Tips on Submitting Brushes to dA
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Well, first off... you need to know how to make and save your own brushes. Check out the list of tutorials on the right. You're going to want the "Creating Brushes" tutorial.
Once you're through with that, you'll need to make your brushes into a ZIP file. This makes them easier and faster to download. You can do that using your favorite extraction utility, or if you're a Windows user... just right click on the .ABR file that you want to ZIP up and choose "Send To" and then "Compressed (Zipped) Folder".
The next step is to make a nice preview image. I make mine 450 X 600, and I'd recommend not making them much wider than that (450 pixels). Within my preview image, I like to explain what version of Photoshop they'll work in, how many brushes there are, and give my dA name (and website) so that the preview image can't be stolen as-is and redistributed. If you're not sure what versions of Photoshop your brushes will work in, that's easy. If you make them in Photoshop 7, they'll work in 7 and any versions that came out after it. So if you make them in PS CS2, they'll only work in CS2 and CS3, basically. (I'm not sure about versions of Photoshop earlier than 7, because they were saved in a different file format. So they may not work in the newer versions at all.)
And then comes the uploading part!
- Go to your dA homepage (click on your name in the dark bar on the left side).
- Click on "Submit Deviation" over on the right
- Put in the deviation title. Something like "Blah Brushes"
- Choose the category. Click on "Choose Category" and select Resources > Application Resources > Photoshop Brushes, then hit "Ok"
- Click on "Add a file" and find your ZIP file on your computer. Click "Ok"
- Now it will ask you for a preview image. Click on "Choose" next to where it now says "Preview." Find the preview image on your computer and click "Ok"
- Now for the comments. In there, I like to put (again, because a lot of people don't read the preview image) all the information on the brushes... like how many there are, what their name is, what your name is, what version of PS they'll work in, etc. Also, of course... information on what the brushes are all about.
- Then type in some keywords that seem to fit your deviation fairly well. Don't forget to include "photoshop brushes" in there!
- Select "No" for mature content (unless you're making some pretty darn risque' brushes!)
- Click on "Choose License" and it will walk you through some questions on how you'd like your brushes to be used. Whether or not they can be used commercially, shared, etc. Just follow the questions and hit "Ok" and it will select the right license for you and display it.
- Make sure that you read the Submission Policy and the Terms of Service, and then hit "Submit" - You're done!
snackratHobbyist General Artist
Okay I'm just adding this little note - I have CS2 at school which I use, and 6.0 at home. I have reguarly used 6.0 brushes with CS2 (although haven't even bothered to try the other way around since it won't work). So yes, 6.0 is included in the brush-switcheroo.