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Technique: Digital Brushes

Memories of Aruba

Credits Everything I used is from my Seaside Cottage kit except the brush work, which is from a little brush I also made. Fonts: Aquiline Two and Century Schoolbook.

I just had to play around with my Seaside Cottage papers! If you missed yesterday’s post, look here to find out more info about this kit and how you can get it for free (if you’re a blogger). I didn’t include an alpha in the original kit, so I’m thinking of making one as a freebie, I just have to decide the font, colors, etc. I might just do a simple one like the one I made for this page. What do you think?

Technique: Digital Brushes

Digital Brush

It is so easy to make your own digital brushes to use on your pages if you have Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements! Here’s what I did to make the borders on the page above. 1) I opened a new transparent layer. 2) I selected the brush tool and choose a round brush with a 60 point diameter. 3) I used the brush to make a circle on the page using black as my foreground color. 4) I then selected the eraser tool and choose a round brush with a 24 point diameter. 5) Next, I used the brush to erase a hole in the bottom left part of the bigger circle and to take a “bite” out of the lower right side. 6) I switched back to the brush tool, picked the round 19 point circle and, using black as my foreground color, I placed a circle just outside the “bite” in the big circle. 7) To make my own brush out of this little image, I just selected around it with the rectangular marquee tool. Then, while it was still selected, I went to the “edit” pull-down menu and selected “Define Brush Preset” and clicked “OK” in the message box. 

You can make a brush out of anything you want, it’s a fun and easy way to get your own custom look. To make my border using this brush, I just choose the newly created brush from the brush pallet, used the color picker to select a color I liked from the page, and played around with the “size”, “spacing” and “angle” options in the brushes palette to achieve a random look.  There are endless possibilities with this technique, the best way to learn is by experimenting, so give it a try :)

Tip: Holding down the shift key while using your brush will help you create a straight line!

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