Brushing Up on Your Photoshop Brushes

2018-03-29 6:00 PM - 2018-03-29 9:00 PM
Garfield Heights Library
5409 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125, United States
  • Speaker CDPUG Member, Gerry Shamray

Have you ever taken a good long look at what’s under the hood of a Photoshop brush? Sadly, many of us take them for granted when painting with pixels.

Learn how to tweak and customize brushes from the many settings at your fingertips. Even create an original brush from the family dog or cat just for the fun of it.

Find out what’s up with those hard to control bristle brushes or take advantage of the amazing mixer brush tool.

It’s time to brush up on Photoshop brushes.

Speaker Bio: From the moment Gerry Shamray got his first box of Crayola Crayons as a child, he’s been creating bright, colorful images and imaginative stories. The crayons may have been replaced by a Wacom tablet and mixed media but Gerry’s inventive imagination continues to be fresh and youthful.

Gerry is best known for his sketchy life-like drawings of Harvey Pekar in the comic book “American Splendor” that was later turned into a hit movie starring Paul Giamatti. He’s also worked with legendary comic strip artist/writer Tom Batiuk (“Crankshaft,” “Funky Winkerbean”) on the nationally syndicated strip, “John Darling.”

While working in the newspaper business as an artist and writer, Gerry has garnered over two dozen national and statewide awards. He also earned a regional Emmy early in his career while at WVIZ-TV.

Besides his published work, Gerry’s artwork has been shown in art shows, galleries and museums including the Cartoon Art Museum and as far away as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

His online portfolio is at and he’s on Instagram. He is always looking for new creative projects.

Gerry lives in Cleveland with his wife Tracy along with their cat, Pixel, and two dogs, Guinness and Copper. He loves to visit restaurants that leave crayons on their tables.

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    [caption id="attachment_5768" align="alignright" width="150"] Phil Stella[/caption]

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    Reception: 6:00 p.m.
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    To submit your entry or get more information, contact Spike Radway at

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    To see fantastic presentations from previous CDPUG Showcases, check out the CDPUG YouTube Channel.

    For more information or to sign up, please e-mail:


    Please help with an RSVP

    While an RSVP is not required for our members and guests to attend, it is strongly encouraged! We order our catered food, based on the number of RSVPs we receive. So, to make sure that we order enough food for all who attend, please RSVP at the following link: Click here to submit an RSVP. Thank you for your help!