14 Tutorials for Creating Photoshop Brushes

by Steven Snell
on April 6, 2009

in Tutorials

The effective use of brushes is an essential skill for anyone who wants to be a skilled Photoshop designer. There are countless brush packs that you can download for free, and other that you can buy, but sometimes you will want to use a brush that doesn’t yet exist. In these situations you may want to make your own brushes.

Whether you want to learn more about creating brushes for your own use or for distribution, the tutorials featured in this post will give you the skills you need.

How to Create a Set of Photoshop Grunge Brushes

Veerle shows us a different approach to creating her grunge brushes. She first experiments on paper and then scans her work and creates the brush from there.

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25 Digital Painting Tutorials

by Steven Snell
on March 29, 2009

in Tutorials

There are currently two posts on this blog showcasing excellent work from various designers in the area of digital painting (40 Incredible Digital Painting Portraits and 40 Amazing Digital Painting Portraits – Part 2). If you have been inspired or intrigued by these images, today I’d like to feature 25 tutorials that will help to show how you can do this yourself.

Because of the detail and the amount of time that it can take to create on of these pieces, most of the tutorials are not step-by-step, showing you how to accomplish each little detail. Instead, they break down the process into a number of steps that is more attainable to follow in a tutorial.

Making of Yuka

Digital Painting Tutorial

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Ultimate Guide for Creating High Quality Textures

by Caleb Kimbrough
on February 15, 2009

in Tutorials

One of the biggest trends in web and graphic design in the past couple of years has been the use of textures in websites, print design, and everything in between. Textures help give designs a more “real world” feeling by incorporating surfaces that we are all familiar with.

The premise of a texture is pretty basic: it’s simply a photograph of one specific surface, whether it be wood, fabric, paper, or one of the millions of other textures out there.

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How to Easily Customize the WordPress Image Caption

by Steven Snell
on January 29, 2009

in Tutorials

A while ago WordPress added the ability to easily give captions to images within posts and pages. Most bloggers choose to style images in one way or another using CSS, and the caption provides an opportunity to for designers and bloggers to do some customization here.

When you’re inserting an image into a post or page you’ll see the options shown below, which include entering a caption. If you leave this field blank the caption coding will not be added, but if you fill it in the caption coding will be added.

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