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So, a couple of years back I stopped submitting my stuff to dA. I went through a time period where I was just overly frustrated with all of my stuff being stolen (others taking my resources and offering them as their own). Most of the people seemed to be grabbing my stuff off dA, so that's one of the main reasons I stopped updating here.

Kind of a silly reason, in hindsight. As if I can stop art theft just by not submitting my stuff to dA.

I wasn't updating much during those few years anyway. Somewhat because life had become busier, and somewhat for the same reason as listed above. But I've started updating more again now, and with a thicker skin. At least, let's hope so.

So, be on the lookout for some updates from me again. I need to submit a few to get caught up first.

PS - I still get too many notes to keep up with, so please email me via my website if you have a question that needs an actual answer. Otherwise, my rules are below!

Usage Rules

* These brushes can be used for prints. You don't need to note me and ask.

* If you use one of my brushes/stock, please credit me somewhere. If you use it here on dA, feel free to credit me as redhead stock. However, if you use my stuff anywhere else, you must credit me as Obsidian Dawn (www.obsidiandawn.com).

* If you can't credit me, you'll need to purchase a commercial license for just $3. Information on commercial licenses can be found here.

* Please do not re-package any of the brushes contained in any of the sets and attempt to pass them off as your own! As these brushes now work in the latest versions of GIMP, I am no longer allowing them to be converted. Those that are up don't have to take them down, but please don't convert them anymore.

* Webmasters, you may not host these files on your website without my permission.  You may link to my website (not here at dA) for the downloads, however, without needing to ask.

That's it! Enjoy!
My Brushes Website
Usage Rules
Brushes FAQ
How to Install Brushes
Commercial Licenses

Obsidian Dawn Updates


Please do not contact me through dA! I do NOT read my notes! You may contact me through my website here. (I have like 3000 notes sitting there from people that didn't read my journal!)

I am no longer updating dA. Please go to Obsidian Dawn to see all my new releases!

Usage Rules
* These brushes can be used for prints. You don't need to note me and ask.

* If you use one of my brushes/stock, please credit me somewhere.  If you use it here on dA, feel free to credit me as redheadstock.  However, if you use my stuff anywhere else, you must credit me as Obsidian Dawn (www.obsidiandawn.com).

* If you can't credit me, you'll need to purchase a commercial license for just $3.  Information on commercial licenses can be found here.

* Please do not re-package any of the brushes contained in any of the sets and attempt to pass them off as your own! As these brushes now work in the latest versions of GIMP, I am no longer allowing them to be converted.  Those that are up don't have to take them down, but please don't convert them anymore.

* Webmasters, you may not host these files on your website without my permission.  You may link to my website (not here at dA) for the downloads, however, without needing to ask.

That's it!  Enjoy!

Tips on Submitting Brushes to dA

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 13, 2007, 1:25 PM
  • Mood: Artistic

Well, first off... you need to know how to make and save your own brushes.  Check out the list of tutorials on the right.  You're going to want the "Creating Brushes" tutorial.

Once you're through with that, you'll need to make your brushes into a ZIP file.  This makes them easier and faster to download.  You can do that using your favorite extraction utility, or if you're a Windows user... just right click on the .ABR file that you want to ZIP up and choose "Send To" and then "Compressed (Zipped) Folder".  

The next step is to make a nice preview image.   I make mine 450 X 600, and I'd recommend not making them much wider than that (450 pixels).  Within my preview image, I like to explain what version of Photoshop they'll work in, how many brushes there are, and give my dA name (and website) so that the preview image can't be stolen as-is and redistributed.  If you're not sure what versions of Photoshop your brushes will work in, that's easy.  If you make them in Photoshop 7, they'll work in 7 and any versions that came out after it.  So if you make them in PS CS2, they'll only work in CS2 and CS3, basically.  (I'm not sure about versions of Photoshop earlier than 7, because they were saved in a different file format.  So they may not work in the newer versions at all.)

And then comes the uploading part!  
  • Go to your dA homepage (click on your name in the dark bar on the left side).
  • Click on "Submit Deviation" over on the right
  • Put in the deviation title.  Something like "Blah Brushes"
  • Choose the category.  Click on "Choose Category" and select Resources > Application Resources > Photoshop Brushes, then hit "Ok"
  • Click on "Add a file" and find your ZIP file on your computer.  Click "Ok"
  • Now it will ask you for a preview image.  Click on "Choose" next to where it now says "Preview."  Find the preview image on your computer and click "Ok"
  • Now for the comments.  In there, I like to put (again, because a lot of people don't read the preview image) all the information on the brushes... like how many there are, what their name is, what your name is, what version of PS they'll work in, etc.  Also, of course... information on what the brushes are all about.
  • Then type in some keywords that seem to fit your deviation fairly well.  Don't forget to include "photoshop brushes" in there!
  • Select "No" for mature content (unless you're making some pretty darn risque' brushes!)
  • Click on "Choose License" and it will walk you through some questions on how you'd like your brushes to be used.  Whether or not they can be used commercially, shared, etc.  Just follow the questions and hit "Ok" and it will select the right license for you and display it.
  • Make sure that you read the Submission Policy and the Terms of Service, and then hit "Submit" - You're done!


Terms of Use

Thu Mar 29, 2007, 6:35 PM
  • Mood: Artistic
Commercial licenses, for those of you that can't/don't want to credit are here: www.obsidiandawn.com/commercia…

I don't keep up with notes on dA very well. If you need to contact me to ask for clarification, please do so at my website.

* These brushes can be used for prints. You don't need to note me and ask.

 If you use one of my brushes/stock, please credit me somewhere.  If you use it here on dA, feel free to credit me as redheadstock.  However, if you use my stuff anywhere else, you must credit me as Obsidian Dawn (www.obsidiandawn.com).

 If you can't credit me, you'll need to purchase a commercial license for just $3.  Information on commercial licenses can be found here

Please do not re-package any of the brushes contained in any of the sets and attempt to pass them off as your own! As these brushes now work in the latest versions of GIMP, I am no longer allowing them to be converted.  Those that are up don't have to take them down, but please don't convert them anymore.

Providing credit:

* Provide credit to me somewhere.  If used here on dA, feel free to credit me as redheadstock.  If you use them anywhere else, however, you must credit me either as “Obsidian Dawn” or www.obsidiandawn.com

 * If you use these brushes or patterns, you must be able to credit me alongside their usage anywhere they are displayed.  If you cannot do that, you may purchase a commercial license.

 * That’s it! Enjoy!

Webmasters:

 * You MAY post information about my resources on your websites without needing to contact me for permission.

 * You may NOT host my files on your server or link to my files directly. You MUST send the user to the resource on obsidiandawn.com for the download. Again, you can do this without needing to contact me for permission. If you are looking to host the files themselves, special permissions are given for this - contact us.

Brushes FAQ

Wed Aug 2, 2006, 5:23 PM
Here's a list of frequently asked questions, and their answers.

I'm new to this whole Photoshop brushes thing. How do I get started?

The first thing you're going to want to understand is how to install the Photoshop brushes that you can download from this website. I have a tutorial that walks you through installing photoshop brushes.

Once you feel a bit more comfortable with that, I also have tutorials on more complex things involving Photoshop brushes, as well as tips and techniques!

What version of Photoshop will these work in?

Any version of Photoshop from 7 up until the most recent version will be able to use these brushes, patterns, and tutorials. Any version of Photoshop Elements from version 2 and on can use them.  Any GIMP version from 2.2.6 and up can use them.

Oh no! I don't use Photoshop or GIMP! Can I still use your brushes somehow?

Yep! You most certainly can! That's what the image packs that you'll see available below each brush download are for. You download those instead, open them up in your favorite graphics program, and make them into brushes for your own use!

When I use your brushes, they just show up in black & white. How do I get them to show up in all the colors like you display them on your images?

One of the beautiful things about Photoshop brushes is the fact that they show up in whatever color you have selected to "paint" them in. However, this makes having brushes show up in multiple colors a bit more difficult. If you're interested in doing that, check out my tutorial on adding multiple colors to your Photoshop brushes.

What are the "image packs" that you give links to on each brush set?

The image packs are for people that don't have Photoshop or Photoshop elements. By downloading the image pack, you can open up the files of the exact images that I used to create the brushes. This way, you can make them into brushes that can be used in whatever your favorite graphics program is!

I'd like to convert your brush sets and make them available for others. Is this possible?

You'll have to email me to get permission for this.  I no longer allow GIMP conversions, because my brushes now work in GIMP.

Can I use your brushes commercially?

Yes.  You have the option of either crediting me everywhere you use them or purchasing a commercial license.

Anything else not covered here...

... please feel free to contact me with questions via email.