Yesterday after I dropped Briar off with her grandpa for the afternoon, I decided to take my oft-neglected car to the carwash and give it the proper treatment it deserves. I absolutely love the carwash; there’s something so satisfying about sitting inside with the windows up, cranking the radio, and watching those high-powered wipers blast your car into oblivion…all for only a few bucks! It’s the stuff of nightmares for my poor Briar, but for me? Dreamy. Anyways, once I was finished with the washing part (have I lost you yet?), I pulled over to the free vacuums and gave my car a SERIOUS interior cleaning and it felt SO GOOD. I haven’t vacuumed that puppy in maybe a year (?!), so once I drove off with a super-clean car, I felt like I could conquer the world! Or, at least come up with a fun tutorial for a blog post.
So I decided that today I would share how to use digital brushes to create journaling cards. Coming from a graphic design background and using Photoshop on the daily, I often forget how I take my basic knowledge for granted, so I am breaking it down into bite-size pieces today for anyone who is just getting started. I totally understand how digital brushes may sound super intimidating, but I promise they are a lifesaver once you get the hang of them!
Here’s how to create journaling cards in Photoshop using my Summer Fun digital brushes:
CARD NO. ONE:
1. Open a new document with your desired size. For this first card, I sized it at 3 x 4.” Next I grabbed the Paint Bucket Tool and applied yellow to the whole card.
2. Pick another color to create a gradient effect (I went with a complementary aqua shade).
3. Click on the half-circle in the bottom of your Layers palette and choose “Gradient.” Cool, huh?
4. Once the gradient is applied, be sure to Flatten Image to merge everything back on to a single layer.
5. Next, choose a few brushes to add to your card. For this particular one, I chose the heart and the “pool party.” Then I added a new layer of text below. Once this was completed to my liking, I went back up to Layer and chose Flatten Image again.
CARD NO. TWO:
1. Open a new document and choose a size for your card. This time I went with 4 x 6.” Next, I used the Paint Bucket Tool again to add a pink background to the card.
2. Repeating the same steps as I did with the first card, I created a pink + yellow gradient.
3. Once the image was flattened, I grabbed the swan icon from the set of brushes and created a loose pattern on the left side of the card.
4. Once I had both cards designed in separate files, I brought them onto the same document (8.5 x 11″) and combined them with photos so I could print everything on a single page. After I aligned all the cards and images to my liking, I clicked Flatten Image again and sent them to my printer.
Here’s what the sheet looked like after it was printed and before I cut it up.
And here’s how I incorporated my card designs into a page in my 2016 album! I hope this inspires you to try something new with digital brushes!
P.S. Summer Fun digital brushes can be found here!