I have created a brush that is meant to mimic stitching and i would like to be able to rotate one "stitch" or stroke at a time... ( i rasterized the shape)
I have used Ctrl + Click on the Shapes Thumbnail to make a Selection and then went to Select > Modify > Contract
and then I went to the Paths palette and from the drop down/fly out menu i chose Make Work Path and then...
i Right Clicked on the Work Paths Thumbnail and chose: Stroke Path > Brush (chose my custom brush)
I manipulated the Path as much as possible to create the curves as needed but...
i still need to modify the stitches ...
If i recall correctly i think i read somewhere that i can use a Marquee tool select individual brush strokes (that are a part of the same path) to rotate and/or relocate/move in general
however, i cannot seem to get it to work for me ... so, i am thinking i've forgotten a step or that i may be totally wrong.
Can i rotate a single brush stroke? is there a way to "ungroup" like in Illustrator or some other sort of Ps creature that'll help me do what i would like to do? i am still searching the manual but i'm probably asking the wrong questions.
above is an example of what i'm trying to explain ... all the dashes are on one path but i would like to be able to rotate just one at a time (like in the red circle)
is this at all possible? i've tried to paint em all manually but it just doesn't end up looking nice at all.
your time and efforts and alternative ideas are greatly appreciated.
hope your doing well and having a great day/night
You are confusing AI and PS workflows. Selecting and transforming would only work in AI and even there only after expanding the apperance to convert the stroke to filled objects. In PS I'd simply used the dashed stroke layer style on a duplicate of the layer and scale it accordingly...
How about showing an example, or a simplified mock-up containing only a few stitches, of the effect that you're trying to achieve. Rotating the already painted individual stitches could be done but there's likely to be several suggestions of quick ways to get the desired result from scratch... if you provide an image of what that result should be.
first of all i am sorry for just getting back to you now - had some general computer trauma.
Myl... and R_Kelly ... thank you so much for your help!! I had forgotten about asking this question and in the interim i found a much more difficult way to do things as i've listed below.
it took me quite a bit to realize that in order to apply the layer styles to the Stroke and not the rectangle/shape itself that i needed to set the Duplicate to No Fill
here is my loooooooooooooong looooooooooooooong way of doing just about the same thing ...
1) make the brush i need > Edit > Define brush preset and open the Brush panel to set spacing etc. also, set the color, size, angle etc. before the next steps.
2) draw out my rectangle shape and then i would go to Layer > Rasterize > Shape
3) then i would ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the shapes layer to create a selection around it
4) then i went to Select > Modify > Contract by _ (however many px's needed)
5) with the shape layer selected in the layers panel i would go to the Paths panel and click the arrow to open the fly out menu and then i would choose 'Make Work Path' (then use the Direct Selection tool to adjust the path/smooth it out & add/delete nodes/handles as needed)
6) return to the layers panel and create a New Layer (above the shape layer)
7) back to the Paths panel and right click on the 'Work Path' > choose 'Stroke Path' and the path will be stroked with the Brush that's been preset (make certain the new/empty layer receives the brush stroke).
8) again, return to the Paths panel and Delete the 'Work Path'
9) now grab the Marquee tool > create a selection around the single brush stroke and hit Ctrl + T to rotate/set the angle and to move this way or that .... wheeeeee!! LOL does America now have a woman president?? yaaa it takes a bit'o effort to do it this way that's for sure but ... it worked
sorry i forgot about this post. i try not to do that or to leave anyone hanging. i appreciate people taking their time to share their skills.
THANKS A MILLION for helping me out!!
hey conroy ... if you read my really long post you'll see i forgot about having posted this question. but thank you so very much for offering to help me out.
by the time i recalled that i had made this post i worked out a way to do things.
actually the suggestion from Myl... and the visual from R_Kelly were quite helpful and it takes much less time than what i worked out.
i got stuck for a bit with their way because i didn't think till later that i need(ed) to set the duplicate to No Fill so that the LS's affect just the stroke.
my final result/project is on my other computer but i'll come back and post what i made next time i have that puter open.
you're always appreciated. take care everyone.