Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FREE PHOTOSHOP ARROWS and a TUTORIAL on how to use them!

I made some arrows for you guys to use on your pictures and blog posts and stuff. You can use these pretty much anywhere...  maybe your Christmas cards? I don't know! But either way, I love having an assortment of pngs to grab for my personal use, just as I'm sure you do too. 

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I get asked all the time how to actually USE some of the photoshop freebies that I make. Honestly, there are endless things you can do with them, but I figured the easiest and most useful way to use them is to make brushes out of them. Below is a step by step tutorial on how I make brushes in photoshop. Making a brush in photoshop (making your arrows into brushes) will allow you to make them other colors, and so you won't be just limited to black (but you totally can keep them black too if you wish!).

(If you're having trouble seeing any of the tutorial images, click on them to enlarge)
1. Open your image in photoshop (I use CS5) and then select the lasso tool.

2. Draw around your image with the lasso tool. This is selecting whatever is inside.

3. Then go to EDIT, and then COPY. This is copying everything that's inside the lasso tool.

4. Once copied, go to FILE, and then select NEW. You're now opening a new blank document.

5. Make sure the dimensions of your new document are what you want. I like to make mine super big just in case I need the space. Select OK.

6. Once your new document is opened, go to EDIT and then PASTE. This will paste everything you copied in the previous document.

7. Now, once the image is pasted, go to SELECT and then select ALL. This will select the entire image.

8. So you've selected everything, go to EDIT and then DEFINE BRUSH PRESET. This will make your brush!

9. Name your brush! I just named this one arrow. Select ok.

10. Now you can open a new document and go to your brushes menu. Your arrow brush will be there and you're good to go! 


This tutorial will work on just about any image that is solid black on a white or transparent background. Black images make the best brushes. Good luck! (P.S. For those that need to make a watermark for your photos, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO DO IT!)

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