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Tutorial | Create an Element and Cluster with Brushes

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Creative Team Member, Linda, shares how she layered brushes to create an element and build a cluster to anchor the title in Adobe Photoshop.

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1. Choose a Pictorial Brush. For this layout, I chose Brush 6 from SnapShot No. 1 to compliment my layout’s theme, the studio of an early 20th century photographer. I stamped Brush 6 on a new blank layer just below my title and added a drop shadow to the layer.

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2. Add Stitching and Text Brushes. To create dimension so that the camera brush looked more like an element, I stamped Brush 7 from UrbanStitchez Misc No. 1 and Brush 7 from UrbanStitchez No. 9 on new blank layers above Brush 6 from Snapshot No. 1. Below that layer, I began creating a foundation by stamping Brush 7 from SubtleQuotes Travel No. 1 on a new blank layer.

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3. Add Ribbon and Stamps. I extracted a ribbon from the banner in ArtPlay Palette Old World using the Quick Selection Tool. I placed the ribbon above a leg of the brush from SnapShot No. 1 and gave it a drop shadow. I arranged three copies of a postage stamp from ArtPlay Palette SnapShot above the SubtleQuotes Brush layer and gave each stamp a drop shadow. Note: Initially I used the ribbon as provided in ArtPlay Palette Old World. But after reading Adryane’s tutorial on aging elements, I reopened this file and aged my ribbon with Dripped Stains No. 5 per the instructions in Adryane’s tutorial.

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4. Create a Foundation for the Element. Finally, I created a foundation for the camera element that I created with brushes in order to anchor it to my page. I could have stamped additional brushes to create a foundation, but instead I made it easy for myself by simply placing Stains, Paint, Color and Text Transfer layers from Transfer 2 from Artsy Transfers Old World below the postage stamps from ArtPlay Palette SnapShot. I placed an ArtStroke from Transfer 5 from Artsy Transfers Old World  above Snapshot Brush 6 but below the title to visually link my brush layers and title together.

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Layering brushes to create an element or cluster also helped balance the weight of the focal photo on my finished page.

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