Lately I have developed a deep and twisted love for Photoshop brush sets. They are a great way of quickly and easily adding texture and depth to designs and their usage can be seen constantly on the web.
I think texture and depth are particularly important in web design. Graphic designers get the texture and feel in the material they print on and often flat colours seem to work better in graphic design as lighting and texture come naturally. I think web designers often need to use allot of gradients and layering things up to give depth and makes things tactile, authentic.
This is where Photoshop brushes come into their own. You can of course build things up with images but brushes give a quick and fluid advantage where you can just stamp texture onto the mask of the layer or create imagery when you can’t find the right royalty free image.
Here are some recent examples I’ve seen Photoshop brushes used:
Adding Photoshop brushes is easy. Once you’ve downloaded some, all you have to do is open your brush pallette (F5), click on the little arrow top right and then click on ‘Load Brushes’, the new brushes will then be appended to your list.
Here is a great site for free brush downloads – http://www.brusheezy.com/.
I’ve also made my own brush set, you can download it here: http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/639-Rough-Edges