Brush Basics

Have you seen the free digital kit we featured in the October issue? Contributing Editor Erica Hernandez designed it, and included a variety of patterned papers and fun digital elements.


Some of the elements are provided as brush files (which end in .ABR). When I first started dabbling in digital scrapbooking, I was really intimidated by the idea of using brushes, but once you dive in they are really easy to use!

Here’s how to load brushes (in Adobe Photoshop–the steps will be slightly different depending on which image-editing software you use).

WEBloadbrush11. From the Brush drop-down menu, select Load Brushes and navigate to the .ABR file you would like to load.

WEBloadbrush22. Select the brush you would like to use, and stamp it on your canvas.

The first time I used a brush, it took me ages to figure out how to load them. Now it seems really simple. Have you ever experienced that with a scrapbooking technique (either digital or traditional)?

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