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Exciting CU4CU commercial use shapes / fonts / brushes / patterns etc for your projects - use the designs in Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, GIMP, QuarkXpress, Indesign, Flash, Illustrator, Painter etc PC and MAC at great prices
Updated: December 9th, 2013
For you ...
Yes, these resources are for you. Instead of spending time creating designs or part of a design, these designs are here for you. Now, at a great price, great choice. Use in most applications, in your favourite applications. They are quick and easy to use. We also have a lot of video tutorials to help you quickly add the designs and tools to your project. All the items on this site are by this site for that purpose. You can use the designs as many times and in as many ways as you like. And did I mention it, a really good price. And unique. Unique designs only from this site, you won't find them elsewhere.
Video tutorials on Photoshop shapes / fonts / brushes / patterns
Learn more about the Illustrator styles, Illustrator swatches, Illustrator brushes, Photoshop / psp brushes, Photoshop shapes, fonts etc via our video sections. We now have 600+ videos showing the installation and use as well as tons of creative and useful hints and tips on how to use the resources on this site as well as related material. All the videos are by me / educational videos. Please check them out via graphicxtras as well as graphicxtras1 (mainly shorter tutorial videos)
The videos on Photoshop shapes etc includes a lot of information such as how to install the shapes / brushes etc as well as how to apply them (such as via the Photoshop toolbox) as well as how to combine the shapes / brushes / patterns or blend them or how to re-color the shapes / brushes / patterns / fonts etc as well as how to create the fonts and how to delete the items. The videos also show many of the items included in the sets as well as details about the different versions of Photoshop and Illustrator and PSP. The videos also include many additional pieces of information such as about layer masks, transparency, 3D layers, how to transform designs, how to create crosses / polygon designs and much more. The videos are on youtube though there are also a few videos available via vidmeo as well. The videos are generally short (well, they are now - some of the older videos are a lot longer and perhaps the sound was not as good as it is now).
Resources for Commercial use / CU4CU - applications requirements for Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter etc
Depends on the set of course - most work fine on the PC (Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc) and MAC OS X (all versions of OS X)
Photoshop plug-ins: PC only
Illustrator plug-ins: Up to version CS5
Photoshop shapes: Photoshop CC (creative cloud) Photoshop CS6 - 6 as well as Photoshop 14.1 - 6 and also Photoshop Elements 12 - 1
Photoshop / PSP brushes: Photoshop CC Photoshop CS6 - 7 as well as Photoshop 14.1 -7 and also Photoshop Elements 12 - 2 and if including (unless stated) PNG format files then you can use those in PaintShop Pro (all versions), Photo-Paint (all versions), GIMP, etc
Photoshop / PSP patterns: Photoshop CC Photoshop CS6 - 7 as well as Photoshop 14/1 - 7 and also Photoshop Elements 12 - 2 and if including (unless stated) PNG format files then you can use those in PaintShop Pro X6 X5 X4 X3 X2 X1 9 8, Photo-Paint (all versions), GIMP, etc
Fonts : Photoshop CC Photoshop CS6 - CS1, 7-1, Photoshop 14.1-1, Illustrator 17-1, Indesign, Fireworks (all versions), Flash, Paintshop Pro (all versions), CorelDRAW (all versions), Publisher, Dreamweaver, QuarkXpress, CorelPainter etc (actually all applications)
Commercial use / CU4CU for Photoshop etc
You can use any of the designs on this site (once purchased) in virtually anything such as logos, packaging, creating items for sale, web pages, web sites, packaging, adverts, videos, mugs, ceramics, textiles, wallpaper, skateboards, surfboards, posters and much more
Selling graphicxtras shapes and brushes for Photoshop etc .. and make some money
You can, if you wish, sign up and sell some of our products via your site or blog or FB or .. well, it is quick and easy to signup. Any questions, please let us know. All the sale transactions are handled by secure shareit.com. They also handle the payments and send the money onto your bank account. It is 20% of each and every sale. Which I think is pretty decent. You can do as much or as little as you want. If you want to use some of the designs on these pages, please feel free to copy them and tweak them to use them with the shareit.com links
Adobe Creative Cloud
Most of our products work fine in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Brushes, custom shapes, patterns, fonts, displacement maps, patterns are all fine in Photoshop Creative Cloud and Illustrator Creative Cloud as well as other software applications. If they worked fine in CS4 CS5 etc then they work fine in CC. The Photoshop plug-ins, however, are for Creative Cloud but only for the 32bit PC versions. Illustrator plug-ins on this site are only for CS5 CS4 etc and will not work in CC, though the Illustrator brushes, shapes, / symbols etc will work fine. Adobe / USA / United States. With the Adobe Creative Cloud, the version numbers for Photoshop and Illustrator are now going to be a little more complex. All the items that work fine with Photoshop 14 work fine with Photoshop 14.1 and unless stated will probably work fine in Photoshop 14.2 Photoshop 14.3 Photoshop 14.4 etc and likewise for Illustrator 17 and Illustrator 17.1 and Illustrator 17.2 and Illustrator 17.3 etc. The key thing is that the application works on a particular platform, the resources used are generally supported for quite a while so unless Adobe release a totally different brushes system then it is quite likely the brushes will be supported fine for quite a while yet. It is also another reason why I have been creating my shapes and brushes and patterns with a more universal system of PNG format and TTF truetype font format to avoid any possible future issues with the resources. The only changes with Adobe Creative Cloud will be probably the approaches and certain tools within the application such as the removal of the variations tool (I miss that) and not the resources. The resources side of things will probably keep growing as I often wonder whether or not to start adding 3D features to my site as well as shapes and brushes etc. Plugins, as mentioned, are different as they are binary compiled libraries and they do rely on the host application and with the SDK changes it was not possible for me to continue (at present) the support for the Illustrator plugins.
As mentioned, the Photoshop plug-ins from graphicxtras.com are for use in 32bit mode only (PC). The plug-ins are still available via this site and can be used in the latest version (as well as earlier) of Photoshop, creative cloud. The latest versions of the plug-ins include many features such as 1) they can be used as smart filters so can be modified at any point in the creative process 2) Photoshop scripting 3) Photoshop actions 4) Most color modes 5) Use in different color channels 6) Presets 7) Vast amounts of randomization features for unique designs 8) Millions of post processing color gradient / blends. Recently, I have added a lot of new Photoshop plugin videos to the site and you can check those out on the individual pages. I created 1000+ Filter factory plugins known as 'Andrew's filters' and they were (and I suspect) still bouncing around the web on various sites in various forms. They used to be on the excellent Steve's Desktop Photography site. The 1000+ Filter factory plugins were created using the Filter Factory plugin tool. The plugins now are all based on the powerful FilterMeister tool. If you would like to create plugins for Photoshop etc then the FilterMeister tool is a great application to check out. My current favourite plugin tool is the powerful Filter Forge, it is currently on version 3 but there is a version 4 beta available. The application now includes over 9000 or so filters that can be added via it's site. The Filter Forge tool's filters can also be modified in 1000s of different ways and new plugin nodes / effects / modules can be added in seconds to create ever more unique plugin effects. The application is available as a separate tool and a plugin for a host such as Photoshop. I have created a number of my pattern sets using the powerful filters included in that plugin application.
The Illustrator plugins are for use on the PC and mac OS X. They are generally for CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10. There are no plans at present to update the existing ones to CC1 / CC7 but that might change. There are developments of plugins but they are different from the exisitng sets. The plug-ins include a wide range of different features such as manipulation of symbols, circular / windmill effects, paint on effects, spray / particle plug-in effects, grids, perspective grid tools and more. The plugins are all in standard AIP format and can be used either on the PC or MAC. The Illustrator plugins need to be installed simply by adding the AIP plugins to the plugins path of Illustrator and on startup Illustrator adds the plugins to the toolbox or the object menu filter. The Illustrator plugins are a mix of tools and can be used to manipulate existing paths as well as add additional paths to Illustrator. Even though I am currently not adding plugins to my site, there are still many companies developing and adding new Illustrator plugins to the application. One such company being Astute Graphics. Astute Graphics have now a number of superb plugins available and these are all available via their site. I regularly use the MirrorMe plugin from Astute Graphics along with VectorScribe, InkScribe, DrawScribe, Phantasm and others and they are totally recommended. I have also added many video tutorials on the subject of the Mirrorme plugin and VectorScribe. Personally, I think the Mirrorme plugin is probably the best Illustrator plugin available (though this depends on what you wish to achieve from the application, of course) and it is the one plugin from Astute that I would love to see ported into Photoshop as the tool would be a wonderful addition to that application. As many people are probably now using the Adobe Creative Cloud, most people are probably using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator so perhaps porting the MirrorMe plugin to Photoshop is now not such an issue. There have been many superb plugins for Illustrator available (many on this site!!) and sadly some that are no longer available. Until recently I used to continue to use Illustrator CS2 as well as the current version as many Illustrator plugins such as FilterIt, Vector Studio etc were available. I would suggest that you check out those wonderful plugins as well.
Custom shapes are a powerful feature of Photoshop and Photoshop elements, you can use them throughout the application. The Photoshop custom shapes have been part of the application since Photoshop 6 and they have had only minor changes since though a number of new features have been added to the shapes in recent versions, sadly nothing like the brushes palette. The custom shapes are in CSH custom shapes format. The shapes are loaded via the shapes palette in Photoshop as well as Photoshop elements and they are then available via the shapes tool and the cookie cutter tool (if using Photoshop elements). The best thing about custom shapes is that they are vectors, they can be any size. You can apply them as a vector and you can apply them as a raster image. The Photoshop custom shapes can be applied in any color, either a solid color as well as a gradient fill and pattern fill as well as combined in the form of a style. The Photoshop custom shapes can be applied once or multiple times, they can be distorted, warped, transformed, sheared. The Photoshop shapes can be modified by effects such as poster edges or oil paint (my favourite plugin feature of Photoshop) and much more. Please check out the video section for a vast range of tutorials on how you can use the Photoshop shapes to create all kinds of designs in Photoshop. The Photoshop custom shapes sets on this site include animal shapes, checkerboard shapes, zigzag shapes, abstract shapes, people shapes and many more.
The patterns for Photoshop are in standard PAT in many cases but most of the sets also include the same designs in PNG format (or JPG) and those can be used in countless applications such as PaintShop Pro X6 X5 X4 X3 X2 etc as well as GIMP, Xara, Painter and others. You can use them as patterns but they are also great sources for images as well as brushes and displacements and others. The pattern set designs are all seamless tiles and can be used to create designs of any size though if you use a small pattern tile, a large document will result in a lot of repeats of the tile. The pattern sets include Nutcracker Christmas patterns, truchet, star patterns, flower patterns, metaball patterns, cat patterns and many more. The patterns can be used in Photoshop in many ways such as via the layer menu new fill layer command (very useful as the patterns can be combined as well as re-scaled). The patterns can also be used with the powerful pattern stamp tool as well as via the layer effects / styles dialog as a pattern overlay, stroke patterns as well as textures in bevels. With the more recent versions of Photoshop, the patterns can be used with the custom shapes as fills and as strokes (which can be combined well with the layer styles). With the most recent version of Photoshop, you can now also use the pattern tiles in more amazing ways with the deco script feature found via the edit menu fill command (pattern option). Photoshop comes with a small number of deco scripts that can be used to fill patterns in even more amazing ways such as symmetry fills, brick fills and more. With the deco script option, it really helps if the pattern has transparency as the transparency means the pattern tiles can be layered on top of each other instead of being displayed as a single square dab. Many of the Photoshop patterns sets on this site contain transparency patterns so you can use them for amazing designs with the deco script / pattern feature.
Photoshop shapes and 3D
A really useful area for Photoshop shapes is 3D. This area was off limits for many as the 3D features were only available in the Photoshop extended application but as that is now available with Adobe Creative Cloud then 3D is available to all. Well, it would be if the 3D feature is active and enabled as you need at least 512 MB of video memory to use the powerful 3D features. If you have 3D active then you can use the 3D menu with the shapes to create a vast range of shapes which can be used within photoshop as well as exported as OBJ designs for use in applications such as Poser.
Custom shapes into brushes / patterns in Photoshop
Many of the sets I have created are available only in font and custom shapes format, so what do you do if you want the brushes form ?? or the design as a pattern. You can use the custom shape designs to create a one to one Photoshop brushes and Photoshop pattern. Apply the custom shape and then just use the define brush command or define pattern command in Photoshop (though there many limitations on the size of brush and pattern - as the shapes are vectors you can use them with any size of document). You don't have to stop there, you can create multiple shapes (either the same shape or different shapes) as well as multiple colors and multiple effects applied before creating the final Photoshop brush or Photoshop pattern. The key thing about the pattern, unless you want an abstract pattern with seams, is to avoid applying the Photoshop shapes over the seams of the image. You can use the Photoshop custom shapes to create a near infinite number of Photoshop brushes and Photoshop patterns. Personally, it is probably better to create the custom shapes designs and save the designs as a PSD file with all the vector designs etc intact and then use that file as a source for the Photoshop brushes etc as the Photoshop PSD file can be used at a later stage and can be modified over and over to create yet more Photoshop resources (even displacement maps perhaps). Also the Photoshop PSD files can be used in other applications and not just Photoshop, so the same Photoshop shapes can be used as a great source for amazing 3D designs as well as bump maps and more.
Photoshop gradients are a very useful and colorful feature of the resource kit of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It is, like Photoshop custom shapes, an area that I am certain Photoshop could do a lot more with. I would love to see more Photoshop gradient types added, even a repeat gradient feature would be a nice addition to the tool. Perhaps more auto-generation gradients as well such as adding 100 gradient stops with alternating color etc. Anyway, the Photoshop gradients are still a powerful feature of the application and can be used in many areas such as combined with Photoshop custom shapes, Photoshop brushes as well as patterns and even displacement maps and other features.
The preset shapes (pspshape files) all work wonderfully with the latest version of PaintShop Pro, X6. PaintShop Pro X6 or PSP 16 has now been updated to include a 64bit version, the 32bit and 64bit versions still work wonderfully well with the preset shapes on this site as well as the other resources such as the PSP brushes PNG and PSP Patterns PNG format and truetype fonts. Again, the best place to check for how to install the preset shapes / brushes etc is via our video sections. The PSP preset shapes are all vectors for any size of work. The preset shapes / brushes / patterns etc work well with many of the new features of X6 such as the graduated filter and the instant effects. To install the brushes into PSP, select the PNG files on this site via the file open command and then select the brush tool and select the PNG design and click the create custom brush button on the brushes palette. To install the patterns into PaintShop Pro, simply add the patterns to the patterns folder (which can be set via the preferences). Load the truetype font files via the type / text tool as you would with any font such as verdana or times new roman
Of course, they are easy - but that is the case if you know where to look or even realise they are there as there is no tool called Hexagon shapes tool. The hexagon shapes can be created via the polygon tool, set the sides to 6 and apply with the star option turned off (the rounded corner option seems less than usual). The video shows the creation of a hexagon shape - the shapes can be saved as a custom shape. The hexagon shape is then duplicated and the top layer is re-sized to smaller than the original shape and then the two shapes are combined to create a hollow hexagon shape. The hexagon shape can be varied (smaller or bigger inner hexagon shapes etc). The hexagon shape is duplicated and combined with multiple copies to create a hexagon grid or honeycomb design.
Using type in Photoshop is fairly easy but in many cases, it is just as easy to convert any selected text into custom shapes. Especially so with the font sets on graphicxtras.com which are 99% decorative designs. Convert the type into a shape is fairly easy via the type menu. Once converted, the shape can be defined as a custom shape only once the shape has been selected by the direct selection tool. Personally I find the custom shape tool a lot easier to manipulate than type. The custom shape can also now have fills and strokes and other settings applied plus it can also be saved to a new custom shape library and quickly re-used in any future projects.
OK, perhaps not a key thing to know but this video came about as I have been exploring the JSX Pattern scripts that come with Photoshop CC. The scripts are amazingly useful but a search on the web for the keywords pattern scripts Photoshop barely brings up a thing and certainly only a few variant scripts and a useful interface feature. Why?? this is one of the best additions to Photoshop in ages and yet there is little beyond the default documentation available. Anyway, to use the pattern scripts, simply go to the edit menu fill command and select pattern and then set scripts on and select cross weave option. The cross weave pattern script alternates the pattern by column and row. The video really doesn't use the alternate weave feature as the pattern used is a basic circle. The thing that I like about the pattern script is that each pass or dab or render of the pattern varies the color of pattern and this creates a very subtle colorful dot pattern from a basic dot. To bring out the color, I further used the vibrance feature in the image menu (twice - why apply an effect once if it can be applied twice). One of the most powerful tools in Photoshop CC (for me anyway) is the oil paint filter and this is then applied to smear the color of the dot filled design. I could have finished at this point but I continued on with additional Photoshop effects such as poster edges and that was then further smeared using the oil paint filter. The color of the dots were then further modified using the hue / saturation command - sometimes red or green or blue dots are just not enough.
There are, like most things in Photoshop, probably a thousand ways to create a chevron shape in Photoshop (and of course, there are also a lot of different chevron designs to choice). In this video, I have gone for combining a couple of shapes and then removing the middle part of the shape to reveal the chevron shape. The chevron shape is created using a base rectangle and the addition of a triangle above the rectangle. The triangle and rectangle shapes are united and the shape components merged. The shape is then duplicated via the ALT key and then shape is subtracted from the original (after being slightly offset). The chevron shape is then used with the define pattern command in Photoshop to create a chevron pattern. The chevron pattern can then be further modified by using the chevron pattern as a smart object, such as adding styles. This video, like all the others on the graphicxtras channel on Youtube was by me -hopefully useful ?? I never know. Luckily I enjoy creating videos.
The polar grid tool is fairly overlooked (as with the flare tool). It can be used to create a variety of interesting designs such as rings, concentric circles, slices, colorful filled grids and more. The polar grid in Illustrator can be combined, effects can be applied, the designs can be exported, the polar grids can be warped and transformed and much more. Read about some of the features of the polar grid tool via the article link above.
The flare tool is probably one of the more ignored tools in Illustrator (CC CS6 or CS5 etc) but it a gem and really should be checked out and tried and explored. The flare tool can be found under the rectangle tool in the Illustrator toolbox. It is a two part tool in that you create the initial flare and then the rings, can't think of any other tool that works this way in Illustrator. The rings can be applied in any direction away from the initial flare (which cannot be totally removed, which I find odd - there really should be a checkbox to remove the initial flare and just leave the rings. Find out more about the flare tool via the article link above
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The other software in question are all from Astute Graphics: MirrorMe, VectorScribe and DrawScribe.
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