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Banners And Scrolls Photoshop Shapes
Here's Stephanie with her latest Photoshop Banners And Scrolls Photoshop Shapes :
That’s right, I said SHAPES! These are the same as last week’s brushes set, but as Photoshop custom shapes.
So, for those of you out there that don’t use shapes much, what are the advantages? Well, for one, shapes can be stretched into any size and any proportion without any loss of quality. They’re vectors - or as close as Adobe Photoshop comes to them, anyway. So, they’re VERY small in size, as well. Look at the download size of the shapes, for example, compared to the brushes. 126KB VS 1.93MB. That’s a pretty hefty difference.
I’m branching out in the world, and custom shapes are my first stop. For those of you that love my brushes, don’t you worry your pretty little heads! I’ll still be making brushes, and plenty of them. I just thought I’d add a bit more variety to my resources.
For those of you that get addicted to shapes, I do have plans to make many of my vector brushes into custom shapes. So, keep your eyes open! I’m also looking to make some of my more popular sets as shapes, which means converting some of them into a vector format. So, we’ll see how that goes!
Photoshop Shapes Tip
Not sure how to install Photoshop’s custom shapes? Well, it’s almost exactly like installing Photoshop brushes. However, the file goes here:
Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop (version) > Presets > Custom Shapes
(wherever you installed Photoshop - usually Applications) > Photoshop (version) > Presets > Custom Shapes (Make sure you unzip the file!)
Then, to load them:
- open up Photoshop (if you saved them while PS is open, you’ll have to restart PS for them to show up automatically in the list)
- hit “U” to bring up your custom shape tool
- when you hover over that tool, it should say “Custom Shape Tool” - if it doesn’t, right click on that box and select it
- File > New (CTRL-N or CMD-N), and make it whatever size you want - 600 x 600 will do
- on the top bar, next to where it says “Shape:” click on the little arrow just to the right of that thumbnail to open the Custom Shape Picker
- then click on the small arrow on the upper right corner of that window
- the “SS-banners-scrolls” should show up for you in that list, so select it and hit “Ok” to replace
- you’ll now see the thumbnails of the banners and scrolls - click on whichever one you want to use
- just below your main menu, on the left side, you’ll see the tool preset picker and then three different options for how to use shapes - make sure that “shape layers” is selected (hover over them with your mouse to see what each of them is) - this will make sure that your shape is filled in, and not just an outline of a shape/path
- select the color that you’d like the banner or scroll to show up in as your foreground color
- on your canvas, drag from somewhere in the upper left corner down to the lower right - you’ll see the shape as it’s being created, and once you let go, it will create it
- TIP: If you want to keep the proportions the way that they were intended, hold SHIFT down while you’re draggging
Want More Free Photoshop Brushes?
We've collected the most recent of Stephanie's original brushes on a special Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes Page, with big preview images to give you an idea of each set. For her high resolution brushes, you can find a special collection on our high res brush page. Also see our Free Photoshop brushes Page for other places to find brushes.
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The Obsidian Dawn Photoshop Brushes Compilation CD features one of every single Obsidian Dawn brush set. That means that it contains 100+ brush sets and thousands of brushes. It is constantly updated with the latest releases, so that the CD includes all of the most recently released brush sets.
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