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Holiday Photoshop and GIMP Brushes

Brushes: 39
Photoshop 7, CS-CS6, CC
Photoshop Elements 2+
GIMP 2.2.6+

A set of brushes composed of various holiday items and symbols. Mostly Christmas stuff, but a few Hanukkah items thrown in, as well! Includes: angel, bells, bows, candy cane, corner & divider ornamental brushes, dradle, gifts, hearth (fireplace) w/stockings, holly, icicles, string of christmas lights, menorah, milk and cookies, mistletoe, nutcracker, ornaments, poinsettia, a few holiday clipart/outlines, snowflakes, snowman, stockings, christmas tree, wreath, etc!

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bjsumers's avatar
ty for the beautiful brushes, will credit
Many thanks and Merry Christmas
redheadstock's avatar
Good to know. I made these about 10 years ago, so it's not something I'm going to rectify at this point. :)

How is it "wrong", though? Is it not a holiday menorah?
killashandra-falta's avatar
It IS a menorah, but it is not a Chanukkah menorah. 

Believe it or not, I had the same argument with another artist this past winter. So, I will give you the same answer I gave him:

The reason we have 9 candles now, though is because the holiday is also known as "The Miracle of Lights" because after the forces of Antiochus IV had been driven from the Temple (around 174 B.C.E.), the Maccabees discovered that almost all of the ritual olive oil had been profaned. They found only a single container that was still sealed by the High Priest, with enough oil to keep the menorah in the Temple lit for a single day. They used this, yet it burned for eight days (the time it took to have new oil pressed and made ready).

So, Channukkah menorah has 9 candles, 8 representing the eight days, and the Shamash candle (which is used to light the others). Each night, one additional candle is lit until the last night when all nine are aglow. (First night: Shamash +1, Second night: Shamash +2 etc.)

The 7 candled menorah came into play LONG before Channukkah. (The time of Moses.)

And, just so you know, there is no wrong way to spell Channukkah.

redheadstock's avatar
Awesome, good to know! I never realized there was a specific kind of Chanukkah menorah. Thanks for the heads up :)
killashandra-falta's avatar
you are welcome and thanks for listening! :)
I can use the images, but they are  only black and white.   how can I get color?
redheadstock's avatar
Follow the link to my website, and click on the "Multiple Colors with Brushes" tutorial.

It's a lot more work than it's worth, in most cases. If you want these in color, I advise looking for some PNGs. It can be done, but it's like coloring in a coloring book, and there's some tricks to it. 

But Photoshop brushes can only be used in the currently selected color, so that's why your'e seeing them in black & white. If you selected red and used it, they'd be red & white. That's how Photoshop brushes were made to be used. 

These brushes work better if you're in a monochromatic palette. But check out that tutorial and you'll see what I mean. It's pretty helpful (as are all my other tutorials!) for Photoshop beginners.
I can open the brushes in photoshop, but they don't have color.  just black and white.  suggestions?
redheadstock's avatar
I think I just answered this question of yours somewhere else. Just in case I didn't, check out my website and the tutorial "Multiple Colors with Brushes".
Thank you ,very nice.
;) (Wink) Thank you so much.
used here thanks ;) (Wink)
MJClArt's avatar
Merci pour vos brushes utilisés…
Calisaroa's avatar
At Happy Hannukah by Calisaroa I used your stock.  Thank you.
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