Simplify applying images
with the Paintbrush tool.
By Charles Platt
Brushes are a lesser-used feature of Photoshop that designer Silvia Bukovac
Gaševi has exploited to extreme effect. The concept is simple: Create an image,
define it as a brush, and apply it with the Paintbrush tool.
As an example, she suggests, “Let’s say I wish to “How to create grungy vector brushes.”
add a snowing effect to a graphic. Instead of placing Gaševi creates many of her brushes in Adobe
snowflakes one by one to the image, I just select a Illustrator or Corel Draw before importing them
snowflake brush.” to Photoshop, but a few have a more organic gen-
Gaševi’s website at graphics-illustrations.com esis. “My Coffee Stains brushes,” she says, “are real
contains a huge variety of brush patterns, ranging stains that are scanned and imported directly into
from alphabets to leaves to lipstick impressions. Photoshop.”
Some designs are for sale, while others are free. There’s only one snag if you want to brush up on
The site also offers tutorials, beginning with your brushes: you’ll need Photoshop 7 or later to
basics and progressing to esoteric topics such as make full use of this feature.
Images by Silvia Bukovac Gaševi
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