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This is a blog post I wrote back in 2012, and decided to share it with you.

 

Mac in art: Creating Photoshop Brushes using Adobe Illustrator Objects

Creating Photoshop Brushes using Adobe Illustrator Objects

 

Creating Photoshop Brushes with Illustrator Shapes. Easy. Seamless workflow. Great results!
In this sample I am using stars, circles and lines.
You can use any shape desired to achieve the look you want to get.

 

1. With the Ellipse tool selected, create a perfect circle (best to draw from center: hold down the option/alt and shift key). From the view menu bar: guides: make guides. Lock the guide.

Guide from an object (you can make a guide from any object in Illustrator)

2. With the Star tool selected, create a star, and snap it to the guide (View: Snap to Guide)

    With the Rotate tool selected (from the tool box) hold down the Option/alt key and click

 

    on the center of the guide. 36° and click copy. Make sure your preview is on!

 

 

Stars around the guide
3. Once one star is copied, go to the Object menu bar: Transform: Transform again (command/Control D). Repeat to create a complete circle of stars.

 

Circle of stars
4. Repeating the same commands, create a line and rotate in to the center of the guide.
Lines rotated in 36°
5. Repeating the same commands, create a circle on top of the line and rotate it again 36°.

   With the Circle selected, choose the Scale tool from the tool box to scale the group of the small

   circles to the center of the guide, and use the Transform again command to scale the group of   the small circle to the center of the guide 80% each time.  

 

   6. Go to the View menu: Guides: hide or clear guides.

Final shape
7. Select the final shape: Object: Group  (Command/Control G). Edit Copy (Command/Control C).

8. In Photoshop: Create a new document 72 DPI. White Background. Edit menu bar: Paste (command/Control V) Select the Path in the dialog box.

9. the path is loaded to the selected Background. In the path Panel save the path.

(give it a name in case you want to bring another path to the same file -only one work path per file)

Path from Illustrator
10. Now the fun starts! Add a new empty layer and name it: Brush practice.

     Make sure that the path is loaded to the new layer. With the brush tool selected choose a brush

     stroke the path. (Best to choose first the brush and than go to the stroke path command) .    

    stroke the path. (Best to choose first the brush and than go to the stroke path command)

     Make sure the foreground color is black: Select the Path with the path selection tool.

     Go to Path: Stroke Selection. Experiment with the brush size.

 

 

Brush size, stroke path command
11. Select the outer Stars and play with the Brush size to stoke it. Select the rest of the shapes and

      stroke it with a smaller brush size.

 

Path is stroked with 2 or 3 different sizes of brush
12. Load the selection of the stroked layer (Select load Selection or Command/Control Click on
      the layer thumbnail to load the selection. Edit: Define Brush Preset and give it name.

     

Saving the brush

 

13. Now the fun begins! Create a new layer and start testing the brush you created!

 

Drawing with the new brush

14. Working on the brush variations. Changing the size on the  spacing in the main brush dialog

      box, finding the space and size needed for the design.

 

Spacing preview

 

15. Changing the Shape Dynamic controls, playing with the direction of the brush - make sure

      you see the preview of the brush. Choose a color for the Foreground and Background.

      In the Brush control - adjust the color dynamic controls. Work with the saturation and

      the brightness Jitter. You can introduce more colors to the brush if you change the amount

      of the Hue slider. Play with the Purity slider to achieve pure colors or gray scale.

      Explore!

16. With the brush tool, explore the brush strokes and the colors. Add effects to the brush.

      Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss to create any metal look! (gold, copper, silver).

      Adding different effects will effect the brush look as well. Save the brush preset.


 

 

Final Brushes! Keep playing and exploring!

 

 

Whenever I show my friends and peers something I create with Adobe Spark I get the same questions.
  • Why do I like Adobe Spark?
  • When do I use it?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • How do I share My story

 

I like Adobe Spark because it is user-friendly and I can create a Page, a Post or a Video from anywhere. Since it is a web-based application I can create on any device from anywhere.   I use it to promote my work, to write tutorials as well as social media.  And yes it is user-friendly!
I would like to share my recent Adobe Spark Story.

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My friend Yael decided to open a Pop-up home restaurant at her place. She is an amazing cook and wanted to share her creativity with others while creating dinner parties at her house twice a week. Some kind of culinary and cultural experience. Bringing people together to enjoy good food around the table "family style."

 

She is not into social media.  She does not use Instagram or Twitter.  She has a Facebook page but barely visits it. Overall she is not media-savvy.  Friends suggested a Website but she does not have the budget.
I suggested an Adobe Spark Page that will describe her passion for food, will tell the story of her new adventure, and feature food images.... We uploaded the page last week on her Facebook and sent to other friends as well. We asked them to share.
I tweeted the link. I shared it on Instagram!  Within one week she received reservations for 3 dinner parties!

 

I call it a success! 

 

 

Check out the spark Page:

Yael's Table

 

Spark your ideas and share it!

Have a Sparky Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been asking for a new brushes management for a while!
Guess what it is happening in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and it is great and exciting!

Make the workflow with brushes easy and organized. No more brushes all over the place with names that do not relate to the project!

 

With the new Brushes and Brushes Preset you can do the following:

 

STREAMLINED BRUSH MANAGEMENT:

  • Organize brush presets into folders—including nested folders.
  • Any brush-enabled tool preset can be converted into a brush preset; all of its attributes—such as opacity, flow, and blending mode—are preserved.
  • In the Brushes panel flyout menu, easily toggle between the different views to see any combination of the brush name, brush stroke preview, and brush tip
  • View more brushes in the same screen space using the zoom slider.
  • Drag and drop brush presets to reorder them conveniently.
  • Collapse or expand folders to see only the brushes you need.
  • Use the Show Additional Preset Info option in the flyout menu to see the associated preset tool (for example, Eraser) and any included colors.

IMPORT BRUSHES AND BRUSH PACKS

 

  • You can import a wide variety of free and purchased brushes—for example, Kyle's Photoshop brush packs—into Photoshop.
  • In the Brushes panel, from the flyout menu, choose Get More Brushes. Alternatively, right-click a brush listed in the Brushes panel and select Get More Brushes from the contextual menu.
  • Download a brush pack. For example, download Kyle's "WaterColor".
  • With Photoshop running, double-click the downloaded ABR file.
  • The brushes you added are now displayed in the Brushes panel.

STROKE SMOOTHING

  • Photoshop can now perform intelligent smoothing on your brush strokes. Enter a value (0-100) for Smoothing in the Options bar when you're working with one of the following tools: Brush, Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser. A value of 0 is the same as legacy smoothing in earlier versions of Photoshop. Higher values apply increasing amounts of intelligent smoothing to your strokes.
  • Stroke smoothing works in several modes. Clicking the gear icon to enable one or more of the following modes:
  • Pulled String Mode: Paints only when the string is taut. Cursor movements within the smoothing radius leave no mark.
  • Stroke Catch Up: Allows the paint to continue catching up with your cursor while you've paused the stroke. Disabling this mode stops paint application as soon as the cursor movement stops.
  • Catch-Up On Stroke End: Completes the stroke from the last paint position to the point where you released the mouse/stylus control.
  • Adjust For Zoom: Prevents jittery strokes by adjusting smoothing. Decreases smoothing when you zoom in the document; increases smoothing when you zoom out.

While using stroke smoothing, you may choose to view the brush leash, which connects the current paint location with the present cursor position. Select Preferences > Cursors > Show Brush Leash While Smoothing. You can also specify a color for the brush leash.

For complete information checkout my Spark Page (includes at the end a glossary on brushes as well).

https://spark.adobe.com/page/H3AdNQ27bVSss/

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Brushes are a great way to enhance your Adobe Illustrator creative work.

You can go a long way with Illustrator's basic tools, draw wit the pen or curvature tool. Use the width tool to change the profile of your stroke and so on.  But with the right set of brushes – and the flexible way in which Illustrator allows them to be used on vector shapes – you can quickly and easily add texture and character to any piece of work. Brushes are also part of your Appearance and as such you can save Graphics Style using brushes.


In this Adobe spark Presentation I go over how to use Adobe Illustrator brushes as well as drawing with the Blob brush tool

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

https://spark.adobe.com/page/d4XhyajktTb0h/

As a fine artist and a designer visuals are very important to me. Using Adobe Spark enables me to create visual

stories on any device without any knowledge of animation, transitions or HTML.

I use Adobe Page in my classroom to deliver a tutorials. At my design studio to tell a story or create an

immediate portfolio. I am able to create and deliver engaging presentations and share creative ideas across

different devices and social media simply with a link.

 

In the following link I am sharing an extraordinary story about Charlotte Salomon. An artist that was born in

Berlin in 1917 and died in Auschwitz in 1943. Her story is unique. She did not survive the war but her art did.

“Life or Theatre” is a unique achievement of art and literature. No one who enters into Charlotte Salomon’s

world will ever forget it. The survival of Charlotte’s art transcends her own death in the gas chamber.

 

Here is Charlotte Salomon story:

 

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Charlotte Salomon

 

Here is a link to Adobe Spark insiders Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/adobesparkinsiders/