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Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes - Beach Themed Brushes
Here's Stephanie with her latest Photoshop brushes, Beach Themed Brushes.
Okay, this set is based off a request I got... quite a while ago. I get some requests that I just don’t know quite what to do with, at first. This was one of those. I started out collecting photographs to make it an image-based set. But since then, I’ve decided I really don’t LIKE image-based sets. And most people don’t really use them. Why would you use a Photoshop brush for something that you could get a stock photo of, and add it already in color?
I can think of very few exceptions that would make you do this. So, while I will still be doing image-based sets... they’re mostly going to be the kinds of things that you would add to something. Not the “thing” itself. (Like, the Distressed brushes - those are great! And image based. But the Sports brushes, which are all kinds of sports equipment and balls... not-so-great. Not many more of those kinds of things coming.)
Anyway, my point is that I wanted to still do the whole beach-themed thing, and wanted to try something new. So, I’ve started a new section for sketches brushes . These will be, well, just what they sound like! Actual, hand-drawn sketches of various things. I AM an artist, I figured I may as well start using it!
So, to whoever requested the beach themed brushes (I believe a lighthouse and a message in a bottle were specifically named), my apologies for this taking so long! But here you go!
This set includes: a beach ball, a pail (bucket), an umbrella, bubbles, a conch and various other shells, a dolphin, a heron, a lighthouse, a lounge chair, a couple messages in a bottle, a palm tree, a pelican, a sand castle, a sand dollar, a sea turtle, 2 ships (one sailboat, one galleon), a starfish, a stylized sun, sunglasses, and waves. They’re all high resolution, with the average brush size being about 1900 pixels. Download the beach themed brushes.
Photoshop Brush Tip
I’ve shown you in various other brushes tips how to get brushes to do things like scatter, change their angle, size, and color, etc. So, what happens if you want to SAVE a brush like that, once you’ve created it? Well, first off, make sure that you have the set open that you want to save the brush to. Because it will be added to whichever set you have currently open.
Once you have the brush settings how you’d like them, click on your Brushes tab (or hit F5). Up in the VERY upper right hand corner, there should be a small arrow (facing right). Click on that arrow. (Alternately, you can click on the small arrow next to your currently selected brush’s thumbnail to open the brush preset picker, and then choose that small arrow on the top right.)
You should see a list of all your current brush sets, etc. Near the very beginning, there should be a “New Brush Preset..” option. That’s the one you want! Choose that, name your brush, and it will be added to your current set. How is this different from choosing Edit > Define Brush Preset from the top menu? Well, if you do it that way, all it will save is the brush shape, based on what is on your canvas. “New Brush Preset..” will save the brush that you’re currently using, including all the extra options you’ve added. Hope this helps!
Want 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.
Photoshop Brushes CD
The Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes Compilation CD features one of every single Obsidian Dawn brush set. That means that it contains 100+ brush sets and thousands of brushes. It is constantly updated with the latest releases, so that the CD includes all of the most recently released brush sets.
The Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes Compilation CD is only $10, with free shipping to those in the US! To purchase the CD, visit Obsidian Dawn Brushes and click on the "Buy Now" button. International shipping is also available for $5 extra.
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