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I’ve shared the documentary, The Colors of Infinity before, but I’m sharing it again because I found it for free on YouTube, and also because I think you should watch both of these videos together simultaneously. You will zoom through the Mandelbrot set while you hear Mandelbrot himself describe his Eureka! moment of discovery. You’ll also understand what is meant by self-similarity found in fractal patterns. Experience what it’s like to magnify a fractal until it is enormously larger than our known universe!

How to Create, Save, and Load Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to create, save and load brushes in Adobe Photoshop in just a few easy steps! Just here for the Photoshop brushes? Scroll to the bottom to skip the tutorial and go straight to the downloads.

  • In Adobe Photoshop, open the file you would like to make a brush out of. It’s best to use a design that is black on a white background. In this example, I will be using a public domain image I scanned of a printer’s ornament from the Dover Pictorial Archive Series.
  • You may need to prepare the image by erasing excess marks, cropping, resizing, and perfecting the contrast levels.
  • Before and After

  • Now, press CTRL+A to select all.
  • In the toolbar, go to Edit > Define Brush Preset and title the brush appropriately. It should immediately show you an outline of your new brush.
  • Outline

Great! You’ve created a nifty brush that can be used over and over again. Now, let’s say you have created a bunch of similar brushes that you would like to save as a set. Here’s how it’s done:

  • With the brush tool still selected, hit F5 to bring up the Brushes window.
  • Click on the arrow in the right corner of the tab and select Preset manager.
  • Hold the CTRL button as you select all of the brushes you want to include in the set, then click on the Save Set button. Give your set a name you’ll recognize later and that’s that! It will save the file into your brushes folder by default.

Later when you want to use that set of brushes, just go to the Preset Manager in the Brushes window again and select Load Brushes. A menu will appear that will allow you to select the set you want to use. You can see in this example below that I have saved three brushes in this particular set.

Brushes Window

Sometimes brushes are very elaborate which makes them hard to see in the preview window. Luckily, you can change this quite easily by choosing Large Thumbnail in the Preset Manager.

Large Thumbnails


That brush and many more like it can be downloaded by clicking the images below:

This article was written by Eve Pearce, who recently wrote to ask if I would publish a word about art therapy in addiction recovery. She remarked that while writing articles for Coalition Against Drug Abuse, she was inspired by the healing power of the arts. She wrote, “everything from exploring poetry to painting and pottery – had shaped people’s lives and offered many an important tool to aid their recovery.”

Art IS therapeutic. I agree that this is an important message, so if you would, please share this in the hopes that it reaches someone who is struggling with addiction or abuse.

Without further adieu…

Sam T. Barnes


The Power of Art

This is because we can reach inside ourselves and visualize our emotions and anxieties much more easily and transfer them onto a blank canvas than we can put them into words. Art is a powerful form of expression; it allows us to externalize, to vent and to heal all through creativity. Similarly, studies have found that writing poetry can also have a beneficial effect, or playing music. Whatever we are feeling that we cannot communicate on the outside, can be explored through creativity and, most effectively, through art.

Art therapy takes place in a safe, comfortable environment and this helps to empower and relax the participant and is the start of the healing process. Whether you are in a group situation or having a one-to-one session, research shows that the act of creating art can be highly beneficial to sufferers of addiction.

What is Art Therapy?

The main thing to understand is that you don’t need any skill in art to benefit from art therapy. This form of psychotherapy is open to absolutely anyone suffering from addiction or depression and it works through a three way process; art therapy is concerned with the relationship between the sufferer, the therapist and the ‘image’. The image is important, not to be assessed, but as a tool with which the sufferer can express themselves as freely as they wish, without any inhibitions. Art therapists work with groups and individuals, with adults and in children’s centers. They also work in prisons.

Using art as the primary form of communication tends to be successful at breaking down barriers that exist verbally and, as well as enabling easier self expressionism, it can heighten the sufferer’s mood as they create color and emotion with a paint brush, or produce artefacts from clay. Art therapy is ideal for those struggling to express themselves because of pent up feelings caused by addiction issues and also mental health issues.

An Online Network

Organizations exist to support addiction and to promote its relationship with art as a form of therapy. By platforming this model of support, the notion of art as being able to help with addiction, as well as mental disorders, is promoted to the general public and members of therapy groups, creating a network of support.

The American Art Therapy Association connects the public and its members to organizations around the world, and supports both state and federal initiatives for this type of venture, as well as recognizing the efforts of those involved with art therapy. There are websites, which take you through art projects that have helped sufferers with their addiction issues, from creating buttons for addictions to explaining about letting go rituals and creating a journal. These rituals show how art and the process of creating something can alleviate the stress of addiction, from distraction to the idea of letting go. The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations is a collaboration of organizations that use the art as therapy model and detail upcoming events on their website, such as Arts Advocacy Day.

Stopping Addiction

As well as Arts Therapies Associations, there are many Detox Treatment Centers throughout America offering help to addiction sufferers. These facilities are assessed thoroughly to ensure they meet the appropriate standards of care and websites such as Project Know detail the different types of addiction and the treatment offered for each with help lines listed. Aftercare includes therapy, meaning that the support continues which is an important factor for addiction sufferers. Alcohol and drug dependency is a significant problem in the U.S and with the support of Treatment facilities and Art Therapy organizations, it is one that is being addressed. With addiction, the issue is not just how to stop; it is about understanding why it happens and how you can deal with it effectively and on an on-going basis. Art therapy gives sufferers the tools to fight addiction through self-expression, through the process of creating something that shows the world how they feel, because, ultimately, art is power.

Welcome DeviantARTists! Republishing this again due to popular demand. Keep in mind that Apophysis has been updated several times over the past 6 years, some of this may not be applicable to new versions, especially the rendering specs. Happy exploring!

Apophysis Tutorial – PDF

To download the script that is mentioned in the tutorial, click AddRepetitionSymm

Also of note, I’ve since published a more in-depth Apophysis Tutorial for Beginners which includes a printable cheat sheet. You should definitely check it out.

“From my clinical experience I consider that children and adults with Aspergers Syndrome have a different, not defective, way of thinking. The person usually has a strong desire to seek knowledge, truth and perfection with a different set of priorities than would be expected with other people. There is also a different perception of situations and sensory experiences. The overriding priority may be to solve a problem rather than satisfy the social or emotional needs of others. The person values being creative rather than co-operative. The person with Aspergers syndrome may perceive errors that are not apparent to others, giving considerable attention to detail, rather than noticing the big picture. The person is usually renowned for being direct, speaking their mind and being honest and determined and having a strong sense of social justice. The person may actively seek and enjoy solitude, be a loyal friend and have a distinct sense of humour. However, the person with Aspergers Syndrome can have difficulty with the management and expression of emotions. Children and adults with Aspergers syndrome may have levels of anxiety, sadness or anger that indicate a secondary mood disorder. There may also be problems expressing the degree of love and affection expected by others. Fortunately, we now have successful psychological treatment programs to help manage and express emotions.’