Don’t know how to use our brushes? Here’s a quick tutorial on installing brushes and some tips on using them. Our brushes are primarily similar to stamping in real art. They are placed on your page with one click, or maybe two depending on what you plan to do with it. I am using CS6 on Windows for this tutorial and ViVa Artistry’s Dotted and Stained brushes pack (this is Commercial Use ok).
Installation is pretty simple. Head to your BRUSH TOOL and select it. Go to the bar on top and select the down arrow where the brush palette pops up.
Select the SETTINGS and a new popup comes up. Scroll down to LOAD BRUSHES. Now, follow thru to where you have stored your brush files and select the file you need. Remember that you will need to unzip your downloaded file first before installation.
This particular file has two ABR files, one regular one and the other for CS6 and above which can handle larger brush sizes. Select the file you wish. Now, to make it easier to work with, I like to use the brush palette. You can find it under WINDOW and scroll to BRUSH and BRUSH PRESETS and select.
On the BRUSH palette, you will get information on each brush. Select the one you want to use. If you are not seeing all the brushes as below, be sure to click on the BRUSH TIP SHAPE header.
Go to your working page, and “stamp” or click the brush on the page. Now, this will place the image in it’s original placement.
To change it, go to the BRUSH palette and check the position. You can type in the angle you wish it to be. The original angle was 0 degrees. Here, we set it to 45 Degrees and it will turn the image perpendicular to the original. Easier yet, click and drag on the dial to the right of the angle, called the BRUSH DIRECTION PICKER. Drag the angle to where you need it to be and again, click the brush (stamp) on your working page.
Some quick tips:
When you are working on a page, it’s easiest if you create a new layer for your brush, so you don’t work on your original file and if you make a mistake, it’s difficult to undo. If you work with the brush on its own layer, you can quickly delete or undo it. Each brush can be on its own layer. If you are altering an element with the brush, just clip the layer to the element layer by selecting the brush layer in the layers palette and clicking CTRL-Alt-G (or COMMAND-OPTION-G on a Mac).
Some of the brushes are less opaque than others for a more vintage look. To make it darker, you can duplicate the layer a couple times.
Click on LAYER in the top bar, then DUPLICATE LAYER however many times you need. Then, in the layers palette, select the layers and click CTRL-E to merge the layers into one layer.
In case you need it to be less prominent, you can lessen opacity by selecting and dragging the opacity level in the top bar to the opacity level you wish prior to placing the image in your layer.
You can also select colors prior to using the brushes OR, change the colors after the fact. You can put the brush image on separate layers, color each layer a different color, and erase any part of the image from the layer you choose. Remember to merge the layers when you finish.