OCTOBER 11, 2002
Weekly Download: Custom Shapes for Photoshop 7
Installing and using the shapes
To install the shapes, download and unstuff the file at the end of this article. Place the unstuffed "NagelSeries1Shapes.csh" file into your Custom Shapes folder (/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Custom Shapes). Launch Photoshop, and then select the Custom Shape tool from your Tool palette. Chick the Shape pull-down menu in the top tool bar, and then select the flyaway menu on the right. There you will see in the list of available Custom Shape archives the set you've just installed. Select it, and the shapes will be automatically appended to the shapes you already have installed. [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Alternately, if you don't see the shape file in the menu, just choose "Load Shapes" from the menu and find the file on your hard drive.
Now, Custom Shapes can hog up some of Photoshop's processing power, as I discovered during the creation of these shapes. So I recommend launching your Preset Manager (which you can access from the menu you used to load the shapes), selecting the shapes you don't want and deleting them. You can always load them up again later, if you decide you need them.
To use the shapes, select the Custom Shape tool from the Tool palette, and then choose the shape you want from the pull-down list in the top Tool Options bar. Also choose the method for drawing the shape in the top tool bar. Methods include Shape Layers, Fill Pixels and Paths.
There are other options in the top Tool Options bar, such as "Draw from Center," which will help when using these shapes.
All good? All right, you may now download the shapes. If you do not already have Aladdin's Stuffit Expander, you can download it free (Macintosh and Windows) from http://www.stuffit.com/expander/index.html. Otherwise you'll have to download the uncompressed version, since too many of you had problems with my Zip file last week. I don't even want to deal with the complaints about that, since you're getting this download and the Aladdin Expander are both free.
Stuffit Archive (1.8 MB): http://images.digitalmedianet.com/2002/10_oct/features/download2021011/NagelSeries1Shapes.csh.sit.
Uncompressed (3.8 MB): http://images.digitalmedianet.com/2002/10_oct/features/download2021011/NagelSeries1Shapes.csh.
Have fun with these, and, if you have any further questions, be sure to visit me in the Adobe Photoshop at http://www.wwug.com/forums/adobe_photoshop/index.htm.
Previous weekly downloads
Adobe Photoshop 7: Nagel Series 1 Brushes.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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