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78 - How to create dripping paint ink effect in Photoshop


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Lesley Smith - 5 months ago

Where do you file the abr files when you've installed them?

Administrator Tayla Coman - 5 months ago

Hi Lesley, from what I can remember you can put them anywhere. It would probably be wise to have a dedicated folder for them, but Photoshop can load them from anywhere. I think deleting them will also remove them from Photoshop though.

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Hi there, this video is all about drippy brushes. We're going to show you how to download them, install them and getting them working. Then we're going to take our name and group it. Let's go and work out how to do that now in Photoshop. So first thing is we're going to make a new document, let's go to 'File', 'New'. I'm going to make mine 2000 pixels across and 1500 high. If you've been following along in this tutorial. you probably want to turn Artboards off now. We don't need them for this particular exercise. They just add a little extra complexity that we don't need. 
So to install other brushes there's-- the drips aren't built-in so we're going to learn two things. We're going to show you how to use the Drip Brush, but also how to go and find, and install brushes. So to do it you need to open up the 'Brushes Panel'. It’s under 'Window', go to 'Brushes'. So these are the ones that are installed in this particular version of Photoshop. Yours might be slightly different, you might have a future version but we've gone through the brushes and we haven't found the one we want. 
So there are two places to go. Photoshop themselves or Adobe themselves have an amazing amount of brushes you can install. So you go to this little flyout menu here, click on that. Go to the one that says 'Get more brushes', and this website will open. If you're like me, your internet's running super slow, so only half the images have loaded. But you get an idea of the different kinds of brushes. Some amazing ones, these are Kyle's ones, again, Kyle Webster. Such cool brushes. Ad you can download them. 
So this mega pack here is-- think all of them, it's like 400 megabytes, that's really big. So you could just decide on the ones you want, and download them individually. Now it doesn't matter whether you get them from here or you do a search through Google and say. 'Photoshop brushes', and go through the million and one blog posts showing you where to get them. Most of them are free, the really good ones aren't. And if you were like me, what you did is you used to go to Kyle's website and buy them. Now they're free as part of your Creative Cloud membership, which is super cool. 
Anyway you get them, they'll download. I've given you some in '14 Brushes' folder. Just a couple that I've downloaded, they were free ones. You can see, they've got the extension 'abr', Adobe brush. Now the easiest way to install them is just to have Photoshop open and double click on them. So I'll show you what happens in Photoshop, so there's these four groups here. You can go the long way and go to this option and say 'Import Brushes', doesn't matter I just prefer to double click on them. So let's double click on the 'Drip Brush'. And magically they appear in here, and you can see there's a bunch of drips. 
Now by default, yours are probably very small, and they're probably just long streaks. Those streaks are really hard to see what kind of brush they are. So you can change it in this little flyout menu here. Yours is probably set to Brush Stroke, which shows this kind of like line here. What I like to do is turn the Stroke 'off', and the Brush Tip 'on'. So that you can see them just as little brushes. I'm going to raise this little icon up so I can see them nice and big. And that's how to install the brush. 
First of all I'm going to color the background. So 'Background color', I'm going to use that peach that I've been using. I'm going to go to-- So I picked it as my foreground color, I'm going to 'Edit', 'Fill'. I'm going to fill with my foreground color. So my background is this. I'm going to make a new layer for that big green drip that we had. And I'm going to double click my foreground color and find that kind of smitty, greeny colour, a bit warmer. A bit warmer. That's kind of close, we might have to adjust that afterwards. 
So now I'm going to grab my 'Brush Tool'. Then I open up my Brushes panel. You can actually do it from up here now. You will see, there's the Special brushes and the Drips brush. You can either use this or this one over here, doesn't matter. I'm going to use the Drips brush and I'm going to pick on, not sure, scroll down. Can't remember which one I picked when I was doing it. That one there. Sample Brush 5. I've got my opacity and flow up to 100%. I'm going to click once. And there we got my Drip Brush. I'm going to undo, I'm going to make it a bit bigger. By a bit bigger, I mean colossal. because I want to color the whole background. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. 
Sometimes you just need to be back a bit further to see how big the brush is getting. That's good for me. You find some of these brushes aren't-- this one's quite opaque so you can see all the way through it. Let's try one of the other brushes in this one. See these ones are quite translucent, if I click once they're quite faded out. So you might have to click to build it up to the level that you want. I just keep clicking the mouse. So I'm going to go undo because I want that one back. Brush size is going again, can't remember how big I had it. Very big, 2,400. It will depend on the image that you-- the original size you made the document. And that's how to use Drip brushes. 
What I'm going to do now is add some text and mix it with some type. Nothing exciting is going to happen, I promise. So I'm going to type my name, Dan, it's on its own layer. I'm going to pick a font color. I'm just going to zoom now because I'm not doing anything exciting. Change the font size, 'Command T' on a Mac, 'Control T' on a PC. I want the drip kind of hanging over the D like you saw at the beginning. We'll do on its own layer. Should name it, but I'm being a rebel today. I'm going to grab my 'Brush Tool', I'm going to find a brush that works. 
Now don't think all Drip brushes are created equal. I found this one after a little bit of searching, but you might find a bunch of other ones that are just as good or better. I'm going to use this one here, it's quite cool. I'm going to pick an appropriate brush size. Get rid of him. Got my green. You can see-- I'll zoom in for you. So you can see I'm just kind of lining that up so it looks like it's kind of coming over the edge there. Now this one here needs like a couple of clicks to fill it up. Depending on the look, I'm going for this kind of very GIF style, super hard contrast colors thing. 
And that's it, you can keep adding drips to bits. You might add masks to certain parts to get rid of chunks you don't like. And what I'm going to do is, on my name I'm going to add a Drop Shadow. I don't know I feel like it needs it. It's probably a little bit too much, back it off, back you down. Kind of cool, click 'OK'. Drop Shadow's really done it, Dan. And that's going to be us. Let's get into the next video where I set a little bit of a project. I'll see you there.

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