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Vine and Swirl Brushes in Photoshop

    ● Download and install these brushes to spice up your work.

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  •   This tutorial is part of the Photoshop Portrait Project.

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Step #1: Open Your Project in Photoshop ~



    ●   If you are working on the
open that

in Photoshop






● OR, if you are working on the

Photoshop Portrait Project

open that ...

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #2: Make a New Layer ~

Go to: Layer > New > Layer

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +N

cmd key + shift key + n kye

… and hit OK.

Step #3: Drag the Layer Below ~

Drag the new layer below your existing layers:

Step #4: Download These PhotoShop Brushes ~

Right-Click this => Vines-and-Swirl-Brushes and hit "Save Link as …"

… and save the file to your Destop.

Step #5: Expand ~

Go to your Desktop expand the file it by Double-Clicking it (the file is "zipped").


Step #6: Brushes ~

Now, click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …


…click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …

… click on the little image in the upper right and click on Load Brushes.

Find the EXPANDED file and install it …

Step #7: Scroll Lower Brushes ~

Scroll to bottom of the brushes and pick one:

Step #8: Adjust the Brush ~

You may need to raise or lower the Brush Size (if necessary) …

… change the color (if necessary) …

… and paint.

Step #9: Make ANOTHER New Layer ~

Create another New Layer by hitting Cmd(⌘)+Shift+N

… paint another shape with the brush, then hit: Cmd (⌘)+T and rotate.

Step #10: Blending Mode ~

Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …







Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …


If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.


Blending Modes are awesome!

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as -]

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.