Sunday, October 19, 2008

Stroke With a Brush Actions for PS/PSE!

When I bought CS3 one of my favorite features is the ability to stroke a path with a brush. You create a work path and press stroke with brush and viola - your brush stroke is created in the shape of your path! And I was discouraged that this was not available in PSE because it is such a great feature. Everything I read when researching writing actions for PSE said that paths were not available in PSE. But I remembered that several of the Atomic Cupcake actions I have purchased in the last year for PSE required you to load a specific brush before running the action. I looked into the guts of these actions in CS3 and the commands make a path and stroke with brush were in the actions created for PSE so they HAD to be available, because these actions work flawlessly in PSE6. So I set out to write and test a set of simple actions that will work in PSE. They work best with brushes that are "directional", like my stitches brushes, frayed fabric brushes, and zipper brushes. However, they will also work if you use any brush, you will want to adjust the spacing on the brush before you run the action. Here's an example of the action using a simple 100 pixel hard round brush with the spacing adjusted to 100%. The brush stroke is created on it's own layer so you can add layer styles to them! I added Wow Plastic White to this one:Example

This action has been tested in CS3, PSE5, PSE6, and PSE7. I have grouped the three actions into one for the PSE7 Guided Edit area to be played in the Action Player. The three actions are "Exact", "Contract", and "Expand". The Contract and Expand actions will prompt you to enter a pixel value.

I hope you can use this little action! It is a time saver for even seasoned PS users! If you have PSE4, please let me know if this works in your program.

SC_StrokeWithBrushPreview

Download the Stroke with a brush Actions for Photoshop/PSE HERE

44 comments:

DeliciousScraps said...

Wow!! Thank so much Deb!! These are perfect!! I only have PS not PSE, but I definitely will use the contract/expand one over and over and over again lol

Thanks so much.

Hugs,
~Anna

twoboyz00 said...

Wow, this is fabulous! I had just figured out the other day that there was no way to stroke with a particular brush in PSE, and was really bummed out. I have a script to do this in PSP, and I'm so excited that you have created this one for PSE. Thank you so much for sharing!

EAL Designs2 said...

looks awesome Deb, saddly I can't use it but that pearl oval you did is stunning!!
hugs, Lisa

Secret Garden said...

This is great!!! if I could hug you right now I would! lol

Brenda said...

You are the BOMB! These actions are GREAT! They work in PSE3 and PSE4 for Mac. I would guess they'll work on PSE6 for Mac, too, I just haven't tried it yet.

I never even knew I wanted to stroke with a brush. There's no stopping me now! LOL

Brenda said...

Just had to comment again. I just wanted to let you know that I told everyone on ScrapShare about your site, and specifically this WAY COOL action. (yes, I know that I sound like I'm in jr. high LOL)

karyn said...

OMG!! You are my hero!! It took me ages to figure out I couldn't stroke a path for brushes in PSE6, I am so glad that you made this action!

Anne of Alamo said...

I just started playing with cs5, a bit overwhelmed so I do my actions and some brush on that and then bring into pse5...cause I am used to it! lol
but do you know how to turn brush in pse5? anyone?

mizamigo said...

OMGosh, Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a wonderful gift to us. This action is super!!!

makeyesup said...

Looks very interesting, thanks.

Cindy said...

This looks really cool. I'm not sure if I have the smarts to make it work, but I'm saving it anyway, just in case! Thanks for sharing

Laura said...

This looks really cool! I can't wait to try it out!!

Teri said...

Deb...THANK YOU so much! I am wanting to learn how to use actions and this was easy to install. Have made one little heart with dots! I am not sure I understand the differnce in each one, but thank you and I will experiment. Teri @ Teris Thing O My Jigs I am using PSE6

Julie (It is.) said...

Not sure, but I think you MIGHT be a genius...

Thank you so much!

Hummie said...

Oh, I'm anxious to test this!

So, you've already tested in in 7...so you must have a new tester or gotten the program yourself.

I'm confused, can this use any selection shape we make?

My video is up...you are welcome to get the code at YouTube and put it on your blog post too.

Latte' Dah said...

Thank you so much for remembering us PSE users. I have PSE7 and wouldn't give it up for anything. I love my PSE. :)
This action is perfect. Can't wait to use it.
Than you!!! :)

Tammy aka bunchie said...

tyvm for sharing this and I will have to learn how to use it now.

CatLady said...

thank you, this is great! will be a timesaver.

Beth said...

How awesome!! I haven't quite figured out paths in PS yet, and these actions will simplify things so much! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You know, that's what I was thinking....you could very well be a genius. I've had TONS of well known designers there is no way to stroke a path in PSE and that I was SOL....but here you go....

You ARE a genius! THANK YOU from the bottom of my humble PSE heart.

Sue said...

I am so impressed! This is really super! Thank you very much for sharing all your computer programming. :D

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Well love, I am not the FIRST today to tell you so, but girl, you are PURE GENIUS!!!

I feel sorry for ANY "criminal" that trys to pull one over on you - IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!! ROFL! WOW!

I am using PSCS 3 and look forward to giving this puppy a workout! OR, would that be the other way around? It's going to give ME a workout!!! LOL!

Thank you sweetie - you TRULY are AMAZING!

XOXO,
Linda :)

ChrissyW said...

are you kidding me??? this is fantastic!!! thanks so much!!

carolyn said...

And "they" said it couldn't be done! Well, you proved them wrong on this one Deb! This works in PSE 4!!!!!!! Yeehah!!!!!! I don't have a clue what you were talking about in that paragraph nor do I understand your brain, but you are simply amazing and oh so smart!!! Thank you for all you do Deb and thanks even more for sharing all of your hard work!

txbubbles said...

Girl...you are brilliant! Thanks so much for everything you do. I would like to pass the Kreative Blog award on to you, drop by my blog to pick it up.
Hugs,
Vicki in Texas

Barbara said...

Deb, This action stuff is way over my head but I sure do love the time it saves! This must be Award Day for Deb because I also left you the award at my blog! You certainly deserve it.
~Barbara

elnorac said...

Dang, you're one smart cookie to have figured all this out! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful actions with us!

BTW, I love your blog header!

Hummie said...

The video tutorial is up.

I hope it was okay to share what I made!

Margaret said...

WOW, this just opens up a who;e new ability. My pages will never be the same! Thank you so much.

DigiDandyDesigns said...

This is awesome! It will be a real time saver since I always have to look up the steps to do this. Thanks for sharing.

Kris said...

Wow this is just what I've been looking for! Thankyou SO MUCH!!!

Deanna said...

Oh my gosh - you are so good at this. I have been using Photoshop for years - and I have not even an "enth" of the knowledge that you have. I have always said that I know just enough to get by...but I have been wanting to learn more. You really spark that in me! Thanks!!

Kimberly said...

I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to have found this action! I've just begun to learn how to design. I have PSE7 and have searched for days to learn how to stitch in shapes in and alphas, etc. I had about given up until I came across your site. Thank you so much!

Isabelle (Zaza) / Magik Creations said...

A big thank you !

Rose said...

I spent the entire day trying to figure this out, and guess what!??? I DID IT!!! I am so freaking excited, I only wish my husband was half as excited as I was!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this! I've been wishing I could stroke with a brush in PSE for awhile now. Thanks!

DevilGirl said...

Thank you! CU Freebies Only Forum Sent Me! Thanks For Sharing your Time and Talent with us!

Anonymous said...

thank you!
jill

Feli said...

Just discovered this post and I wanted to thank you!!!! You are great, Deb, you are my hero!! Every time I browse your blog I keep learning something new! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent so generously!!

Akhmad Guntar said...

Thank you verymuch for the action. It's really helpful! :-)

Danyale Lewis said...

Was just directed here by a fellow designer, and I am in heaven if this works like she says it does! Thank you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Thank you...I was researching how to do a brush stroke on a custom path...as I wanted a dashed line inside an object...and I was so bummed I couldn't do it...then I found your action! Can't wait to try it out :-)

R2P2 said...

Just found this -- was inspired by a LO that had a torn paper edged with stitching. I was so disappointed when I found that PSE was a bit limited in brush stroke paths. And then I found your fabulous actions! Got just the look I had wanted, thank you SO MUCH!

Maggie Adair said...

Thank you so much for this