Create a Zen-style design

In Zen-style painting, artists depict their ideas with minimal materials and simple brush strokes. But while in the West a brush is often considered little more than a tool for self-expression, in the East, there is a belief that each has a unique characteristic of its own. For true versatility, several styles are needed.

Oriental brushes can add many special characteristics to your work, such as atmospheric wet blur. In this project, we show you how to achieve these effects and enhance your designs through some advanced techniques for creating your own, customised Japanese-style Photoshop brushes.

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