The house that I’m buying has wonderful tiling in the kitchen and in the bathrooms. What makes the tiles so special is that they are tiny, opalescent squares that remind me of pixels. I love them. Now, the tiles in the photo above belong to George Lucas, at least to the women’s restroom at the Letterman Digital Center in the Presidio. I present them here because they’re just the right size for a short post about what you can do with the square brushes that come with Adobe Photoshop.
After the jump, I’ll show you how to install these square brushes, then I’ll show you how I use these brushes in lieu of the rectangle shapes I’ve shown before. When used as single impression “stamps”, these brushes can be used to create collage embellishments (i.e. Idea# 2 and 5). Or, you can use them as “roller brushes” to create rectangular shapes that mimic tape strips, photo borders, and even frames. And one more thing… you can follow my animated gif tutorial to create your own dancing tiles, as I did above.
Brush Location (Mac):
Applications >> Adobe Photoshop >> Presets >> Brushes
Brush Location (PC):
Program Files >> Adobe >> Photoshop >> Presets >> Brushes
- Open a document in Photoshop.
- Click Edit
- Select Preset Manager
- Choose the Brush preset type
- Click Load
- Navigate to the location noted above
- Click load and that’s it!
Installation Shortcut (works on a Mac):
Double click the Square ABR file.
By the way, my new kicks are really colorful and make me really happy. I think it’s because they remind me of the L.A. Gears I used to sport in grade school back in the ’80s. When I’m out walking the pups, I sometimes have to fight the urge to stare at my shoes. I know, I know — I’ve got a bad case of Shoe Love. :)