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It sounds crazy when I say this now, but when I first started using Photoshop I didn’t think that brushes were for me. Actually, no, let me clarify what I mean. I didn’t think anything other than a normal, round, black or white brush was for me because that’s all I needed for using layer masks. I thought all the other really clever stuff you can do with brushes was for all those artsy types. How wrong I was!

Whether you’re what I would call a traditional artist—someone like my dear friend Aaron Blaise who does the most incredible drawings and ...

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