Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions, and their answers.

The FAQs are separated into sections. Scroll down or click on a section below to view it.

Basic Usage

Downloading & Installing

Terms of Use

Commercial Licenses

Store & Purchasing Licenses

Other

Basic Usage

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

The first thing you’re going to want to understand is how to install the Photoshop brushes, patterns, and shapes that you can download from this website. Here’s some tutorials to get you started:

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! A full list of my Photoshop tutorials are found here.

What version of Photoshop will these brushes/patterns/shapes work in?

The resources that say “Photoshop 7+” mean that they will be usable in all versions from 7 and onward, including the entire CS series. (They also are compatible with Photoshop Elements 2 and onward, and GIMP 2.2.6+). A few might say “Photoshop CS+” or “CS2+”, and that just means they work from CS or CS2 and onward, up through the present version.

I’m a Mac user. Can I still use your resources?

Absolutely! All that matters is the version of the graphics program (Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP, etc) that you’re running. Whether you’re on a Mac or a Windows computer is irrelevant. They work with both!

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 one color. 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.

Downloading & Installing

How do I install these?

Your resources come as “ZIP” files. What are they, and how do I get to the good stuff?

Just about anything that you download from the internet is compressed in one way or another now-a-days. A ZIP file is just that… it compresses the file so that it’s smaller and easier/faster to download.

I have a whole tutorial that explains how to unzip a file here.

What are the “image packs” that you offer on each brush set page?

The image packs are for people that don’t have Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or GIMP. 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!

Terms of Use

Is there anything I need to do in order to use these?

Well, there’s really two answers to that. If you just want to use them personally (non-professionally), then you’re more than welcome to – but you’ll need to credit www.ObsidianDawn.com alongside it every place that it’s used. If you’d prefer to not have to credit me and/or want to use them professionally, we have licenses available.

You can read our full Terms of Use Policy here.

You can read more about our Commercial Licenses here.

Commercial Licenses

Do I need to purchase a commercial license to use these commercially?

No. If you can credit me, as per my terms of use, then you do not need to purchase a commercial license. If you have no way of crediting me, or if you do not wish to have to credit me as the brushes creator, then you will need to purchase a commercial license. Information on commercial licenses can be found here.

Is everything $3 a set?

Almost everything is, yes. All of the brushes, patterns, and shapes are $3. The only exceptions to this are single images, which are only $1 each, and large image “decoration sets”, which have a LOT of content and are therefore $5.

What is a “set”?

Each page on my website that has a download available is a “set” — everything in that download is included in the set. So if you purchase a license, it will include everything in that set, however many times you want to use it.

Store & Purchasing Licenses

Why can’t I purchase more than 1 of a resource?

Our shopping cart will only let you add one of any license at a time. That’s because you only need one license per person. You’ll can use it as much as you want once you own the license.

If you need a second license, under a different name, then you’ll need to make it as a separate purchase. That way, you can change the name that the license will be under so that it prints out correctly each time.

I’m trying to add both the brushes and pattern set (or shapes) of a particular design to my shopping cart, and it won’t let me add both. Why not?

You don’t need both. Since you’re purchasing the rights to the designs, and the designs are the same in the patterns and brushes, you only need one license.

This, of course, only applies to the few sets come in various formats. They will both be named the same thing. Some examples include: Lace Brushes – Lace Patterns, Snowflakes Vectors Brushes – Snowflake Custom Shapes, etc.

I want the license to be made out to someone else. A name that is different than the name on my PayPal account or financial information. How do I do that?

No problem. The license that you’ll need to print out, which grants you the right to use these without crediting us, will be made out to whatever name you put into the shipping address when you make your payment via PayPal. Make sure you change the shipping name (they’ll ask for an address too, but that doesn’t matter – since we aren’t shipping you anything) to the name you want on your license.

If you forget to do so and need the name changed, contact us.

Other

Anything else not covered here…

… please feel free to contact us with your question.