So, when I made the jump from Paint Shop Pro to Photoshop 7 a million years ago, I seriously had no idea how to do anything.
I knew Photoshop was supposedly awesome, and that it could do all of these fancy tricks and things, but I had no idea where to start. When you first open Photoshop, it’s intimidating to say the least – and back before all of those super helpful Photoshop tutorial websites existed, I actually didn’t know where to start.
The other day I thought it would be cool to make a simple tutorial series for beginner Photoshop troubles – and I wanted to make it like, really, really seriously simple.
Here’s the first tutorial – if you want to see anything specific, leave a comment below!
01/ First, we gotta find a good brush to install! I included a list of my favs at the very bottom of this post, but for the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll be using this brush set.
02/ Once your file downloads, navigate to its new location on your harddrive. I use Firefox and let all of my files automatically download to my “Downloads” folder, so that’s where mine is located.
If your file didn’t download to your Downloads folder, check your Desktop.
03/ Once you’ve located where you file downloaded to, highlight it, and then right click and copy. You can also drag and drop your file to the next step instead of copy and pasting.
04/ After copying your file, it’s time to paste it in its permanent location.
For Macs, navigate to the following folder: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Brushes
On Windows, navigate to this folder instead: C:/Users//AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Brushes
05/ Once you’ve navigated to the correct folder, highlight it, right click, and paste the file!
06/ That’s pretty much it as far as file handling goes! If you want to rename your brush to something you’ll better remember, you can go ahead and do that now as well.
07/ Now let’s open up Photoshop, and load our brush so we can use it. First, click the brush options tool button – it looks like a gear, and it’s located on the right side of the drop down brush menu.
08/ If Photoshop was closed when you pasted your new brush file into the brush folder, you can skip this step and just choose your new brush file from the drop down instead.
If Photoshop was open in the background while you downloaded your new brush, don’t forget this step!
Choose the load brushes option to add your new file.
09/ After locating your file in the folder that opens, double click the file name to automatically install the brush set to Photoshop.
10/ Ta-dow! That’s it, your brush set should be loaded and ready to go.
I’m going to be totally honest here: I’m exhausted!
On Tuesday I started a brand new job, working for one of those companies that you pretty much dream about working for. Between that, wrapping up my semester at school, and trying to keep on top of my emails, I’m seriously looking forward to getting some one on one time with my couch this weekend.
But for today, we’re getting seriously positive. My go to jam this week has been Work by Iggy Azalea. I mean, how can you not light a fire under your own ass with lyrics like I’ve been up all night, tryna get that rich / I’ve been work work work work working on my shit.
Doesn’t that make you want to blow everything up while getting a promotion or something?
PS: Is anyone out there participating in the #1800MinuteChallenge? Leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter and we’ll be buddies or something!
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First of all you should know that there were photos I found from 2004 that I don’t even have the balls to post on here. They included posing with plastic dinosaurs, fake lip rings, and a lot of REALLY bad hair.
For the fake lip ring record: the ones in these photos are real.
When I was 16, I was obsessed with punk music. Yes, if any of you were there along with me you’ll probably remember the great debate of what was and was not punk music – it was a pretty heavy subject for us all at the time and many an Internet argument broke out over it.
I used to spend a lot of time in my room listening to said records and taking pictures of myself. There was an emerging Internet culture at the time that was all about being different – Napoleon Dynamite, dinosaurs, plaid jackets, and LiveJournals were the shit. I’m talking about days that predate Myspace, and were more in line with Seth from The OC.
The above photo is a still from one of the many, many, many mini dv tapes I shot of my daily life. I have no idea why I did it, but I would tape anything from car trips to playing with my dog to sitting in the living room watching TV.
I think for a very short time in my life I wanted to be Jonathan Caouette.
After the 2004 “I’m such a punk” phase came my scene kid phase.
Did everyone have a scene kid phase or was it just the weird kids like me? I was obsessed with Fall Out Boy and Audrey Kitching and wanted to decorate my room in Skelanimals and Gloomy Bear.
Okay I still kind of want to decorate my room with Gloomy Bear but that’s beside the point.
Oh, you know. Just hanging out in the back seat of my family’s van taking pictures of myself with my SLR. Not a big deal.
I totally don’t regret the person I was then and I would never change the bands I listened to, the way I looked, or the things I did – mainly because I still listen to a lot of the same bands, I still look like the same person, and I’m sure remnants of my personality are leftovers from that time. But man, can it ever be cringeworthy to look back on yourself as a teenager.
Maybe one day I’ll drunk post a bunch of REALLY bad teenaged photos of myself, but that day is definitely not today.