From time to time, when I’m creating a post in Photoshop, I like to use hand-drawn arrows to dress things up. I enjoy the fun, playful feeling they give…and of course (seeing as they are arrows) they are great for pointing out details that you want to be sure that nobody will miss. So today I thought I’d share a set of them that I made over the weekend. They were created in Photoshop CS3, so as far as I know (I’m not very techie when it comes to these things) you’ll need the same version or higher in order to use them. I’ve put together two little screencast videos to hopefully make everything nice and clear. (bonus: if you play a drinking game for every time I say “um”in the videos you’ll be nice and saucy by the end).
The first clip shows tips on loading the brushes in Photoshop (if you’re unfamiliar with the process), and the second one shares a couple ideas on how to use the brush set. If you’re already comfortable with Photoshop, then feel free to just scroll on down for the download and dive right in.
Tip: I suggest using the fill screen button (at the bottom of the page) to view the videos, so that it is sized correctly for the computer that you are using.
If you’re new to Photoshop brushes, I’ve have a few simple pointers on using them to pass on. Please let me know if you need me to clear up any steps. Again, I’m not very savvy when it comes to the technical side of Photoshop, but I should at least be able to get you going with this brush set.
LOADING PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES:
- Scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the download button
- Double click on the file once it has downloaded onto your computer. This should automatically load the brushes into your brush library.
- If that doesn’t work, open photoshop > Window > Brushes
- When the Brushes palette opens click on the tiny triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the palette
- Select load brushes from the menu box that opens > select the arrow brush file from your computer (file name cc_arrow_brushes.abr) > click ‘load’
- Your brushes will now appear in the brush palette library
Now that you have your brushes, here area a few ideas on how to use them: Arrows are great for highlighting details on a post or image.
You can also use them to create a decorative pattern like this.
BRUSH USING TIPS:
- You will need to use a new layer to get started using your brushes.
- I recommend using a new layer for each brush that you want to use on your page, that way they will be easy to edit individually.
- You can change the opacity of your arrows (allowing more or less of the background to show through them). To do this make sure you have selected the brush tool, toggle the opacity and flow percentages in the very top menu bar before stamping down your chosen arrow. Once you have the opacity looking how you like, apply your brush anywhere you’d like on your page.
If you have any awesome photoshop tips to share, I would love for you to chime in below. I’ve taught myself photoshop, so I’m sure there are more technically correct ways of doing things…but if you’re up for sharing, I’m always happy to learn. xo Ez
Important fine print stuff: These photoshop brushes were created for personal non-commercial use only. They are not to be distributed or sold. If you’d like to share them, please link to this post and don’t host the file yourself. Thanks for your support. You’re the bees knees!