Archive for the ‘Brushes’ Category

Illustration Friday “Pattern”

Sep 26, 2009

I was just developing a set of patterns yesterday, so the theme for Illustration Friday is perfect.

Talking about patterns, I am giving away FREE this set of my original Photoshop patterns, called “Extravagant”, to anyone who leaves a comment on this post.

OK, I’m loving this color theme and getting carried away with the spirit of Halloween!!!

Here’s a scratched-up, splattered-on, illuminated and bejewelled alpha for all my scrapbookers visitors. Make your layouts POP out at you! The x-height of each letter is around 300 px, so they are large enough for anything print-related, and also look great on screen. (The zip file is 8.5MB.)

The alpha set costs only $1.99.

Free Flower Grunge Brush Set

Sep 17, 2009

I’ve been playing around with photoshop brush effects. I love the feel of this, and I made four brushes that work rather well together – they are part decorative and part grunge.


3 Apps for Previewing Photoshop Brushes

Jul 28, 2009

Downloading brushes for Photoshop is easy to do, but managing an enormous amount of them on your computer can be more difficult. The Brushes Palette in Photoshop can not handle a huge amount of brushes at once, meaning that we need to refresh our palettes every so often by deleting some brushes and uploading others. This post gives you 3 different options that will make your life a whole lot easier.


This is a nifty tool, it shows a preview of the brushes by selecting the brush file in the Finder and hitting the space bar once (Mac/Leopard OS). The brush set pops out with the all its contents clearly visible. You can also drag the box to enlarge the preview window, increasing the size of the preview.

Brush Pilot

Brush Pilot for Mac OS X is designed to save you time by allowing you to instantly preview your brushes without having to load them into Photoshop. It costs $15 and it features automatic locationof every brush file on your system, fast preview, and installs brushes with one click.

Abr Viewer

Abr Viewer was created by Luigi Bellanca from Italy. It generates images for single brushes and also the general image from thumbnail palette. You can adjust thumbnail size and have the preview of the actual size of the brush. Download is free.


Jun 15, 2009

This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is “unfold”. My take on this one is very literal, I folded and unfolded a scrap of paper and made a small sketch of it with a black pen on paper. In photoshop, I colored the squares and added punched hole effects, stars and other decorative elements. To enlarge, click here.