Photoshop brushes add the AWESOME to digital artistry and scrapbooking.

There are so many different ways you can use brushes to make the magic happen in your layouts, and I’ve developed this new workshop, to show you exactly how.

Step-by-step guidance to instilling confidence, and adding incrementally and logically to build a strong foundation, is how the work gets done at Anna Aspnes Designs.

If you’ve got the basics down and want to elevate your skills using some of my brushes techniques in Adobe Photoshop…

Then dvanced Brushes for Photoshop is definitely for YOU.

aAdvanded Brushes is for photo enthusiasts, scrapbookers and digital artists looking to boost skill and creative flair in the realm of  Adobe Photoshop Brushes.

Based on feedback and experience of what works best, I’m going to adopt a slightly different format for this workshop.

The content will be delivered in 4 X PRE-RECORDED SESSIONS over the course of 4 weeks to ensure best quality in delivery and viewing.

BUT, each of these weekly sessions will be followed-up ONE WEEK LATER by a 30 minute LIVE SESSION so that you can you to connect with me, get answers to your questions and have clarification on course content.

This approach enables me to add a highlighter to my cursor for easier viewing and break the videos down into smaller sessions, yet you are still able to leverage the LIVE advantage, should you choose to do so.

Note the length of each PRE-RECORDED SESSION is expected to be approximately 60-90 minutes.

aAdvanced Brushes in Photoshop

Week 1. An Aficionado’s Toolbox

We will gloss over the basics, just to make sure you’re not missing anything, and cover all the ‘Nitty-Gritty Good Stuff’ pertaining to Brushes i.e. The bits and pieces that you might not know.

Then we’ll move on quickly to taking a detailed look at how to use Brushes via the Brushes Options Bar, Brush Panel and Brush Preset Window.

You will learn:

  • How to make key Preference changes beneficial to using brushes and customize your viewing options.
  • All the tools and how to use them in the Brushes Options Bar.
  • Useful shortcuts and keystrokes needed to speed up your artistry process.
  • Difference between Opacity and Flow
  • Using Blending Modes with Brushes
  • Understand how to access and use all tools in the Brush Panel and Brush Preset Window.
  • Add characteristic behaviors to brushes to create presets such as creating randomness in terms of shape, color, dispersion and number.
  • Add texture to your brushes via Patterns and learn how to create your own patterns.
  • Mix 2 colors, or 2 different brushes, to create an altered imprint.
  • Apply Opacity to brushes through Transfer.
  • Take advantage of Pen Pressure if you use a Pen/Tablet.

Week 2. The Big Picture View

This week is all about understanding brushes in terms of the ‘Big Picture View’ of using brushes in Photoshop – The ways you can use them to impact your artistry and how they transcend to use to other tools in Photoshop.

You will learn:

  • Choices for saving Brush Presets for future use.
  • Difference between Tool and BrushSets and when to use them.
  • A variety of techniques for creating custom brushes*
  • Best practices for creating your own brushes in Photoshop.
  • Using brushes with other Photoshop tool, such as the Eraser, Clone and Smudge tools.
  • Saving a Brushes work space.
  • An introduction to the Mixer Brush.

*Please note that I will be sharing some of the techniques I use to create brushes, but I will not be showing you exactly how I create the brushes at Anna Aspnes Designs.

Week 3 and 4. Master Artsy with Brushes

In sessions 3 and 4, we’ll create 2 different layouts (DigitalART supplies included) using everything we’ve learned in sessions 1 and 2.

I have identified at least 14 different artsy ways to use brushes in your layouts. 

In each of these 2 weeks, we’ll create a different layout from start to finish showcasing at least 7 techniques. Breaking the content into 2 sessions will ensure assimilation of information, avoid brain-overload and provide opportunity for repetition which always enhances the learning experience.

You will learn the following techniques:

  • Create Custom Lines/ArtStrokes
  • Make your own Scattering Brushes
  • Achieve Artsy and Seamless Blending
  • Create your own Drawing tools and Sketches
  • Enhance your Illustrations through Tracing
  • Modification of Brushes
  • Build Custom Clipping Masks
  • Add Texture to your Composites
  • Brush Placement (Design Principles)
  • Using Brushes with Paths
  • Lighting Effects with Brushes
  • Colorize with Brushes
  • Brushes and the Clipping Mask Function
  • Create a Dispersion Effect

As usual this workshop is jam-packed full of content and is provide a balance of theory and technique in a project based approach.

If you’ve attended any of my previous classes, you’ll know that I over-deliver and stay longer than I promise. I’m committed to the teaching process and making the magic happen for YOU.

So what do you think?


Each session includes:

  • 4 Pre-recorded sessions at least 60-90 minutes of teaching
  • 4 LIVE 30 minute online interactive classroom environment sessions via Go To Meeting/Webinar*
  • Ability to ask questions via Chatbox or Microphone.
  • In depth written course content in .pdf format accompanying each session (excluding LIVE sessions)
  • 4 LIVE session replay for each session delivered in .MP4 format
  • Both layered .psd files created in sessions 3 and 4, including all  DigitalART supplies
  • You will be notified of new materials via email and will be able to download for Dropbox.
  • Materials will remain available on Dropbox for at least 6 months.
  • Optional class participation – YOU + ME = ART

* Follow-up LIVE sessions will be scheduled one week after the delivery of pre-recorded course content for each session. You will receive a link to download the first videos and materials for Session #1 on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

LIVE meets Self-Paced Advantage. Pre-recorded session provide a better quality video in terms of sound, clarity of the techniques being demonstrated and length of each section, while the virtual online classroom provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and connect with me LIVE via the chat box feature. The beauty of this connection enables you to get more information and clarification on the techniques that are pressing for you at the end of the session

Unable to attend a LIVE session?  No problem. You can send me any questions or layouts prior to each LIVE session. All sessions are recorded and will be delivered to your inbox shortly after class to provide endless viewing at your own convenience.

Private Facebook/Group. You will have private access to one or both of the Advanced Brushes Groups. I am acutely aware that some students are not comfortable using the Facebook platform and am currently testing Cluster as a viable alternative.

Software Requirements. Note that this workshop is available in Adobe Photoshop only as the majority of the tools as the majority of technique cannot be supported in Adobe Photoshop Elements. I apologize for the inconvenience.

A Note For Elements Users. Click here to register for the Photoshop Elements stream of the workshop.

Got a question? Email me.

  • Week 1. An Aficionado's ToolBox
    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (MDT)
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 2. The Big Picture View
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (MDT)
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 3. Master Artsy with Brushes - Layout 1
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (MDT)
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 4. Master Artsy with Brushes - Layout 2
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (MDT)
    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm