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Using Brushes in PS to Create Backgrounds

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We have a great one today!  Ever wonder what else you could do with brushes and digital stamps other than the usual click and stamp?  Well today we are going to create a border and a cluster using stamps as a mask for pattern paper!  Once you figure this out the possibilities will be endless!  Enjoy!! 

 

Here is a view of the digital layout with and without the border so you can see the fun it adds to the page.  

 

               

 

You see how that border just adds that little bit of oomph to the page?  Well so it's so easy just follow along with the few steps below. 

 

1. Select a modest background for the base. 

2. Choose what style of brush you want to use for the first layer of the border here I chose a grunge brush first and a scripted font brush second.     Make sure you have the brush panel options open on the right so you can easily adjust the settings. (To do this go to "Window---> Brush presets" and this will open the brush group tab on the right of your page. 

3.  Make sure you select NEW layer before you start stamping away or the stamps will be ON the background paper and you won’t be able to mask the pattern paper later on with the stamps.  The color of stamped image doesn't matter because we are going to merge the layers so don't worry about picking something that "matches" your layout, make it bright and bold so you can see what you are doing. 

4.  Size and rotate your brush to your liking.  I used about 700 px size for the brush and then click on the arrow part of the target looking icon to rotate the angle of the brush as you go around the page.  Can you see from above how the brush changes direction as it moves around the page? 

 

 

5. Go around your page using clicks to apply the brush.  As I went to a corner I change the angle of the brush to add the fluency you see.  

6. Keep in mind one click or two will be good.  You don’t want it 100% solid so that paper looks aged and worn a little bit.  Check to make sure you didn't miss any spots and that you can see some stamping is thicker in some spots than in other other spots. 

 

 

7. Once you are happy with how it looks, now comes the fun.  Choose a pattern paper and place it right on top of the stamped layer and then group it. (CMD+OPT+G for PS or CMD+G for PSE)

 

 

8. I changed the opacity on mine to about 50% so it was subtle and didn’t take away from the page. 

9. Add other layers of different shapes and different papers. Until you get the result you want.  This is where I used a script brush with a blue pattern paper over the pink.  Here is an up close view for you to see the details: 

 

 Fun right? 

 

You can also do this to create paint clusters and embellishments with your kits!  This below was just a combination of many brushes and layers all masked with three different pattern papers.  I then added some of the kit’s scatter embellishments to add some bling and embellish it just a little! 

 

 

 

 

Share with me what you create using this technique!  Can't wait to see!  

 

Footnote:  The kit used for this page and tutorial is "All that Glitters" by Zoe Pern and Studio Flergs at Sweet Shoppe Designs. 

 

 

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Libby Wiers Saturday, 21 February 2015 21:38 posted by Libby Wiers

    I'm with Amy. As I get braver, I'll come back to this. Seems like a nice, easy, step by step tutorial!! (New internet means I can finally watch the NAODS member videos without buffering, so I'm hoping for more PSE comfort going forward.)

  • Comment Link Amy Paegel Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:40 posted by Amy Paegel

    This is great! I'm glad it's here so I can look back at it when I need to!

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