I recently got to thinking about creating some pixel-inspired blog section dividers and borders that would be radically different from the heavy lines I’ve been using. I have a thing for pixels. If you string a few pixels together in a single pattern and then repeat that pattern over and over, you can get something really fun! Initially, I was going to create the graphic borders and dividers only as images with transparent backgrounds. But, as I was building the images one pixel at a time, I thought that a pixel brush, which could be used as a rubber stamp or roller brush, would be nice to have, too. You can create borders of any color and length quite easily with brushes. By the time I finished, I had created over 50 pixel brushes and you can see examples of how they can be used as photo accents or ornaments in the animated gif above.
Members can download the brushes at the bottom of this post. If you’re not a member, no worries — I have a couple of sample brushes that you can try out, and next time, I’ll show you how easy it is to make pixel brushes by walking you through the steps of creating the pinking shear pixel brush pattern. Stay tuned!
Pixel Brush Best Practices
- Keep default brush size — please don’t resize.
- When used as a “roller brush”, pixel brushes look best when the lines are drawn perfectly straight. (Tip: Press the shift key while “rolling”.)
- Review brush basics here (with installation instructions).
photoshop basics: brushes (tutorial)
watermark fonts (fab fonts)
dotted lines (photoshop tutorial)
animated gifs (photoshop tutorial)
ombre effects (photoshop tutorial)
basic rectangle shapes (photoshop tutorial)
things to do with boring nature photos (photoshop tutorial)