Art Nouveau custom shapes for Photoshop / Elements

Updated: January 27th, 2015

art nouveau shapes for Photoshop and elements CC CS4 CS6 CS2

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Art nouveau shapes for Photoshop (#53)

100 Art nouveau shapes for Photoshop CC CS4 CS1 CS5 CS3 CS2 CS6 elements 14 13 etc including swirls, hearts, tangles, mirror shapes and frames, curved, tiles, floral and many more. Beautiful turn of the century shapes.


CSH format - on purchase, you receive them along with documentation and gallery and serial


Commercial use, royalty free. The set is by Andrew Buckle (of The custom shapes can be used to create items for sale such as books, logos, web pages, web sites, packaging, backgrounds, coasters, posters, fashions and more.


They are easy to load and use via the shapes palette and can then be used with the custom shapes tool found in the toolbox. The shapes can also be used with the cookie cutter tool in PS Elements. The shape blur tool can also use them - it is one of the easiest and quickest ways to create the most amazing blur effects around simply by selecting the art nouveau shape in the filter dropdown. They can be re-sized, transformed, converted, exported, blended, modified, combined and more.



Art Nouveau custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements


combine with type and duplicated

You can combine them with type in many different ways. You can use them more than once.


fill with gradients

You can fill the artworks with all kinds of color such as gradients


art nouveau shape Photoshop mixed red and black

Mix of different art nouveau shapes for Adobe PS and others curly curved Vector graphics and they can be applied in any color (not just black and red above) - they are all vectors so they can be applied to any size, small or large (and anything in between)

Cookie cutter

The art nouveau 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 vector icon (which can be any of the CSH) as well as feathering and also crop (which will crop the entire document to the size of the vector shape). If the crop is not set to on then the artwork 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 applying the cookie cutter in PSE, you can constrain the item (width and height) as well as rotate and scale and shear transformations.


combo mixed curved  for  elements

They can be combined in millions of ways


Once you have the cookie cutter shape, you can always re-apply another cookie cutter to chop even more away from the path. You can use the end result as a wonderful source for strokes as well as patterns in PSE. You can also use visual effects to the cookie cutter.


art nouveau shapes for Photoshop and elements combined with text

They can be combined with text / type in millions of ways


If you want to have the original artwork as well as cookie cutter shape then before using the tool, duplicate the layer as many times as you wish and use the cookie cutter on those (in different locations if you wish) and you can then also combine those multiple cut layers using blending modes such as difference and darken and multiply. There are many videos on my youtube channel giving some uses for the cookie cutter


combined with images / tattoo

A quick tattoo using the art nouveau shapes (for Photoshop) with an image

Opening art nouveau Photoshop shapes

The CSH art nouveau shapes are loaded into Photoshop in a number of ways. In some versions of PS, you can use the open command (though this doesn't work every-time).


You can also double click the CSH presets, though you might find an issue with this if CSH is associate to a custom shell setting and not the CSH Photoshop format.


You can also right click the art nouveau shapes file and as long as the context menu is available, you should be able to open in Adobe PS. You can also place the CSH presets into the Photoshop presets 'custom shapes' folder and then access the shapes file by name via the right side menu to the shapes palette. You can also use the same menu to load and replace them. In some versions of PS, you can find the same menu in the preset manager.

Video tutorials

Create frames using the shapes video

Add surreal glows for Photoshop video

Applying glow styles to art nouveau shapes in Adobe PS CC video



art nouveau shape layers  transformed and duplicated

They can be used as a layer (on the left, a single shape) and then duplicated and placed to the right and flipped via the transform tools in Adobe PS - the layers can be warped, distorted, rotated, sheared etc

Adding strokes etc

You can use them as is, but you can also add a fill and stroke to the art. Use them as a layer and you will see the fill and stroke available at the top of the app. You can add a basic stroke such as black but you can also add a dashed line (by going to the stroke options and clicking the dashed line option and then setting the various dashes - or just use one of the limited range of presets)


basic line dash stroke with shadow

A basic stroke added with no dash etc but a shadow added via the layer styles

dots instead of dashes and pink

You can add dots as well as dashes, if you make the dashes small and round

You can also add a stroke by using the layer style dialog and the stroke can a solid color as well as gradient and pattern. You can also add this stroke to the same path if it has been converted to a smart object. The key thing with the smart object is that you can keep converting combinations of smart object and stroke into a new smart object which can have another stroke. Works well for a couple smart objects but imperfections often pop up and the stroke can end up looking a little rough.


multiple stroke smart object

Smart object with a stroke and a stroke added to that in Adobe PS. A black stroke and a red stroke. If only this was as good as the appearance palette in Illustrator where multiple fills and strokes etc can be added and edited quickly.

stroke smart multiple in Adobe PS

Multiple stroke and smart object combinations. Still ok but there is a certain crudeness to the stroke appearing by the third iteration, still gives a decent enough contour but I would love to see a contour feature included in Adobe PS (as with CorelDRAW, Xara etc)

combine multiple paths

You can also just add in the old path on top of all the smart objects and also add in styles / shadows to that as well. The smart object also has a smart filter blur added.