How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes to Add Texture to Your Work

by Dustin Lee August 04, 2015

One of the most common questions I get asked is how I use brushes in Photoshop.

Specifically, what techniques do I use to add rich and subtle textures to my work. In this video tutorial I'll show you step-by-step how I use subtle Photoshop brushes in my work.

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Dustin Lee
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Dustin Lee
Dustin Lee

September 11, 2015

Thanks, Thad, John, Carlos, Fredrik, Vasil, Marianne and Yowza for the kind words!

Dustin Lee
Dustin Lee

September 11, 2015

Great point, Su. It’s totally unnecessary to rasterize the type before masking it. I believe I did it out of habit. Often I do tasks that require a rasterized image at some point. Just a bad habit I need to break I suppose. Thanks for the insightful question.

Marianne
Marianne

September 11, 2015

Thanks for this. Very helpful.

Tom leparskas
Tom leparskas

August 05, 2015

Su had a great question – hope you can answer it Dustin. It had me thinking.

Carlos
Carlos

August 05, 2015

Nice – Thank you

John
John

August 05, 2015

You nailed it again, Dustin! A fab tutorial to showcase your fantastic products! You show how effortless it can be to create some truly beautiful work! Thanks as always!

Thad Cox
Thad Cox

August 05, 2015

Another great tutorial. Love the balance between simple explanation and the insider knowledge. The layering of textures to add depth is a game changer!

Yowza!
Yowza!

August 05, 2015

Great tutorial! Thanx, Dustin!

Vasile
Vasile

August 05, 2015

Thank you for these great tips. Your custom brushes are so damn good.

Fredrik
Fredrik

August 05, 2015

Great tutorial! Easy to follow and straight to the point. I learned a lot!
Thanks :o)
Fred

Su Hall
Su Hall

August 04, 2015

Very good tutorial! I learned a few new tricks! Thank you!
I wonder, if I may? Why did you rasterize the text layers before adding the mask? Personally, I would prefer to keep my text editable, but, you may have a reason I don’t know. If I am going to apply any effects to text, I turn my text layer into a smart object, then, go to town on it. But, if you are adding a mask, I don’t see why you would need to rasterize.
I’m self-taught and ’don’t know’ more than I ‘know’, so, I ask. I learn a lot that way!
I really love your tutorials. I guess because I love the look of Retro! LOL
Su

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