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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to use textures to create visual interest, heighten realism, and add dimension to Photoshop artwork. The course demonstrates how to apply multiple filters and paint in effects with layer masks, combine textures with images using layer blending modes, use brushes to paint in and accentuate texture, and create brush presets by sampling textures from photographs. The course also shows how to automate the application of textures with actions.
Working with sample brushes is a great way to build texture in your documents and there are a great many of resources out there if we want to work with sample brushes. Of course, we will be creating our own, but before we get to do that I'd just like to point out some of the many, many places where you can get your own brushes. The first of these being the Adobe Marketplace and if you just type in Adobe Marketplace in your search engine, you'll find it and we want to come to the Photoshop Marketplace and once we're here we can scroll down and Browse by category.
We have a whole category of Brushes and many, many, many brushes to choose from. Most of them free. It might vary tremendously in quality, some are great, some are not so great, but definitely worth checking out. Another site among the many sites offering free Photoshop brushes, myphotoshopbrushes.com and they're even broken down by category. We would be interested for our purposes in these textures and there always that you can work with. So once you've downloaded these here is how you actually get to use them in Photoshop.
I've created my own brush set and I'm just going to run through how we actually load that brush set. So I'm in my Brush tool. I come up to choose my brush and then from the flyout menu here I can choose Load Brushes. I can either do it here, or I can go to the mission control for all of our presets and that's the Preset Manager, either or really. So if I got to the Preset Manager I can choose Load. Then I need to navigate to where the brushes are saved.
I've saved them in the Chapter 8 folder. Probably, you would keep them in the Presets folder which is in the Application folder and in the Brushes folder and there are the different brush sets that's come with Photoshop. But in this case it's in the Chapter 8 folder so I want to choose Load, just click on it right there, and there are some brushes that I've made and we're going to be recreating this. So that's how you can piggyback on the work of many, many other people who have created some great brushes and use them in your own work.
Now we're going to go on and see how we can create our own brushes.
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