Julie Ann Shahin, FounderI would have to say that the reason I got into digital scrapbooking this spring is because I saw the fun things Keisha aka klcards was doing with her photos on her blog, that I just had to try adding brushwork to my own photos once I had Photoshop Elements.
Here I show you the steps that I go through when adding brushwork. In this tutorial I will use brushes that I downloaded for free from Cottage Arts. See Flourish Brush Freebie.
First, I open my photo which has been cropped to 5" x 5". This tutorial assumes you have installed the brushes at instructed by Cottage Arts.
Select your brush tool, then go to the drop-down menu to select "Cottage Arts Flourish Brushes."
The first brush I decide to use is #439. Be sure to have white selected as your foreground color.
Normally I apply my brushes in a new layer however I neglected to do that for this tutorial.
The reason you want your brushes applied to separate layers is that if you change your mind, you can easily change that layer instead of having to "undo" or you can save the image and still make changes later. Ideally you want to make a new layer with each new brush you use.
Next I want to rotate the brush, so I go to "More Options" on the right and click on the brush icon to get the pop-up dialogue box. I rotate the angle to 180 degrees.
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Next I adjust the size of the brush. Apply the brush to the upper left corner of the photo as shown.
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Use the "More Options" dialogue box to adjust the angle of the brush 20 degrees.
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You can save your photo now before going on to the next step. Be sure to save it as a different name than your original photo.
I will re-size the canvas by going to Image --> Resize --> Canvas Size
Here I change the canvas size to 5.25" x 5.25" to give me at .25" border all the way around. Choose the canvas extension color as white. Click "OK"
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