Add a vintage feel with custom brush strokes

  • Software: Photoshop CS6 or CC
  • Project time: 4-6 hours
  • Skills: Make hand-drawn elements work digitally, use the Channel mixer, create Hue/Saturation layers

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to bring handmade brush strokes from the workshop into Photoshop. Brush strokes can be used over and over again in different projects by flipping, warping and twisting them. You can use them to add colour and depth to a piece, plus wear and tear for that authentic vintage feel.

All this will come together as we create a poster advertising a menswear range. The brush marks we’ll make, used in conjunction with the Channel Mixer, will bring out some great autumnal colours that will make the design pop off the page.

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