Create a Simple Background Using Brushes and Styles

If you are not familiar with styles they are a fantastic tool to help you create simple or more detailed digital artsy creations.


We are going to talk a lot more about styles and brushes in the future. Meanwhile, I wanted to show you a couple of ideas to use the brush tools from NBK Design for our winter magic.



In Photoshop CC 18  abr brush files are loaded in their own folder now which is pretty cool.



After I loaded the brushes and the styles I opened a solid paper. I brushed some of them randomly, it’s important to make sure you create a new layer for each group of brushes in case you want to change styles or size later.


Also, make sure you change brush opacity to 100% because these brushes were created to work with color many times they have different blend modes, opacity, and flow and because we want full color and shape to use with styles make sure to change the mode to normal, opacity and flow to 100%.



After you brush and apply different styles it would look something like this:


It’s a great way to create an artistic background without using a lot of products, it’s also a great way to create a layout with cohesive colors.


After that, I just added one of the artsy pieces from the mini kit this is totally optional as the background was already painted.



To finish the layout I used the brushes as a mask I rotated the brush so it would have different edges after I clipped my picture.



This was my final layout:



As you can see in my title I applied the style but because in Photoshop CC we can stack styles and shadows I added a bevel & emboss and a drop shadow.


I finalized my layout with just a few embellishments and let my background do the most work.


Remember: styles and brushes can save you time, they are a great resource to help you finish your layout fast and with an artistic look.


If you want to learn more about digital artsy style, be sure to join me every second Monday of the month on the Scrapaneers blog for a new artsy scrapping tutorial!



The Winter Magic Giveaway


A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the amazing designers who contributed to this Mega Collection.  Winter Magic is perfect for your winter and holiday photos, but it also has a gorgeous color palette that is fitting for memorializing those everyday moments too.  Ready for a peek at what you can collect during the month of December?


Winter Magic


Winter Magic downloads are no longer available.


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  • R.B December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Big Thank You Jana For Your TUT,LOve Your Work.Thank You NBK For Your Gorgeous Contribution & Thanks Pink Reptile Designs This Is a Wonderful Collab :)xXx

  • teresinha lucia celino December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Obrigada Janaina ! Amo suas aulas!

  • Pam K December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thanks to the designers for today’s lovely gifts — & thanks, Jana, for this wonderful tutorial. I never really knew how to use the brushes, so I’ve never used the few that I have!

    • jana December 11, 2017   Reply →

      You’re welcome!

    • jana December 11, 2017   Reply →

      Pam glad it was useful for you.

    • Jana December 11, 2017   Reply →

      You’re very welcome Pam enjoy the gifts

  • Mirjam December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Love the Winter Is Magic tutorials and posts and that collab turned out BEAUTIFUL! Thanks SO much for having me take part in this! xoxo

  • time2smile December 11, 2017   Reply →

    As always, it is a pleasure to read the tutorials and learn something new. Thanks for the collection!

  • Priscilla December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thanks once again for great tutorials and freebies!

  • Su Hall December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you very much! I go play, now….


  • Maureen McCullough December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you both very much for these wonderful freebies. Really appreciate it

  • Graciela December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thanks very much for the beautiful freebies

  • Johanna December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you very much for the tutorial and the amazing freebies! 🙂

  • Tammy December 11, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you so much!!

  • Carolyn December 11, 2017   Reply →


  • R December 12, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you for the “Brushes & Styles” lesson and for the gifts. 🙂

  • Vivi / Nemla December 12, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you. Have marked on Favourites , so I can come back to it. Also thanks for the gifts.

  • grambie/shirl December 12, 2017   Reply →

    I am addicted to styles and brushes with quite a few from NBK. My thanks to both designers for their contributions as well as Jana for her wonderful tutorial. 😉

  • Bet December 13, 2017   Reply →

    Just an awesome gift! Thank you 🙂

  • Micheline Lachance December 13, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you for the tutorial Jana and thanks to both designers too.

  • Mimi Desaujon December 14, 2017   Reply →

    Merci Jana pour tout ce que tu fais et tes partages

  • willimena December 17, 2017   Reply →

    I never feel confident with the artsy style but this tutorial makes it seem do-able. Thankyou! Also thankyou for the very generous free products.

  • Vivi / Nemla December 26, 2017   Reply →

    I love using brushes , Thank you so much for the gift, both to NBK and Pink Reptile ( and the coupon too ) Looking forward to putting them “on paper ” using Jana’s tutorial.

  • Beverly December 29, 2017   Reply →

    Thank you so very much for these free kits!

  • Jennifer Moore January 4, 2018   Reply →

    Thank you! Great tips on brushes.

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