How to Load and Use Brushes and Patterns in Photoshop3:58 with Allison Grayce Marshall
In this Treehouse Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to load and use brushes and patterns in Adobe Photoshop. Using brushes and patterns allows you to create a tactile and artistic feel that will set your design apart from the rest.
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[treehouse presents] 0:00 [How to Load and Use Brushes and Patterns in Adobe Photoshop with Allison Grayce] 0:02 Hi, I’m Allison Grayce. 0:05 In this Treehouse quick tip, 0:07 we're going to learn how to load and use brushes and patterns in Adobe Photoshop. 0:09 I am looking to use some brushes in my design to add texture and grunge. 0:13 There are tons of brushes and patterns on the Internet that you can find, 0:17 but I’m going to use my favorite brushes by Liam McKay, 0:20 function subtle grunge brushes. 0:22 I am going to go ahead and download them form Designmoo, 0:25 which I will link to in the description box. 0:28 Go ahead and extract the zip folder, 0:30 and inside should be an ABR file. 0:33 Copy that file, 0:36 go ahead and navigate to applications, 0:39 Adobe Photoshop CS6—in my situation. 0:41 Click on presets, brushes, 0:45 and go ahead and paste the ABR file into this directory. 0:48 The brushes already in here are Adobe’s default brushes. 0:52 So you can go ahead and close the finder here 0:56 and minimize your browser and head back on over to Photoshop. 0:58 Select the brush tool from your toolbar by pressing B on your keyboard, 1:04 or just clicking on it in your toolbar. 1:08 Navigate to the options bar and click the drop down arrow. 1:10 Go ahead and click the gear button here, 1:13 or in your case, depending on which version of Photoshop you’re using, 1:16 this might be an arrow, and click replace brushes. 1:19 We’re going to navigate to the directory where we paste our ABR file, 1:23 and we're looking for function subtle grunge. 1:32 So go ahead and click open. 1:35 Your new brushes will now appear in the scrolling area 1:37 in the drop down menu of the options bar, 1:40 and go ahead and select one of the brushes. 1:43 I am going to add a mask to the shape that I want to apply the texture to. 1:45 To preview the brush, press the caps lock button on your keyboard. 1:51 So I am going to head on over to the layers panel 1:55 and add a mask to the object that I want to add texture to. 1:58 In this case, I am going to add texture to the grey circle. 2:01 So go ahead and press the add layer mask button right here, 2:04 and making sure you have black as your foreground color, 2:07 go ahead and click on the canvas to apply the texture. 2:11 And you can just click around to add more texture. 2:15 Press control Z to undo the texture. 2:18 It’s really just a matter of experimentation. 2:21 So I think that looks pretty good. 2:24 Now I want to add a texture in the background, 2:26 and I want this texture to be a repeating pattern. 2:29 So my favorite tile wall patterns are from Tileables, 2:33 and I am going to navigate to their website 2:36 and download a repeating paper background. 2:38 So you can either download the entire pack here, 2:40 or you can just click on one, 2:43 open image in the new tab. 2:45 I am going to copy this image, 2:48 bring it back into Photoshop, 2:51 create a new document, and paste the image. 2:53 Now that I have the tileable image, 2:56 it’s time to define it as a pattern. 2:58 You do so by going to the menu bar at the top and pressing edit, 3:00 define pattern, and feel free to name this pattern as you wish. 3:05 So I am going to make this document a little bit larger. 3:12 You can delete the solid color background, 3:17 create a new layer, 3:19 making sure that layer is underneath the circle. 3:21 So go ahead and choose the paint bucket tool from your toolbar 3:25 and navigate on up to the options bar. 3:27 Click the drop-down menu next to the thumbnail here, 3:30 and you will see your new pattern. 3:33 So go ahead and select that, 3:35 and you can click on the canvas, 3:37 and we're done. 3:39 By using brushes and patterns we’ve pushed this design to the next level. 3:41 Now that you know how to load and use brushed and patterns in Photoshop, 3:44 the endless looks you can achieve with these tools 3:48 are only limited to your imagination. 3:50 Using these tools will create a tactile and artistic feel, 3:52 setting your design apart from the rest. 3:55
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