Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Denise Gormish

If you love the ease and versatility of rubber stamps, you'll love the Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop. The Brush Tool allows you to stamp a digital graphic (words or images) on to a canvas. You can make the stamp in a variety of sizes and colors for even more versatility.

Download and Load Brushes. To access graphic brushes you need to download and then load them into Photoshop. Many digital scrapbook websites have brushes as either a freebie or for sale. Download one to your computer. The brush will be an .abr file. Load it into your Photoshop software. There are two ways to load brushes. One way to load a brush is to go to the Brushes Palette in Adobe Photoshop and click the down-pointing triangle next to "Brushes" to open the brushes. Click on the fly-out menu on the right and choose "Load Brushes."  Locate the file on your computer and select "Load." The brushes will now be added to the Brushes Palette. Another way to load a brush is to add it to your Adobe Photoshop presets/brushes on your computer. It will show as an individual brush set on the fly-out menu from the Brushes Palette in Photoshop.

Choose a Brush. Select the Brush Tool. From the bar menu at the top click the down-pointing triangle next to "Brushes" to open the brushes. Click on the fly-out menu on the right and select the brush.

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Click on one of the brushes below to select it for use.

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If the brush you wish to use is not there, then click on the fly-out menu. Select a brush from the list. When asked to replace the brush, click "OK." Go back to the list of brushes. It will now show the brushes you selected.  Select one for use.

Basic Stamping. After selecting the brush, it will appear, showing the outline of the graphic stamp. Click the canvas where you want the image to appear and your graphic image will appear on the canvas. If you click in the incorrect location you can either move it with the Move Tool or do Edit--Undo Brush Tool.

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Stamping in Color. The color stamped will be the foreground color. To change the color, change the foreground color.

Stamping a Transparency. Changing the opacity will change the transparency of what you are stamping. A lower opacity will produce more transparency.

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Stamping a Different Size. Adjust the size of the brush by changing the diameter. From the bar menu at the top click the down-pointing triangle next to "Brushes" to open the brushes.  Change the diameter in the brush window where it says " Master Diameter."

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Use digital brushes and stamps to create lots of effects on digital and hybrid projects. Add word art, images, shapes, date stamps, etc. for a unique effect.

Examples in this article are Fabulous Fall Flourishes Brushes-n-Stamps by Katie Pertiet and Loving Life Word Art by Ali Edwards, designerdigitals.com

 

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