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Swirls Photoshop Brushes From Stephanie
Here's Stephanie with her latest free Photoshop brush set, Swirl Brushes:
Okay, so I thought it was about time I released these. I've been using these little babies to make a lot of my swirl designs, including those in the most recent "St. Patrick's Day" brush set. They are basically a bunch of parts or sections of what would make up a swirly design... so that you can put them all together to make your OWN swirl designs.
Never thought you would be able to make your own swirls? Well, now you should be able to! The most important thing about being able to use these proficiently is to know how to rotate your brush. So that you can add the swirl part exactly where you want it, at exactly the right angle that you want it. I can't make each swirl part available in 180 degrees worth of angles, that's just not realistic for me to do... or for you to have to download! So, please be sure to check out the "Brushes Tip" below, if you're not sure how to rotate your brush before or as you're using it!
Download Swirl Brushes.
To make the most of these brushes, you need to be able to rotate them and flip them to be used at the EXACT angle/orientation that you want to. You can change the angle of your brush before you even use it! Here’s how:
Have your brush tool selected, with the brush you’re wanting to use loaded. Click on the “Brushes” tab in the upper right area of your Photoshop window (F5 will also open it). Click on “Brush Tip Shape.”
Now, you’ll see an area where there’s a circle with a crosshair through it, with an arrow on one side of the crosshair. Say that you want to rotate your brush about 40 degrees to the right. You can either type in “-40″ into the “Angle” area, or you can click on the arrow part of that crosshair, then drag your mouse to rotate it around to where you want it to be. You can check how your brush looks in the preview area beneath!
In more recent versions of PS, there’s also the options for Flip X and Y, which… well, basically flip the brush horizontally or vertically. That’s handy for adding borders to something, like if you have a corner brush that’s made for the upper right corner and you want to also use it in the upper left… just Flip X, and voila!
More Free Photoshop Brushes
We've collected the most recent of Stephanie's original brushes on a special Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes Page, with big preview images to give you an idea of each set. For her high resolution brushes, you can find a special collection on our high res brush page. Also see our Free Photoshop brushes Page for other places to find brushes.
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