This time we are bringing you a lot of Photoshop tutorials on all sorts of topics. It’s meant to be a good collection for those who aren’t quite pro yet, but want to be. From making amazing business cards to bringing a stone statue to life, these take us through hours and hours of practicing those skills.
These tutorials are some of the best and varied out there. If you learn to master some of the techniques and tricks from these, you will be sure to land on your feet looking like a pro! But be aware that for most of these a basic+ understanding of Photoshop is required to be able to follow the steps. These are for those of you who know the basics and want to get a step further with your art and designs.
Add Fonts from Adobe Fonts
Adobe Fonts, which was recently rebranded from Adobe Typekit, is a collection of licensed fonts that’s included with every Adobe Creative Cloud plan. (This is probably how you are using Photoshop.)
Every Adobe Font can be used for personal or commercial use and there are thousands of fonts available in the collection. (They do change from time to time, so be aware that a font can disappear.)
Adding a font from Adobe Fonts is easy. While logged in to Photoshop, click the Add Fonts button in the Character Menu. Make sure you are logged in to Creative Cloud and then select the fonts you want to use.
Click the toggle button to active fonts and those typefaces will appear in Photoshop (and other Adobe software) for immediate use.
Note: Typekit is not dead. It’s just been rebranded as the type solution for web fonts from Adobe. Most designers are still using Adobe Fonts and Typekit interchangeably and you might still have a Typekit icon if you haven’t taken recent software updates.
How to Install Fonts on Mac
Mac OS has native support for Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts. Before installing a font, make sure to close all open applications.
- Locate the file you want to install. (Common files types for fonts include .TTF and.OTF.) Make sure the font file is unzipped.
- Option 1: Copy or move all the font files into following location. Fonts must be loose in the destination folder, not in a subfolder. For all computer users put the fonts in this destination: /Library/Fonts/. To install fonts for a single user: /Users//Library/Fonts/
- Option 2: Double click the font name. It will open in a new window in the Font Book application. Click install font.
You can find instructions for installing fonts to Photoshop from earlier versions of Mac OS here.
How to Install Fonts on Windows
Windows supports OpenType fonts, and PostScript Type 1, and TrueType. Before installing a font, make sure to close all open applications.
- Locate the file you want to install. Make sure the font file is unzipped. To install multiple files at once, control-click or shift-click all desired fonts.
- Right-click the single font or font group and choose Install.
You can find instructions for installing fonts to Photoshop from earlier versions of Windows here.
Click here or on one of the blue links below. Then, click on either of the Download GIMP buttons >> open the installer. When the download is complete, follow the step-by-step installation instructions.
Once you've installed and opened GIMP, you should check out the Help tab in the GNU Image Manipulation Program toolbar. From Help, find the User Manual, to assist you in using all of GIMP's many features.
Note: If you still need more help, check out this helpful YouTube video.
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Setup Your File
You all probably know that you can make a PS brush out of just about anything, so setting up your file correctly is key. Wether you are using a scanned image, a photograph, or whatever, you need to set up your Photoshop file in a way that will give you the best results for your brush.
It may be temping to have a file open and see something that you want to make a brush out of and do it on-the-fly within that file, but in order to make a brush knowing it is sized right, it's always a good idea to make a separate file to make your brush.
Setting Up The File:
You may not need a high resolution brush, but what if you need the same brush to be larger 6 months down the road? It's always a good idea to make your brush as large as possible in order to use it for other projects later. If you are in CS2 or 3, You can make your file 2500 X 2500px. If you are running a previous version of Photoshop, you will most likely be limited to 999px, if not less.
You can use a color image to define a brush, but you might find it easier to convert your document to Grayscale in order to get a better idea of what to expect. When defining a brush preset, Photoshop will automatically convert your selection to grayscale to make the brush. White pixels will become transparent (which means you don't have to erase the white/background pixels! Keep reading below for details), Black pixels will be opaque, and everything in between will be see-through black/gray.
The Secret About Brush Making
For the longest time I couldn't figure out how people made such detailed brushes, and I kept telling myself that it would take way too much time to clip out the intricate shapes. Well, there's a reason why even the novice Photoshopper can make amazingly detailed brushes. Like I said earlier, since Photoshop defines brushes based on a grayscale, there is no need to erase or clip anything! All you have to do is use the adjustments above (you may want to erase unwanted pixels here ands there) and everything that is 100% white disappears. White=Transparent, so put down that eraser or magic wand, and define your brush.