The first thing to define is how a Dynamic Brush is different from a standard brush. A standard brush acts as a stamp, just like the rubber stamps from your paper scrapbooking days. As you click your mouse and stamp a brush on your layout, it places in the exact location and in the exact orientation as how you open your brush. It pretty much looks the same every time you click the mouse and place it on your page.
A Dynamic Brush differs in that the brush is “fluid.” It is designed so that the opacity, the orientation, color, flow, or placement of the brush on your page changes when you click and drag your mouse across your page. One or all of the characteristics could change! The settings are built into the brush; the designers have done all the work for you!
To show you what I mean, try this – open a regular brush and position it on a blank page. Click once, then drag the brush anywhere on your page. It will look something like this:
You can easily see that this brush is designed to just stamp onto your page. Once you drag it, the brush loses its detail and just becomes a thick blotch.
Now open a Dynamic Brush. Position it somewhere on your blank page, then click and drag. Instead of one long, splotchy line, you will see your shape repeated over and over in the relative path you drew with your mouse. However, you may also see variation in color, opacity, shape size, direction, orientation or all of the above! Here is what one dynamic brush looks like when it is clicked and dragged:
The way the Dynamic Brushes are designed changes the qualities of the brush as you drag it across your page. These alterations on the brush open up an immense number of possibilities as to how and when you might choose to use your dynamic brushes! Let me show you some examples of Dynamic Brushes and some examples for how you might use them.
There are Dynamic Brushes that can create words or word shapes:
See how the size and direction of the word changes as you move across the page? You might use a brush like this in an Art Journal layout or to add interest to a background paper. You might brush it across a photo of your child painting and change the opacity so it’s very subtle. The possibilities are endless!
Next, there are Dynamic Brushes for decorative purposes:
There are Dynamic Brushes for blending:
This brush was set so that the size of the brush changes as does the color and the orientation. See the variations in the saturation as the brush drags across the layout? These blender brushes might be used to soften the edges of a photo or blend two papers together for a background. You could also paint over portions of a photo for added texture or depth. When you add a color or change the Blending mode, the overall effect can be dramatic.
There are dynamic brushes for framing, edging, or borders:
These Dynamic Brushes might be used to frame a photo or add a border to one side of a layout. This brush was set so that as you drag it across the page, the brush repeats itself perfectly. Remember, if this were a standard brush, it would become a big blotch as it dragged across the page.
There are dynamic brushes for art strokes:
Now, let me show you how I used some of these brushes on my layout. For the background, I used Dynamic Brush Set: Painted 6301 and painted onto a blank layer:
Several brushes from Dynamic Brush Set: Art Diary and Dynamic Brush Set: Scattered Words were drawn across the page in a random manner. These Dynamic Brushes had their Blending modes changed to Color Dodge.
The heart layer was brushed on using Dynamic Brush Set: Art Diary, and these layers had their Blending mode changed to Color Burn.
As you can see, there is a large difference between a standard brush and a Dynamic Brush. In my layout below, the Dynamic Brushes did most of the work for me! As you explore and play with the diversity of these brushes on your layouts, you’ll be excited to see how much creativity they offer for your digital scrapbooking! The SG Design Shop has a whole selection of Dynamic Brushes for you to explore. After you have a chance to dive into this fun way of brushing your layouts to your heart’s content, post your creativity in the Scrap Girls Gallery so we can share in your excitement!
Melanie Cockshott: I love this Dynamic Brush for adding a little or a lot of confetti in various sizes and patterns to my layouts- it’s awesome for layering different confetti styles, as well giving your page a great realistic touch.