Posts Tagged ‘beginners’

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Using the brushes even if you don’t have Photoshop

February 15, 2008

There is brilliant free (opensource) program ABRviewer which extracts PNG images from photoshop brush sets. What this means is that you can use it to convert brush sets that were made in CS3 or CS2 to use in older versions.

For instance, I use Photoshop 7, but if I try to download a brush set made in CS3 it won’t work and I get an error message. Very frustrating when you’ve just found an amazing set that you can’t wait to try out.

Extracting the PNG images is also useful for non photoshop users, and for digital scrapbooking etc. It makes the images contained within brush sets available to everyone, in any graphics editing software.
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Tip – How to find the exact centre of your image

February 14, 2008

Useful for alignment, and simple to do.

Starting with your new image, make a new layer

Fill that layer with any colour with the paintbucket tool

Open your rulers (View > Rulers)

Press Ctrl and T (the shortcut for free transform)

You’ll now see the centre of your image. Drag your rulers to the centre

Now cancel your free transform and delete that layer.

Voila.

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How to use patterns (photoshop beginners)

February 8, 2008

Using pattern fills in graphics and logos is big news for 2008. The emerging trend sees flat vector artwork being filled with ornate floral or retro patterns for a clean but textural look. The trend has crossed over from the use of retro and art nouveau wallpaper in interior design, and is now being picked up by the graphics industry. To get in on the trend…

Heres one way to do it

There are many ways to use photoshop patterns. In this short tutorial I’m going to show you a simple way to achieve some interesting effects.
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