Using work paths in Photoshop.. is
very handy...you can make frames, stitching around frames,
frame borders, borders around
You can use any shape for the
selection... any shaped brush
For this first exercise I will be
using just a plain round brush and a rectangle selection
I am using Photoshop CS 3 Extended.
#1. File/New settings are
#2. Pick your rectangular Marquee
Tool (selection tool)
#3. First draw out your rectangle
shape.. it will just be the selection of a shape. We have to
first adjust your brush so that it
will be stroked right on the selection.
#4. Click your Brush tool on the
left tool bar.. then on the right.. click the brush Icon, it looks
like a container with brushes in it.
The brush options box comes up.
Highlight the Brush Tip Shape,(its in blue there) on the bottom
right of that box is the
Spacing adjustment. slide it till
you like the spacing of the brush. For a 125 pixel brush... I set my
spacing to 90%.
No need to change any of the other
#5. Go to your working image with
the rectangle selection on it.. On the palettes on the right.. click
the Paths tab.
On the above image first click the
3rd button from the right.. when you hover your mouse on it.. it
Make work path from selection...
Next click on the layers tab and make a new layer.. that way the
stroke will be on its own layer.
Click back on the Paths tab
then click the 2nd button I
show.. 2nd button from the left.. hover mouse pointer on it and
it says, Stroke path with brush.
Your image should look like mine
does on the one below. This is how you use the selection method..
You can do this around anything..
as you know anything can be selected. In the below sample... I did
the round dots
around a heart.. then I used a
stitch brush and did a work path around the inner part of the
heart (I just selected the heart
and contracted the selection
like 15 pixels added a new layer and went through the steps to do
the work path...in a dark blue)
Then I did the stitching around the
dots selecting the previously made dots that I did in the above
steps.. (I contracted the selection
4 pixels then did the work path
with a stitch brush... same I used for on the heart except I made
the stitches smaller.)
There is no limit to how you can do
things.. I realize that Photoshop seems to be harder to work with
than PSP.. but its
very doable, I learned and If I can
do it.. ANY one can lol..SO worth learning to work in Photoshop.
Really in all honesty
Photoshop is WAY better in most things than PSP..
BUT I still love my PSP and
wont stop working in it too. Most Photoshop tutorials are very
technical , intimidating.. and not at all
like PSP tutorials... I am trying
to write a few Photoshop tutorials that are like my PSP tutorials.
There is a good reason why
professionals use Photoshop... the difference in an $80 program
(PSP) and a $700+ program..
Hope you liked the tutorial...
(please feel free to contact me.. if you have any questions
tutorial... or I made a total
mess of it and you don't understand..)
Toodles till next time!!!