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Guide to PS Brushes

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Click the Download link on the right sidebar to get the guide ->>>

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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:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

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 <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/g/g…" width="17" height="15" alt=":giggle:" title="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 <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart" />

<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/n/n…" width="29" height="25" alt=":noir:" title="Noir" /> Eil

ps: updating your tutorial in the gallery now.
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I can't see any download option anywhere 😔

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WarwickDoolanHobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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Hello, I downloaded this guide, thanks for making it available.
All the best,
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zxKBYxzHobbyist General Artist
I cant see the link o.O
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dankwHobbyist Photographer
I hope I can learn something!
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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 ....
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thankssss!! ;)
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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 
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BlightOwlStudent 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!
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nokariProfessional Interface Designer
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imaginaryelleHobbyist General Artist
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ZhetansHobbyist Traditional Artist
how do I use already Downloaded burshes? I can't find mine
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nokariProfessional Interface Designer
The guide explains how to load brushes. You just need to know where you put the ones you downloaded.
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use in assignment drawing..thx a lot
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would photoshop brushes work in gimp ?
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Melyssah6-StockHobbyist 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
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JumbodStudent Digital Artist
Oh ... tyvm ... I think I could use this one ... h.a.n.d. ... !
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gamesday666Hobbyist Artist
i dont see a link 0.o
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