Last Modified : August 9th, 2015
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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 graphicxtras.com). 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.
PC & MAC.
Opening art nouveau Photoshop shapes
The CSH artworks are loaded into PS 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 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 presets 'custom shapes' folder and then access the 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.
Adding the art nouveau shapes for Photoshop
You can add them as a layer and as a path and as a fill. They each have their uses. the layer is probably the most flexible in that it can be used with a fill and a stroke and as a vector it can be rotated and transformed and warped etc as well as combined with other layers and the points can be modified by the direct selection tools as well as copied to Illustrator and edited there and used again in PS. A path can also be modified and can be transformed etc but it does not have a fill or stroke but it can be quickly turned into a selection and then filled with gradients etc and it can also be used with the new render features such as flames and trees. You can also use them as fills and they cannot be easily transformed unless you add them to a layer (it would be a useful addition to the fill if the item could be resized and rotated before adding) but you can use them with the blending modes and opacity and they can be used once or multiple times. You can also add the fills to a layer and turn them into a smart object and much more. You can use all the turn of the century artworks / floral artworks in 1000s of ways and combine them with smart filters and effects and adjustment layers and drawing tools to create all kinds of work. If you are using the PSE tool, you can also use them with the cookie cutter
Video tutorials / art nouveau Photoshop shapes
Create frames using the shapes video / Add surreal glows for Photoshop video / Applying glow styles to art nouveau shapes in Adobe PS CC video You can also find many other tutorials about the vectors via our graphicxtras channel where you can see how to load them, how to distort them, use them as layers, use them with patterns and gradients, use them as a source for brushes, use them as a source for displacements and distortions, how to export them and use them in other apps such as Illustrator, how to use them with blending modes, how to create multiple items, use in scripts and much more. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will try and create a number of videos on the subject
Adding strokes etc to the art nouveau Photoshop shapes
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). 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.