotated etc using the 3D tools. fig. original brush dab from the rosettes pack fig. 3D mesh after a slight rotation in 3D using the 3D rotate tools . 3D menu (Extended only) fig.
com either start out on Illustrator or as custom shapes designs in Photoshop followed by a define brush (on Photoshop 6 for maximum support). Background jitter 40% fig. A basic brush dab created using custom shapes fig.Create a new brush Most of the brushes created for the graphicxtras. a quick note how to create a basic brush. perhaps the lowest should now be a brush preset for CS2 say. one day I will just change and drop 6 and 7 and CS versions. 5) Create a design. Roundness 20% Angle 135% fig. I don’t know. just the grays. avoid touching the edges of the document 6) Set settings such as scatter etc if required 7) Edit > define brush fig. Brush applied with 9% spacing fig. 1) Create a new document 2) Select the custom shape tool 3) For something simple. Perhaps a mistake. Means I will be able to go for 2500 x 2500 etc files. Brush applied with 58% spacing fig. 4) Set the color to black (or gray) colors are not important when it comes to brushes. select the ellipse tool and just create dots. Opacity fade 25 . Anyway. Size fade 10 fig.
Additional wavy brush design example . Many different types of brushes are available such as stars. The samples are small compared with the full size of the brushes (600x600 etc). The brushes can be colored (the examples here are generally just using the black foreground but you can use any color.Examples of brushes The following section shows an example of the brushes included in the brushes packs from graphicxtras. Literally millions of possible designs are possible. hearts and more. grids. also the sets often contain many different items including bonus material such as EPS designs and more. or apply on a layer and use a layer effect as the brush material such as a gradient or pattern). embellishment. fig.com. Wavy brush pack example fig.
fig. Examples of brushes from radial brushes pack .
fig. Selection of brushes from the ink brushes pack .
fig. Distress brushes from the distress brushes pack .
fig. Flames brushes from the flames pack .
fig. Sphere brushes from 3D spheres brushes pack .
marker etc designs) . The brushes collection includes 10.fig.000 unique brushes. The brushes collection also includes more realistic (pencil. Not the same as the brushes packs which came later. Selection of brushes from the brushes collection.
Selection of brushes from the brushes collection. The brushes collection also includes more realistic (pencil.fig. The brushes collection includes 10.000 unique brushes. marker etc designs) . Not the same as the brushes packs which came later.
marker etc designs) . The brushes collection includes 10. Not the same as the brushes packs which came later.000 unique brushes.fig. Selection of brushes from the brushes collection. The brushes collection also includes more realistic (pencil.
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