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Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit

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Installation

Download and extract the main zip archive to somewhere safe on your computer -- remember the location you choose. You can now either load these files directly into the Photoshop palette of choice (see next step) or you can add them to your presets folder which will make it marginally easier to load one of them in the future. To do this you need to find your Adobe Photoshop presets folder, which varies based on your operating system and version (a quick google search will reveal the location) and then copy each of the files into their respective folders (actions, brushes, patterns, etc...). Once this is done they will be ready to load each time Photoshop opens.


Loading the Presets

Once you're in Photoshop you'll want to load one or more of the presets so you can get started. To do this: open the resource window of your chosing (brushes, shapes, patterns, etc...) and look in the top right corner of that window -- you'll see a little icon with a down arrow. Click on that top right mini-icon and select "Load Brushes" or "Load Patterns" etc... That will open a window where you can find the preset file -- select the file from the location you used in step one. This will load the new presets into your resource palette, simply scroll down to the bottom of the list and you'll see the new items. Time to start working!



Using the Presets
Most of the included presets are self-explanatory, however there are some things that may help:

- Layer styles are often made to work with any color base-layer. If you see a grayscale layer style, chances are you can pick any color for the base layer and it will look great.
- Some brushes are made to be used as "one-click" brushes or shapes, others are made to be dragged around and used artistically. You can usually figure out which is which :-)
- Many of the wooden and minimal patterns are grayscale, try using a hue/saturation layer to make thigns colorful
- The bokeh brushes require special settings to get the right effect.



Arrow Shapes

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Bokeh Brushes

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Button Styles

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Elegant Styles

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Icon Shapes

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Mosaic Pat

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Retro Act

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Tartan Pattern

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit



Wood Panels

Photoshop Essentials Mini-Kit




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