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Updated: July 29th, 2014

arches custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements

Arch custom shapes for Photoshop gallery CSH (V74)

240 Arch and bridge custom shapes (for Photoshop CC CS5 CS6 CS2 CS3 CS4 CS1 2014 Elements includes bridge custom shapes, column custom shapes, distorted custom shapes, outlined arch custom shapes, Islamic custom shapes, temple motifs, double arch shapes, rows etc. Access via the shapes palette load / replace commands. You can use any of the Photoshop arch shapes to create items for sale such as logos, greeting cards, posters, documents, illustrations, fashions, ceramics, textiles, shoes, magnets and much more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. The custom shapes can be applied as shapes, selections / paths and fill pixels. The shapes can be used as a source for amazing new arch brushes as well as arch patterns and displacements and glass effects. The arch shapes can be re-colored via the Photoshop toolbox as well as via the shapes options (in the latest version) with easier access to the fill and stroke options for the shapes. The Photoshop arch shapes can be combined, distorted, blended, warped, transformed and much more. Use as cookie cutters in PSE.

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Arches vector shape design for Photoshop

Arch shapes for PSP, etc gallery PDF (V25)

200 Colorful arch shapes for Adobe ® Photoshop, Adobe IND, Adobe Illustrator, Apple Pages, PS Elements, Xara and many other applications - all the arch shapes are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat vector format). You can also convert the PDFs from the stored PDF to JPG and PNG for use in many other applications. The arch shapes for Adobe PS and others are for commercial (CU4CU) use - use to create items for sale such as books, logos, ceramics, mugs, posters, mobile phone covers, e-reader covers, adverts, skateboards, fashions, ceramics etc. Load the arch shape PDFs via the open command of Photoshop as well as the place command. Once loaded, the shapes can be used as design elements as well as layers. The arch shapes can be re-colored, modified, blended, combined, exported to other applications and much more. The arch PDF shapes (for Adobe PS and others) are all Vector graphics for any size of work.

arches PDF vector shape design for Photoshop, Adobe IND

Arch PDF shapes for PSP, Elements etc gallery (V24)

200 colorful PDF shapes for use in Adobe PS and PS Elements as well as Adobe IND, CorelDRAW, GIMP, Xara and others. Many different colorful arch shapes (for Adobe PS and others) are included such as jewel arch shapes, triangular arch shapes, column arch shapes, shadow arch shapes and many more. The arch shapes for Adobe PS and others for PDFs are all in Adobe Acrobat format (this can be easily converted to PNG and JPG etc for use in other applications - you can find many free conversion tools for PDF to JPG etc formats on the web). To use the arch shapes in Adobe PS, use them via the open command and the place command. Commercial (CU4CU) use Vector graphics, all by graphicxtras.com for use to create items for sale such as books, logos, stairs, pyramids, adverts, posters, jewels, mobile phone covers and more.

Arch shapes for Photoshop, PSP, Elements etc


arch shapes Photoshop CC CS3 CS5 CS4 etc mixed artwork vectors


Arch Photoshop shapes - many mixed artwork included (they are vectors for any size of work)

Editing the PDF vector shapes in Adobe PS


arch pdf import designs vectors for Photoshop and elements CC CS3 CS5


The above example shows an import dialog box for Adobe ® Photoshop.

This appears when you select any of the PDF Vector graphics 'arch shape' - you can set the size for the design such as 10000 x 10000 pixels or perhaps set in cm or inches. You can also set the color for the arch design as well as the resolution. The design is then cast in stone size-wise. A better option is to use the open as smart object option found in the file menu - you can then re-size the image via the image menu image size command 100s of times without causing any issues to the sharpness of the design - as a smart object, the design remains in the original format as a vector arch shapes PDF design and can be edited and resized with ease. The smart object arch design can also be re-colored in seconds as well as have Photoshop filters applied to the design.


You can also use the place command to import the design and the PDF arches designs remain as vectors and can be modified and edited again as a vector (and edited in Adobe AI).


With recent versions of Photoshop, more and more options can be applied to arch smart objects - such as the arch PDF Vector graphics - and with a CS6 update of the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can now use the blur gallery with the PDF Vector graphics. The blur gallery can also be combined with many other effects and the arch design remains editable at any point in the creative process.


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The above example shows one of the arch design as a smart object.

The smart object can be edited (in the case of the above, in Adobe AI) and the contents can also be exported or changed. You can also use the new smart object via copy command to create multiple examples of the same design. If you select export contents command then the image can be saved as an AI document. The replace command allows you to modify the Photoshop arch shape decorative graphic from one PDF file to another - so a different arch can be selected and added quickly to the design with the same location and all the same effects still applied. One odd feature is that there is no connection between the design created in the new smart object via copy command (which sounds a bit odd as there is no actual copy but more a duplication of the arch smart object). Editing the duplicated design does not update the original design, there appears to be no connection between the objects (and that would have been a nice feature say if you have multiple smart object designs and you want them to simultaneously update)

How to convert the shapes as PNG TIFF etc files / export

The arch custom shapes are in standard custom shapes Photoshop (version 6) CSH. You can't use the CSH in other applications so what can you do if you want to use the arch shapes in other applications. Well, if the other application is Illustrator then it is fairly easy as you can apply the arch shape as a vector shape layer or path and then just copy that design from Photoshop and paste into Illustrator and the arch shape can then be saved as an AI vector format. You can also use the arch shape layer and save that via the export command in Adobe PS. The shapes can also be saved as a vector via the PDF file format and also PSD format file. If you want to save the arch shape as a raster format file then simply apply the arch shape as a fill pixel design (via the top menu bar) and then save that design to PNG via the save command (you can also save the design as a TIFF etc file as well). You can also use visual effects etc to create even more shape decorative graphics for other applications. If you apply the shape to a layer and then delete the background and then save the arch design as a PNG image you can save the shape transparency for loading in other applications (useful for Painter as well as PSP and other applications). There are probably many additional ways to export the arch shapes - great for all kinds of applications

Perspective warp and custom shapes and PDF

The arch shapes as well as any other shape can be distorted using the perspective warp. If you create a shape layer and then go to the edit menu and try and select the perspective warp, it is disabled. You can get around this by going to the layer menu and converting the design into a smart object and then go back to the edit menu and use the perspective warp, it works. You can then add pins to the design in the layout option. You can create basic layouts and you can create grids and vertical cutting designs as well as disjointed warp layouts (not sure there are any limits to the number of pins you can add - though I suspect there is one). Once you have finished adding the pins, click the warp option and distort the custom shape (still a vector and still editable) in numerous ways by moving the pins to the right and left and up and down etc. Click OK to apply the warp. As the shape is a smart object and the smart filter perspective warp is still active, you can still modify the underlying shape decorative graphic (or replace the contents). You can also re-apply the smart object and create a smart object made up of the shape and perspective warp and then warp that as well (and repeat if you wish). Layer styles etc can also be applied. The PDFs can also be warped in the same way (if placed they are smart objects already)


arch shapes for Photoshop mixed color designs CC CS3 CS2 CS1


Mixed arch Photoshop shapes - the designs can be any color such as red etc

Cookie cutter in PSE

The arch custom shapes can be used as standard shapes in Elements but they can also be used as cookie cutters as well. Select the cookie cutter tool and then you will see the various options on the top options bar such as the design (which can be any of the vector CSH presets) as well as feathering and also crop (which will crop the entire document to the size of the vector graphic). If the crop is not set to on then the design is just placed in the original location (feathered or not) with the full document and all the image outside of the cookie cutter removed. While using the cookie cutter in PSE, you can constrain the proportions of the design as well as rotate and scale and shear. Once you have the cookie cutter shape, you can always re-apply another cookie cutter to cut even more away from the design. You can use the result as a wonderful source for strokes as well as patterns. You can also use visual effects to the cookie cutter design. If you want to have the original image as well as cookie cutter shape then before using the tool, simply duplicate the layer as many times as you wish and use the arch cookie cutter design on those (in different locations if you wish) and you can then also combine those multiple cut layers using blending modes such as difference to create some truly stunning designs. There are many videos on my youtube channel giving some ways to use the tool.


arch shapes for Photoshop and elements combined with text


The Photoshop arch shapes can be combined with text in 1000s of ways

Editing arch PDFs in Adobe AI

I have been talking about editing the arch shapes in Adobe PS but a key thing about the PDF, you can use it in many different applications - it is a pretty universal format on both platforms (and beyond - I assume you can also edit the PDF documents on Linux and in GIMP and Inkscape). The arch PDFs can be edited in Adobe AI as well as Xara and others. An example of an arch design in Adobe AI below.


pdf arch in illustrator mixed color designs vector shape


Editing in Adobe AI is easy, simply release the clipping mask for the opened design and then modify the individual paths.

You can shift the designs, warp them, distort, re-color, add additional paths or remove paths and much more. As the designs are definitely vectors in Adobe AI, you can manipulate the design in countless ways and it will still be as sharp and hi-impact in Adobe PS or PSP. You can edit the individual paths by using the isolation mode (double click the design) so the paths can be scaled etc as below. The arch designs can be used as is but you should definitely see them as just a starting point for millions of different and unique graphics (as below)


scaled arch design shape for Photoshop and elements CC CS3 CS4


Re-color individual paths / shapes in Adobe AI

Free arch Photoshop shapes

Commercial use, royalty free arch shapes in CSH for use in Adobe PS and others. Free arch shapes download