Monday, September 7, 2009

My First Photoshop Background!!!

OK, that's really a little white lie.....It's really my third. But the first two were so Darn Ugly I had to delete them. They are only an ugly memory now. As are the clumps of hair I tore out trying to figure out what the hell I was doing. That's ok, though, more hair will pop up on my chin to replace it, darn it....teehee. Anyway, here it is in all it's humble glory.

What I have finally understood is that Photoshop brushes are not really "brushes" at all. That confused the hell out of me. I was thinking of traditional artists brushes. They are actually shapes, textures, patterns. Gail at Creative Workshops has opened my eyes to The Truth!! She also sent me to Obsidian Dawn, where I proceeded to download textures, swirls, grunge, lace, glitter, nature, handwriting and more brushes. (If you download READ the Terms Of Use and BEHAVE Accordingly!!) I think of them more like virtual Rubber Stamps, cuz that's what I feel like I am doing!! There are so many filters and gradient options, I am Addicted with a Capital A! It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to unzip and add the brush files to my Photoshop program. I probably shouldn't admit that, but we're all friends here, right?? On another note, did you realize that even FONTS you download have Terms of Use? Careful, kids, some are not for commercial use, or offer commercial use for donations or a set fee. Egads, who can keep up??? Well, that's all I have to show for about 2 hours worth of trial and error. Thank Goodness, work closed at 6 today. Aren't I lucky that on Labor Day I only had to labor for 9 hours instead of the usual 10 1/2? And yes, that was sarcasm. Hope your Labor Day, lacked well, Labor!!! xoSusan


  1. Ok you are scaring me.. I am thinking about photoshop and I am a computer dummy.. I love your background..

  2. Well, I'm impressed! You should've seen MY first efforts!!! Good for you! And thank for the link to Obsidian Dawn, AND for warning people about usage rights, etc. Can't wait to see more PS efforts! Hugs, Terri

  3. Dear So-funny Susan,
    I just typed a whole big text in this box - then poof it vanished when I didn't enter the verification? I don't know but anyway...... here I go again haha

    I love your background - and I pissed myself laughing at your post. I had the same experience when I first started PS... in fact, it probably took me 2 hours just to FIND the friggin brushes I downloaded...... then I had to figure out how to 'load' them.... fun huh.
    Keep at it, its' great. I just get confused by all the copyright rules, and because I sell some art cards on my etsy, i don't want to get into trouble - so give me paint and paper it's easier sometimes LOL
    The site you linked, seems very fair with their rules though - so who knows I might get creatively digital again soon.
    Thank you so much for your post again, It warms my heavy laden soul :( God I'm sounding morbid.... LOL
    I'm hanging in here, not been too happy lately - but you get that with all the crap I've been putting up with/going through, etc etc.,
    Sending you big hugs - think of you often my far away friend xoxox