Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Here’s a quick and easy way to make an interesting background in Photoshop that totally rocks.
Create a new image the size of your background and fill it with a color. Make a selection on either edge of the image – I made mine on the right – and fill it with your second color.
Now choose Filter > Stylize > Wind and select the Blast and the From the Right options and click Ok. When you do the filter will be applied to the image and the edge will begin to fracture.
Continue to apply the filter by pressing Ctrl + F (Command + F on the Mac) – this shortcut repeatedly reapplies the last filter you applied. Stop when you get the effect that you want.
You can stop here or you can go ahead and apply and additional filter to the image.
Filters such as Splatter, Patchwork, Glass, Torn Edges, Water Paper and Rough Pastels all give an interesting result.
Finally, I’ve been using some cool tree silhouette brushes lately and I’ve finished the design off with a simple tree brush stroke.
Labels: art, background, filter, free brushes, Photoshop, wind
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
I just made a set of fun Photoshop steampunk brushes. They are made from clock parts and they have a photographic quality to them. The collection includes a range of gears and some funky metal bits too. They are sized upwards of 600 pixels and some are as large as 2400 pixels.
They are free brushes for personal use and an inexpensive commercial license is available.
You can download them from projectwoman.com.
Labels: download, free brushes, steampunk
Monday, January 12th, 2009
Yup, I am a certified brush junkie and I just love free downloadable Photoshop brushes. However, I’m also a designer so I need to know what I can use for my designs and what I can only use for personal projects.
So.. I created this web page with a list of my favorite brushes. You get to see pictures of the brush sets, you get some detail about the set and the all important licence information. Click any of the links or the images themselves to go direct to the web site to download the brushes you like.
It’s all too easy and, best of all, I’ll be updating the page regularly so you’ll always find something new in the list and I’ll be adding links to my own custom brush sets so you can download them too.
If you have a favorite brush set you think I should include in the list, send me an email to helen(at)helenbradley.com, tell me about the set and give me the download link. If I like it, I’ll add it to the list and credit you for finding it.
You can also get regular updates on my favorite brushes by following me on Twitter. I post a new set nearly every other day.
Labels: free brushes, freeware, Photoshop