My 5 Favorite Creative Resources Online

mastering-mobile-photographyToday I’m spilling the beans on five of my favorite creative resources available online! Hopefully they’ll come in handy and become some of your favorites too!

1. Mastering Mobile Photography / 11 Tips to Better Phone Photos — Artifact Uprising
•  If you’ve ever enviously wondered “how did they manage to do that with a phone camera,” then you’re going to love this incredibly informative article. My favorite tips: Create Blur on Purpose and Master the Movement

ywft-awesome-fonts-and-stock-art2. You Work for Them  | fonts and stock art / featured font: YWFT Belle
•  Most font shops online offer your standard run of the mill options, but You Work for Them is one of my favorites for finding unique choices. The only problem is that I can never choose just one font to buy…they are all so good!

stocksy-stock-photography-source3. Stocksy | stock photography / image by Melanie Defazio
•  The first thing that I can think of to say about Stocksy is: “finally stock photography that doesn’t suck!” Really! You have to see for yourself to know what I’m talking about. If you ever have a project calling for an extraordinary image, but you’re not able to take that photo yourself…be sure to check these guys out.

creative-market-fonts-and-more4. Creative Market | Handcrafted fonts, themes, graphics, and digital resources / image by Decade Type Foundry
•  I enjoy keeping an eye on this site and all the creative content that their community is coming up with. The price for credits to use towards purchases on the site is fairly reasonable too.

skillshare-online-classes5. Skillshare | Creative Online Classes
•  I’ve talked about my admiration for the creative online classroom Skillshare before…and my love has not faded since. I am always signing up for new classes to take over there when I have a spare moment. In fact, that’s one of the best things about Skillshare. You select the classes that interest you, take them whenever it works into your schedule, and learn at your own pace! If only all schools worked that way!

Free Download: Fall Foliage Photoshop Brush Set

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Hi lovelies! Today we are having our very first truly Fall-like day, so I’m celebrating by giving away a brand new set of free hi-res photoshop brushes! I created the set with some watercolor foliage that I recently painted and I’m rather fond (or should I say “frond”—plant pun, sorry) of the results.

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New to Photoshop brushes? Here’s a little YouTube video that I created with a few helpful tips on how to use and customize photoshop brushes. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them right away.

There are so many things you can do with photoshop brushes. If you use them I’d love for you to leave a comment with a link to your creation below so I can check it out! I can’t wait to see what you’ll make! xo Ez

Want more free photoshop brushes? How about my Arrow Brush Set, Inky Brush Set, or Love & Kisses Brush Set.

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A few important notes: This photoshop brush set was designed for your creative use. Commercial works may be created using this brush set as a portion of the final work, but the brush set on its own may not be distributed (even for free) or sold. If you feel inspired to do so, a link back to Creature Comforts is always appreciated! Please do your part to make it possible for me to continue sharing free resources with you all by respecting these guidelines. Thanks so much for your support!

This brush set was created using Photoshop CS3. It should work with most versions of Photoshop. Unfortunately, if for some reason the set is not compatible with your version of the program I am unable to make adjustments to make them load in different versions of Photoshop. Thank you for understanding.

12 Free Inky Photoshop Brushes + A Quick How-to Video

Today I thought it might be fun to share a set of Photoshop brushes that I created a little while ago using calligraphy ink and a nice coarse brush. I saved the brushes at a high-resolution, so they are suitable for both web and print projects. If you’re not very familiar with using Photoshop brushes I’ve also put together a short video with some little tricks and tips that will enable you to customize these and any other Photoshop brushes you may have to make them even more functional and enjoyable. The video is best viewed in the full-screen mode.

First start by downloading the Photoshop brush set using the button below. I am also making these brushes available as a PNG file if you prefer to work with them that way. For this video tutorial, I am using the brush set (not the PNG file). Please note that because these are hi-resolution files they may take a little while to download.

Here’s an example of how you might use these shapes to dress up an image for your blog (look…it’s my new haircut too):

Or maybe you will use them with color to create a painterly image (quote found over on Pinterest):

You guys are so clever, I’m sure you will think of a ton of really great ways to use them. And of course if you’d like to…I’d love to hear from you if you do.

The fine print:

This set is available for you to use freely in both commercial and non-commercial works. The files themselves however are not available for distribution or sale. I know that sounds loopy, but it’s happened more than a few times. This isn’t too much to ask, right?! If you’d like to pass on the word about the brush set to your friends or blog readers, I’d love for you to link to this post directly. Thanks a heap for your support! I hope you’ll enjoy the brushes. xo Ez

P.S. If you like this brush set, you might also like my Free Hand-drawn Arrow Photoshop Brushes.

Creating Seamless Patterns with Photoshop


A couple years ago I found a really helpful tutorial for How to Create Seamless Patterns in Photoshop (also known as tiled or repeat patterns) from Mel’s Brushes. Since then the technique is something that I’ve played around with from time to time (though not as much as I would like), and it seemed like high time that I finally shared the link to the tutorial with you guys. Sorry for the holdup.

With experimentation I’m hoping to progress and eventually create more elaborate patterns, but for the time being I’m just having fun with it.

This pattern was made using the Free Arrow Photoshop Brush Set that I shared here on Creature Comforts last week!

And this one I made using a scanned painting of the Eiffel Tower that my daughter created last night. She doesn’t know that I used her artwork to make a pattern, so I’m going to surprise her with it later today!

And fear not, you don’t even have to be handy with a paintbrush to create an awesome pattern in Photoshop. Sometimes something as simple as dots on a page can be lovely too! I think this one kind of looks like a snowstorm or the pattern on a bird’s egg. I hope you have a chance to try your hand at pattern making soon! I’d love to see your results if you do. xo Ez

Free Download: Arrow Photoshop Brushes

From time to time, when I’m creating a post in Photoshop, I like to use hand-drawn arrows to dress things up. I enjoy the fun, playful feeling they give…and of course (seeing as they are arrows) they are great for pointing out details that you want to be sure that nobody will miss. So today I thought I’d share a set of them that I made over the weekend. They were created in Photoshop CS3, so as far as I know (I’m not very techie when it comes to these things) you’ll need the same version or higher in order to use them. I’ve put together two little screencast videos to hopefully make everything nice and clear. (bonus: if you play a drinking game for every time I say “um”in the videos you’ll be nice and saucy by the end).

The first clip shows tips on loading the brushes in Photoshop (if you’re unfamiliar with the process), and the second one shares a couple ideas on how to use the brush set. If you’re already comfortable with Photoshop, then feel free to just scroll on down for the download and dive right in.

VIDEOS:

How To Load Photoshop Brushes

Tips On Using Photoshop Arrow Brushes

Tip: I suggest using the fill screen button (at the bottom of the page) to view the videos, so that it is sized correctly for the computer that you are using.

If you’re new to Photoshop brushes, I’ve have a few simple pointers on using them to pass on. Please let me know if you need me to clear up any steps. Again, I’m not very savvy when it comes to the technical side of Photoshop, but I should at least be able to get you going with this brush set.

LOADING PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the download button
  2. Double click on the file once it has downloaded onto your computer. This should automatically load the brushes into your brush library.
  3. If that doesn’t work, open photoshop > Window > Brushes
  4. When the Brushes palette opens click on the tiny triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the palette
  5. Select load brushes from the menu box that opens > select the arrow brush file from your computer (file name cc_arrow_brushes.abr) > click ‘load’
  6. Your brushes will now appear in the brush palette library

Now that you have your brushes, here area a few ideas on how to use them:Arrows are great for highlighting details on a post or image.

You can also use them to create a decorative pattern like this.

BRUSH USING TIPS:

  • You will need to use a new layer to get started using your brushes.
  • I recommend using a new layer for each brush that you want to use on your page, that way they will be easy to edit individually.
  • You can change the opacity of your arrows (allowing more or less of the background to show through them). To do this make sure you have selected the brush tool, toggle the opacity and flow percentages in the very top menu bar before stamping down your chosen arrow. Once you have the opacity looking how you like, apply your brush anywhere you’d like on your page.

If you have any awesome photoshop tips to share, I would love for you to chime in below. I’ve taught myself photoshop, so I’m sure there are more technically correct ways of doing things…but if you’re up for sharing, I’m always happy to learn. xo Ez

Important fine print stuff: These photoshop brushes were created for personal non-commercial use only. They are not to be distributed or sold. If you’d like to share them, please link to this post and don’t host the file yourself. Thanks for your support. You’re the bees knees!