There are tons of different things you can do in Photoshop, no matter what version of the program you have. You can edit photos in a variety of different ways as well. You can change backgrounds, edit hair color, blur and sharpen photos, and much more. One thing you can also do is use brushes, which are very helpful when you want to edit photos.
Photoshop brushes have their own toolbox within the program. There are many pre-loaded brushes within Photoshop ranging from hard to soft brushes, brushes with borders and edges, to small and large brushes. Some brushes even have shapes, such as leaves or butterflies. Each can be used for a variety of different reasons and each has their own effect.
One important thing you need to know how to do in Photoshop is load brushes. You may be wondering why this is important if the brushes are already pre-loaded on to the program. This is absolutely true. Photoshop comes with a ton of pre-loaded brushes, as mentioned in the previous program. However, there are many people on the Internet who make their own brushes and allow other people to use them. Because of this, you can get brushes in all different shapes and sizes. You can get makeup brushes, vampire teeth brushes, heart brushes, bird brushes, hair brushes, border brushes, just about any shape you can think of!
Because of this, it’s important to know how to load brushes in Photoshop, no matter what version you have. So in this tutorial I will show you how to basically get from point A (downloading the brush) to point B (having the brushes installed and ready to use on a picture). I will be using Photoshop 7/CS for this tutorial.
So let’s begin!
Step 1) Find brushes to download and download them. There are tons of great websites to download brushes off of, but my favorite is deviantART. Some other examples of brush downloading sites include Brusheezy.com and PSBrushes.net. Just simply Google “Photoshop Brushes” and you’ll find what you’re looking for. Also, make sure you remember where you saved them, otherwise you won’t be able to find them later on!
Step 2) Bring up the Photoshop brushes palette by clicking the brush symbol on the vertical menu bar on the left-hand side of the screen and then clicking the down arrow when the brush option pops up on the horizontal menu bar at the top. You can also click F5 on the keyboard. You should now have the palette open with all the brush options on it.
Step 3) Click the right-facing arrow on the drop down menu. This will take you to a separate drop down menu bar that you can choose a variety of options from.
Step 4) On the new drop down menu bar, click “Load Brushes.”
Step 5) By clicking “Load Brushes” off the drop down menu, it will take you to the open file screen that you typically see when opening something on a computer. Search for your brushes, double click the icon, and your brushes will be loaded!
-Make sure the brushes you are loading are compatible with the version of Photoshop you are using. Many brushes will say which versions they work with.
-Create a Brushes folder on your computer so that you can keep track of all the brushes you downloaded, just in case you ever need to load them again.
-Make sure you select append instead replacing the current list, otherwise it will delete all your previous brushes.
-Check out this tutorial on how to Create Your Own Brushes.