How To Install & Use Photoshop Brushes To Create Digital Art

Jun 23 2015
Learn how to install & use photoshop brushes to create digital art for your creative business and blog

 

Did you know you could create gorgeous pieces of digital art using Adobe Photoshop? Photoshop enables the use of digital brushes to create drawings and paintings just like you would with a real brush on a canvas. You can select any color, any brush, any stroke and brush away!

If you are a blogger or a creative, you could use Photoshop brushes for some fun creative projects like these below:
  • Create a watercolor theme for your brand/blog – watercolor logos, social media icons, blog buttons etc.
  • Create digital prints or paintings for sale
  • Create patterns to use for print on fabrics, mobile cases, mugs etc.
  • Create watercolor effects for blog post graphics
  • Create watercolor wallpapers and/or digital freebies for download

How to Install & Use Photoshop Brushes:

So today I will be sharing with you a step-by-step tutorial on how to install and use photoshop brushes. For this you will need just a couple of things:
  • Adobe Photoshop (You can download a free trial here )

I know many of you use Photoshop for a variety of your creative needs, so I quickly whipped up a FREE cheatsheet with all the keyboard shortcuts for you to download and use, click below right now!

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  • Photoshop Brush Pack (Click here to download these for FREE!)

Let’s begin the tutorial:

Step 1 : Download the brush pack onto your desktop and unzip it to extract the photoshop brushes (Files with  the .abr extension are the brushes).  Open Photoshop. To install the brushes, from the top main menu, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager.
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Step 2 : Once the preset manager window is open, select Preset type = Brushes from the drop down menu and click Load. Browse the location of the .abr brush files you just downloaded and Click Done. The brushes are now installed on your Photoshop.
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Step 3 : Now, let’s create a canvas for you to try your new brushes on by going to  File > New. Select the name & dimensions for your file and click OK. If your tools panel isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Tools (select). If your brush window isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Brushes (select).Step 4 : To use the brushes, select the brush tool (Marked in the figure below) from your tools panel. You can select the brush you want to use from the brush panel/window (Marked in the figure below). This will bring up the list of brushes available for you to choose from. That’s it, just get your cursor onto the canvas and start painting away.

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You can also change the brush, mode, stroke, size and opacity of your brushes by altering the settings in the brush tool bar at the top. (Marked in the figure above)

Its that simple, so get creative and brush away. There are unlimited options with what you can do with photoshop brushes, so just play around and have a good time!
Also, I know many of you use photoshop for a variety of your creative needs, so I quickly whipped up a FREE cheatsheet with all the keyboard shortcuts for you to download and use, click below right now!These 25 Photoshop shortcuts and tricks will speed up your workflow and save you a lot of time in your blog & Business. Plus Download a FREE cheatsheet too!
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  • Emily Knott

    Your posts are beyond helpful! I can’t get enough of them! Tell me more!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  • This is so helpful! Ill be doing this later.

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

  • emily couture

    Such a helpful post 🙂

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hi jenna! Yes definitely try it, its so much fun! xx

  • Hi emily! Ah, so kind – thank you so much. I am glad to hear that! xx

  • Thanks a lot emily, happy to help! xx

  • 🙂 Thanks! xx

  • This is amazing! I've been wondering how I could get that watercolor effect in my graphics. I really enjoy tooling around with Photoshop, but I feel like I've barely begun to scratch the surface with what it can do. I would love to see more tutorials like this! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Thanks a lot lauren 🙂 I will be definitely posting more of these xx

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