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Guide to PS Brushes by nokari Guide to PS Brushes by nokari

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This is a detailed guide to anything and everything there is to know about Adobe Photoshop Brushes up to CS4.

Topics include menu descriptions, loading and saving brush sets, how to make your own brushes, how to manage your brushes, keyboard shortcuts, and much more!

This guide is for every level of Photoshop user, from beginner to expert.

If you have any questions, find a discrepancy, or think something should be added, please send me a note.
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Given 2008-02-26
Complete Photoshop Brush Guide by =nokari explains everything you ever wanted to know about Photoshop brushes. From basic steps to creating and managing them. This is a must have tutorial if you are a Photoshop user. ( Suggested by Bleeding-Dragon and Featured by bleedsopretty )
To start off, this is the single most comprehensive guide on the subject I've ever come across. Including chapters about brushes in Photoshop for Dummies and other similar books.

You cover all the bases and explain them well in both words and images. Your layout looks simple at first glance, but there are details such as gradients in the background and drop shadows on the screenshots that shows you've put some thought into it, and that leaves a clean and professional impression that matches the writing style.

I'm more a fan of a personal, conversational tone in tutorials because I find it easier to read them, but I'm really not sure how you personal you could get with brushes :giggle:

That said, this is not a guide I will read from start to finish. I don't mean that in a negative way; there's simply alot of text and that makes it feel like an extract from a book - and, like a book, I prefer to skim through it once and maybe go back and read more thoroughly if I find an interesting part.

This made me wonder if perhaps a different format would suit your guide better. Like, cut each page in half so that there are six parts instead of three, and then put it together in Flash so that the readers could flip back and forth - just like a book. When the height of the images of the guide (got that?) is so tall, and there is so much text, I think it's would be easier to read if you split it up. Also there's no scroll option in Windows Photo Gallery Viewer (or whatever the name is) and I found it a bit tedious to drag with the mouse.

But that's my personal opinion. I don't mean that you should just go and cut the images and put that in the .zip instead, but that if you're familiar with Flash then you might consider an interactive alternative for your guide.

Apart from that, I can't find anything to put my finger on - it's a well-written and detailed guide and you've obviously put alot of time into it. I did learn several things which I didn't know before and that's always a good thing.

Keep it up, and thank you very much for sharing :heart:

:noir: Eil

ps: updating your tutorial in the gallery now.
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WarwickDoolan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
glenncee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Hello, I downloaded this guide, thanks for making it available.
All the best,
zxKBYxz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant see the link o.O
dankw Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope I can learn something!
Pixijayne Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
Ummm they are jpg files .. and open in PS for me and the quality is very hard to read. What am I doing wrong, I just want to learn how to install a brush set ....
PolMuiz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
thankssss!! ;)
xcatwalk Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
THANK YOU!!!Heart Heart Heart  I am new to Deviant Art, in fact, I just started today Wink/Razz  Your guide will help me a lot in Photoshop!  Thank you for writing these guides and more power to you!!!Clap Clap 
BlightOwl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow this is so helpful!  You've gone into serious detail here and it makes a difference, I now very well understand the basics of brush-making.  Thanks so much for making this!  You deserve a cookie.  Go get a cookie.  Oh you don't have any cookies?  Go buy a cookie.
Thanks again!
nokari Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
imaginaryelle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Spirit-of-god-hope Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do I use already Downloaded burshes? I can't find mine
nokari Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The guide explains how to load brushes. You just need to know where you put the ones you downloaded.
Spirit-of-god-hope Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ckshen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
use in assignment drawing..thx a lot
juliloaiza Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
anonymoushn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
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unmei13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
would photoshop brushes work in gimp ?
magicooooo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Melyssah6-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! It's nice to have just one tutorial on everything for brushes rather than having to switch back and forth between several
Jumbod Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh ... tyvm ... I think I could use this one ... h.a.n.d. ... !
gamesday666 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i dont see a link 0.o
nokari Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Top right of the page where it says Download File.
dobrijevicborg Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
thank you :)
wishcraftz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much! I think this will be very helpful:)
zeki522 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
thank you!
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lightsourcetrickster Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this. I'm sure it'll turn out quite useful.
DixieDoesPSP Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Awesome, I am sure I will find something I never knew before. Thanks so much for sharing.
hunnyperk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thx , im grateful toyou, thx
Dionalli Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Would this work for PSE 7? Just curious, as this seems veery useful.
nokari Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Most things should be similar
Dionalli Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thank you!
ViolaAtDeviant Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
thank you!
DazzleOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Guess i should try this photoshop... i realy want :D
pandaholic-becky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Thank you so much! It's awesome and very useful.
DragonCrest2011 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you for this tutorial. Maybe it will make all this a little less confusing!
Linstock Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
My most deeply felt and humble thanks for this.
L3arn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank You for this.
marianaber Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very useful.. I've been working on PS for a long time, but I found things here that I'd never known before!! Thank you so much!
Freddx21 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
This is just what I needed, thanks so much!
HerViolentLullaby Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :DD
Lucinhae Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Artist
Thanks! :hug:
LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Thanks so much!
daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
:iconindrapangestu: god bless you for this!!:iconindrapangestu:
drugivian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is a very nice tutorial.
I was wondering ...since i love your tutorial so much i was
wondering if you can register on my site (Forum) and Post this tutorial in
the tutorial section of my forum located in the Graphics Area..
I would really appreciate it if you do.

You can check out the site here:
vylet-is-vylent Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ooohhh This helps a lot! Thanks So much!!! :D
Hidany-Wolven39 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you nokari:iconsweethugplz:
Elmerk Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
thank you = )
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