Photoshop brushes are like rubber stamps and roller brushes all in one. There are so many things you can do with the default round Photoshop brush! I have a bunch of brush-related tutorials scheduled to post in the near future, so I thought it would be great to review brush basics today…
Brushes as “Roller Brushes” (Solid or Dotted Lines)
Lines are easily made with brushes. Brush defaults have zero spacing between impressions. So, when Photoshop brushes are used as “roller brushes”, they create a continuous solid line. To created dotted lines, all we have to do is edit the amount of space between impressions. We edit this setting in the Brushes Palette (more examples and screencasts here).
Straight Line Tip
You can create a straight line in Photoshop by clicking your mouse once and then dragging it away from the starting point. To make perfect horizontal and vertical lines, hold down your SHIFT KEY while dragging.
Brushes as Single Impression “Rubber Stamps”
In this example, I’m going to show you how to create round labels for the numbers that you would use to enumerate items in your collages (see the original tutorial). Let’s begin by choosing the Brush Tool from the Tool Box. Then, select a round hard brush. Choose a color and an appropriate size relative to the elements in your collage. Then, go to your Layers Palette and create a new layer.