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Give your black and white art the outline it's missing

Added on Saturday 13th of May 2006 01:40 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


While line art works best in the stained glass technique outlined in the article “Easily turn simple line art into stunning stained glass,” don’t let a good design slip by because it doesn’t have an adequate outline. We provided our modified custom shape for download so you wouldn’t have to go through the steps to create it, but if you are so inclined, or have another design with a lot of solid areas of black, it’s easy to transform that into more refined line art for this technique. We’ll show you how using Photoshop’s custom shape, Ornament 2.


To create the custom shape:

1.       Press D to set the default foreground color to black.

2.      Choose the Custom Shape tool custom_shape from the Toolbox.

3.      Click the Fill Pixels button fill_pixles on the Custom Shape tool options bar.

4.      Choose Ornament 2 from the Shape preset picker, located in the Ornaments set of the Custom Shape Presets.

5.      Press and hold down [shift], and draw the custom shape on your canvas as we have in Figure A.