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Arc shapes gallery (#126) 100 Stunning curved arc shapes / artworks for Adobe ® Photoshop ® CC 2015 2014 CS3 CS4 CS5 CS6 etc Elements Set includes many different works are included in the set such as stars, frames, letter themed arc shapes, tribal, rounded, cris cros, eye themed, thick, thin, outlines, tattoo and many more.
CSH format. They can be loaded into PS via the open command or via the presets panel or via the preset manager command (though this varies from version to version of the application). PC and MAC OS X.
Commercial use, royalty free, no time limits. You can use them to create items for sale. Use them to create books, logos, frames, patterns, brush strokes, adverts, tutorials, packaging, videos, costumes, skateboards, business cards and more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com.
On purchase of the arc shapes set, you receive the CSH set along with documentation and gallery and serial and this is sent via shareit.com who supply and deal with all our transactions securely.
Photoshop arc shapes gallery (#159) 100 Wow arc shapes / artworks in vector format CSH for Adobe ® Photoshop ® and PS Elements (all versions). The set includes rounded, mottled, warped, crinkly, dotted, thin, double, eye themed and many more.
Arc shapes for Photoshop gallery (#181) 100 Arc shapes in CSH includes embossed, dotted, dash, shadow, extruded, cut off, calligraphic and others.
They can be used in commercial as well as personal use. They are all royalty free. No restrictions are imposed. You can use them world wide, you can use them without time limits, no credit is required either. You can use them to create books, web pages, scrap booking items, create items for sale, create items for Zazzle.com, textiles, videos, illustrations, leaflets, carpets, fabrics, books, illustrations, videos, t-shirts, pants, CD covers, web pages, web illustrations, comics and much more. Any questions about their use, please contact us via our contact page (email, twitter etc)
You can also find a number of our other sets such as arc brushes and others as well as the font sets for use in most applications
They are supplied in standard format CSH. You can open them in a number of ways in PS and PS Elements. The easiest way has to be to double click the CSH file and the set will be loaded into the application though this does depend on the file assocition with the set. You can also right click context menu and select the open with command which will then offer a range of apps to use and some of them will be ok ones and some will be ones that baffle to why they have ended up in the list. Another option to opening the set is to add the CSH to the presets folder for PS and PS Elements and then access the set by name via the preset panel right side menu. You can also use the same menu to use the load and replace commands in PS to add the vectors to the current panel. You can also do much the same via the edit menu preset manager feature. No other applications really use CSH but you can find a few viewer tools such as the Amazon Blue plugin set and also the Tumasoft Preset viewer breeze which opens CSH
As I use the CSH tool most days of the week, It has always been a 'slight' hassle that the CSH tool has been tucked benath the rectangle in the toolbar (or toolbox as I used to call it). With the latest 2015.1 release you can now change all that and if the CSH tool is your main tool in the toolbar then you can stick the tool right at the top and no more rectangle tool (well, you can leave it on the toolbar or just dump it in the extra section but I also use the rectangle quite a bit as well). You can set up a selection of presets for the toolbar as well say all your rectangle / ellipse etc or perhaps a set for the brush tools or perhaps the vector / anchor points / direct selection etc
The arc shapes for Photoshop in the set were all created initially in Illustrator and the arcs were developed by using a variety of pen tools such as the excellent Astute graphics' Vectorscribe plugin set and they were used to manipulate the points of the artwork to create a variety of different and unique curved work. The artworks were also duplicated and then combined in a variety of ways to create even more as well as the artworks being combined with other paths such as circles and stars to add some pizzazz to the paths. All the art was then added to the artboards in Illustrator and cleaned up (to my very exacting standards - ok, perhaps not as exacting as some designers) and then copied over to Photoshop and then they were added to the presets panel by using the edit menu define command. Once in the panel, they were then all saved as a new and unique CSH file for use in your projects.
They are vectors - you can apply them as a layer (remains as a vector) or path (vector) and pixel (raster) but if used as a pixels can be set to any size - though as soon as they set in the raster format, they cannot be easily re-sized. As Vector graphics, they can be copied over to Illustrator and other vector applications and manipulated by the vector tools in those applications (especially useful being the Mirrorme tool and VectorScribe plugin from Astute Graphics)
They can be used with the powerful perspective warp tool (found in the edit menu). To use, you must convert the artwork into a smart object (via the layer menu). You can then apply the perspective warp found in the edit menu in Adobe ® Photoshop ®. The tool uses two steps to modify the item, a layout and a warp. You can apply the layout grids in numerous ways such as up and down, disjointed, from left to right, in a grid etc (sadly you cannot save the pins for future use). You can then click the warp and use the defined pins to warp and distort them in countless ways. Click OK to process the warp for the selected smart object You can re-edit the perspective warp which is still active. If you wish to apply an additional perspective warp then you can turn the combination of perspective warp and vector into a smart object (via the layer menu) and use the warp on that (and this can be repeated over and over)
You can find all our videos via our graphicxtras channel on youtube. You can find out how to mottle / distress them, how to distort them, combine with text, load them, use as paths, use as layers, how to re-color, how to combine them into patterns and much more. If you would like to see a video about this particular set, please contact us and I will try and create a video or two or three on the subject in Adobe ® Photoshop ® CC 2014 or perhaps earlier (I don't have all the versions of PS active) A video showing how to create a mottled vector decorative graphic [Youtube]
You can use the arc shapes in three modes, well four or five or actually more if you convert them. They can be used as a layer, as a path and as a pixel. For the first two, they are vector graphics and can be manipulated in many ways as a vector (though the best application to alter the paths is probably Illustrator). The layer can be used with styles as well as smart objects (as can the pixel option). The pixel option is a raster format and can be combine with layers (if using an existing or new layer) or just on the background. The path option looks the least promising but it can be used to great effect with strokes as well as patterns. If you are using PSE, you can also use them as a great source for the cookie cutter tool, the artworks displayed in the panel are exactly the same The layers and paths can be transformed in 1000s of ways, the pixel option can still be transformed but any changes will probably degrade the final image. The path option is great for creating selections and this is done via the path panel.
The pixel option is superb for creating elaborate masks by entering quick mask mode via the toolbox and using them over and over to create truly complex masks (and selections). So, how do you select the path etc options? Top bar / options of the tool (top of the screen). It is now a dropdown in Adobe ® Photoshop ® CC 2014 2015 and recent versions, previous versions used buttons to change modes.
The arc shapes can be used as is but you can modify them in a non destructive way by using the layer masks feature found in the Photoshop. Add a shape layer and then go to layer menu and layer mask and reveal command. Select a brush and set the color to black or gray and set the size of the brush stroke and then go to the layer panel and then select the layer mask (next to the thumbnail image of the layer) and then go to the image and add the brush strokes to that (varying the size and color etc). You can use the mask to mottle the vector design or perhaps remove half or parts of the arc shape. You can also add fades to the layer mask by using gradients such as black to white or perhaps use more interesting black white black etc alternating gradients. Use different types of gradients to create interesting layer masks and in turn, different resulting vector artworks which can then be flattened into the other layers as required.