Friday, September 19, 2008

CU Frayed Fabric Directional Brushes for Photoshop!

I am really jazzed about my new brush set. I was inspired by Gunhild Storeide who recently offered a frayed fabric template freebie. It is very cool, you can put your photo, patterned paper, etc. on the fabric and play with your blend modes to get the look you want. Soooo, I went to the craft store and found the cheapest scrap of fabric I could find that looked like it would fray real easily. I cut a few peices and frayed them and photographed them:













Then I extracted the fabric scraps from the background and recolored them black. I then created a brush preset from them and adjusted the settings to make them dynamic and to make it look like your paint strokes were frayed fabric. Here's a few examples of how they can be used:
One of the brushes that I used to stroke a path around a star shape



Star shape that I stroked a brush path around edge and applied one of my denim layer styles to






Same procedure as above with different brush in this set





Another brush that I used to border my page with denim layer style applied


Cool? I usually don't like to toot my own horn but I do think they turned out pretty slick. Again, I recommend placing your brush strokes on their own layer so you can easily apply layer styles or drop shadows, etc. to them. And I am not neglecting my non PS readers, I am working on an Ocean Pals template that I hope to have up tonight. Check in later! NOTE: I am having ISSUES with blogger today. It doesn't show that this post was posted yesterday but obviously it was. It is showing my bows that I posted today being posted yesterday. I keep getting ERROR when trying to post, Autosave is failing..... I know that a lot of you saw this post yesterday because there were downloads. However, DIGIfree did not pick me up on this or the shark template. I don't get it. UGH! And when I try to edit this post, the preview picture and links are not in it, so I have to go and add them again.... Ok, I just cleared my cache and deleted my cookies and it seems that autosave is working now... Here's the preview and links:




31 comments:

scangel said...

love your brushes but i use paint shop and not photoshop so brushes dont work for me. I cant find a turotial anywhere for changing the brushes to use in psp. oh well. funny i can open .psd files in psp, but not the .abr files. go figure.
but at least i get to use all of the great templates you make. love them all. thanks for the great shares here. check and read you blog at least every other day.

Brenda said...

These brushes look SO COOL!

I still can't believe you create all this stuff and just give it all away. :) Thank you SO MUCH.

Susan said...

Wow....you are so very creative wow, I am very impressed....

DeliciousScraps said...

Wow! these are beautiful and sooo useful!!! Thanks SO MUCH for all your freebies!

Hugs,
~Anna

addicted2scrappin said...

Love the brushes .. thanks for the awesome freebie.

Dol├ža said...

Great brushes! The effect is very realistic. Thank you so much for sharing.

M u s s said...

WOW WOW!!!
THese are so cool!
Thanks for sharing!!
{{{hugs}}}

Julie E. said...

Very cool. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Haven't used the brushes yet, but I'm sure they're just as amazing as your other stuff.

Connor was asking me just last night if he could do an animal so he might have an aquarium full for you by the end of the day.

Thanks again for all of your freebies, I don't know how you do this day after day. You definitely have more time and patience than I do!

~Lauren

Edna B said...

Thank you so much. These are great. Can't wait to play.

carolyn said...

These look so cool; I can't wait to try them out! Thank you so much!

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Sep [LA 12:09am, NY 02:09am, UK 07:09am, OZ 05:09pm] ).

Angela said...

looks like you had great fun - can I grab the pieces photos to make some brushes my software can use please?

Katie said...

Thank you soooo much! This is exactly what I have been looking for, for awhile now!

J said...

I want to tell you how much I love your directional brushes!!! I got the stitches the other day, and I'm getting these now, as I type. :) Please keep these type of brushes coming! I can't seem to get enough. LOL

Anne said...

Oh, these are awesome! Thank you so much for the brushes and the inspiration. :)

Best wishes from Germany,
Anne

Mags said...

I use PSP and I'm pretty sure I can import these just fine. Thanks so much!
:) Mags
magsgraphics.blogspot.com

txbubbles said...

Amazing brushes! Thanks so much!
Hugs,
Vicki in Texas

Valerian70 said...

For psp users you can download a free program called abrviewer to convert .abr brushes to .png and then you export them as brushes in psp. Bit long winded and you will loose the dynamics but certainly worth it for fabbo tools like this. I know that's what I'm going to do with them tonight, perfect for fraying a medal ribbon I'm working on.

Thanks for all you share, even if I don't comment on every item I download I do genuinely appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into these - not to mention TALENT!

Beth said...

These look like too much fun! Thanks so much!

Sandra said...

These are so awesome! I hope I can figure out how to use them. Do you plan on doing a tutorial for this one? Thanks so much and thank you for your little sea turtle too!

Cauleen said...

Thanks so much for the brushes! Just love your work.

twinsmom1 said...

OMG!!!!! I have wanted something like this for a while!! You are amazing woman!!!

Latte' Dah said...

Lovin this brush set :)

karent said...

Thank you so much for your great shares!

Lady Shannon said...

I would so love to use this with my PS7.0 but it wont let me open the file.....

LadyShannon

Magnolia said...

Wonderful brushes! Thank you so much for sharing.

Sarah G. said...

I know this is a year and a half late . . . but thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband saw Pearl Jam in concert last week and wanted me to do a "frayed flannel" page. Ugh! I found a flannel tartan on line but couldn't figure out how to get a realistic fray. Your brushes worked absolutely perfectly. Thanks again!

Rachel said...

Really cool brushes Deb!!

Pam said...

wow, these are super cool brushes! Thanks a million!

Paula said...

Thanks for this. I was about to make my own when I stumbled across your brushes. You just saved me loads of time. Appreciate it!