Hope everyone is having fun during the iNSD weekend! I know I've been shopping & hopping & downloading... need to sort thru all the new goodies so I can find what I need when I'm scrapping.
So here's my question. I bought a couple brush sets this weekend. LOVE THEM - especially the distressed sets by Sherwood Studio. I have a folder for all my ABR files so I can load them in PSE when I want to use them. But these also came with PNG's. Do I really need to save the PNG's if I have them in ABR? (I'm afraid I'm running out of space with all this crazy shopping).
Thanks for the info, Day. I think I'm going to toss the PNG's. I use iPhoto as my organizer, so I can't even see them until I open them in PSE. Plus, I think the brushes are so versatile with the size, color, opacity, blend modes - why keep an extra copy if it's not needed?
I agree with you - the FB train freebie was awesome! I love those colors! Good luck shopping!
Thank you Nathalie! You ladies are making me more comfortable getting rid of files I don't need. I'm always cautious about moving things to the trash. Always afraid I might *need* it one day. If I'm not careful, I'd be classified as a file hoarder.
Okay... you all are making me reconsider using brushes. I've always used the pngs instead--maybe just b/c I feel more confident with them. I know HOW to use brushes and WHY they are cool.... but it has always seemed like more trouble than it's worth to keep up with which ones I have, what they really look like, and storing/organizing them in PSE.
Tell me your tips for organizing them and being able to really SEE what they are?
I was a stamper long before I was a scrapper... and will always be a stamper at heart. I guess that's why I like the brushes so much - I think of them as my "digital stamps."
At this point I don't really have them organized, and can't really "see" them until I have them loaded in PSE. But I know what I have, so it's easy enough to find what I want in the folder. I guess as I accumulate more, I will probably make sub-folders for them - floral, sea shells, architectural, grunge, geometric, stitches, etc.
So if someone has some organizing tips - I would be glad to hear them!
I couldn't exist without Tumasoft's preset viewer. I use it to find all my shapes and brushes. And since all you need to do with brushes is to click on the little blue icon, it's a lot easier than styles or actions in PSE.
Now see....I use PSP. and have two great programs that convert any PS brush into a png for me, as some designers/companies do NOT include the png files. I use them all as "stamps" - - as good old PSP has a brush size limit of 500 pixels (which to me is way tooooo tiny). I have a pretty dang big old folder aptly named "stamps"...LOL...with lots of folders inside...swirls, grunge, floral, deco, edges, corners....and each brush/stamp goes in its proper category. I have Julies brushes, too...and agree - they be awesome
I used to use brushes as digital stamps too, until I found about blending with brushes. I now often use them in combination with a mask, for example for papers. It allows to make a solid paper more fun (or to tone down a patterned one), like I did on this LO:
And that is something you cannot do with PNGs (or if you can, I don't know how!)
I love forum! I always get a lot of information here.
@ Julie - a viewer is exactly what I need. Thanks for telling us about it. The company has a new viewer called Breeze, which will run on Mac. That's what I'll need. It's written in Adobe AIR. I'm not familiar with that, so will maybe have to research a little more.
@ Chloe - that is a beeeeeaautiful layout! And your stamp gave just the right amount of fade between the zig zag quilt, and the plaid background. I'm glad you mentioned "mask" too. I just switched from PSE 4 to PSE 10, and keep forgetting I can make a mask now. I recently made a LO with stamps across the edge of a "torn" page, and then erased the part of the stamp that should have been torn off. Later I wanted to move the stamping, but of course it wouldn't match up right due to the erasure. I deleted that layer & did my stamps over. Next time I'll mask.