SEPTEMBER 19, 2003
Weekly Download: Custom Shapes for Photoshop, Series 5
15 decorative mesh shapes
by David Nagel
Download and installation
This week's collection is compressed using Stuffit from Aladdin Systems. The Stuffit Expander is a free utility for Macintosh, Linux, Windows and Solaris that can be downloaded here. Chances are you already have it on your system. If not, download and install it. You can also configure your browser to decompress files of the ".sit" type automatically using Expander.
Download: NagelSeries5Shapes (1.3 MB)[an error occurred while processing this directive]After you've downloaded and expanded this set, move it to the Custom Shapes directory within your Photoshop Presets folder.
Launch Photoshop, and open up your Preset Manager (Edit > Preset Manager). Choose the flyaway menu on the top right, and you should see this set of shapes listed in the menu. Or simply choose the Custom Shape tool; click on the flyaway menu; and select the set of shapes you wish to load. They will then be available to you every time you launch Photoshop.
Now keep in mind that these shapes--as with all custom shapes--can add some serious overhead to Photoshop. So play around with these, decide which ones you'd like to have ready access to, and then delete the rest using the Preset Manager. (Trust me, you don't want extra shapes cluttering up your presets. You can always add the less-used ones again later on, if you wish.)
To use these shapes, simply choose the Custom Shape tool in Photoshop, and then select the shape you wish to use from the pull-down menu in the top Tool Options bar. The shapes can be applied as pixels, paths or shape layers.
That's all there is to it. If you have any questions, be sure to visit me in our Adobe Photoshop forum located here.
And now, as promised, here's our complete list of Photoshop downloads all in one convenient location:
Series 12 (hair and fur brushes): http://www.creativemac.com/2003/08_aug/features/download43030828.htm
Series 11 (clouds and jet trails):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/08_aug/features/download41030811.htm
Series 10 (bristle brushes):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/07_jul/features/download39030725.htm
Series 9 (squiggle brushes):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/07_jul/features/download36030707.htm
Series 8 (nature themes):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/05_may/features/download31030530.htm
Series 7 (textured brushes):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/05_may/features/download29030516.htm
Series 6 (background brushes):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/04_apr/features/download25030418.htm
Series 5 (distress effects):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/02_feb/features/download17030214.htm
Series 4 (assorted, including spirographic):http://www.creativemac.com/2003/02_feb/features/download16030207.htm
Series 3 (textured):http://www.creativemac.com/2002/12_dec/features/download10021213.htm
Series 2 (natural media):http://www.creativemac.com/2002/10_oct/features/download4021025.htm
Series 1 (cloth, rags, rollers):http://www.creativemac.com/2002/10_oct/features/download1021004.htm
Title/Action Safety Generators:http://www.creativemac.com/2002/11_nov/features/download8021122.htm
Border Effects 1:http://www.creativemac.com/2003/06_jun/features/download32030606.htm
Lighting Effects 1:http://www.creativemac.com/2002/12_dec/features/download9021206.htm
Shapes, patterns and textures
And remember, you can find all of our weekly downloads crammed into our Features archive.
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, Mac OS, 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 email@example.com.
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