Swirl Parts Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Swirl Parts Brushes

Brushes: 26

Photoshop 7, CS-CS6, CC
Photoshop Elements 2+
GIMP 2.2.6+

Description: Various swirl parts. While pretty on their own, as accents, these were really made to be used to create your own swirl designs. Some are just one swirl while others are a bit more elaborate.

Swirl Parts Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

Download the image pack (for those without Photoshop & GIMP)

Brushes Tip:

To make the most of these brushes, you need to be able to rotate them and flip them to be used at the angle/orientation that you choose. You can change the angle of your brush before you even use it! Here’s how:

Have your brush tool selected, with the brush you’re wanting to use loaded. Click on the “Brushes” tab in the upper right area of your Photoshop window (F5 will also open it). Click on “Brush Tip Shape.”

Now, you’ll see an area where there’s a circle with a crosshair through it, with an arrow on one side of the crosshair. Say that you want to rotate your brush about 40 degrees to the right. You can either type in “-40″ into the “Angle” area, or you can click on the arrow part of that crosshair, then drag your mouse to rotate it around to where you want it to be. You can check how your brush looks in the preview area beneath!

In more recent versions of PS, there’s also the options for Flip X and Y, which… well, basically flip the brush horizontally or vertically. That’s handy for adding borders to something, like if you have a corner brush that’s made for the upper right corner and you want to also use it in the upper left… just Flip X, and voila!

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20 Responses to Swirl Parts Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. Angie says:

    Thank you for ur great brushes and the Tips, since I am a photoshop newbee I can use a little help :-)

  2. Gentlemuse says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful brushes and tips! I’m brand new to PS Elements but with your guidance I’m looking forward to doing creative things on my blog. I will be sure to give you credit.

    Happy New Year!

  3. t dog says:

    Thanks for the hope!

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  5. Nicole says:

    Hi, thankyou for the great brushes! Are these the ones you used for the the backing of this site layout, around the top edges?

  6. Mimi says:

    I don’t have the thing u call ‘brush tip shape’. I’ve tried to click F5, but what pops out is only my list of brushes. help me ^^

  7. Stephanie says:

    @Mimi: This tip will only work if you’re using Photoshop. I’m not sure it will work in Photoshop Elements, and I’m fairly sure that it won’t work (at least, not the way I describe it) in GIMP.

    When you hit F5, a little window with your brushes stuff should pop up. What it looks like will depend entirely on your version of Photoshop, but in CS4 mine has a list on the left. The top one says “Brush Presets” and then under it it says “Brush Tip Shape”. If you can’t find anything that says that, try clicking on each and look over on the right for a litte, white area that has a crosshair looking thing in it. Once you find that, you can follow the rest of the tutorial. If you have Photoshop, it WILL be there under one heading or another.

  8. Cassidy says:

    How do you use this to get the eyelashes smaller and rotate them in GIMP?

  9. Stephanie says:

    @Cassidy: I’m afraid I’m not sure how to rotate brushes in GIMP! I’ve never used it, sorry! Google “rotate brushes gimp” though and you should find plenty. :)

  10. Cassidy says:

    Thank you so much! [:

  11. Cills says:

    Really fantastic brushes!

  12. Thank you so much. Perfect!

  13. Angel says:

    These brushes work great even in Gimp. Thank you so much for your great work. ~Angel~

  14. Saudi Jobs says:

    Thanks for sharing grate Swirl shapes

  15. Marielle says:

    Hello Obsidian!! obsessed with your swirls brushes! I used to have this swirls parts brush set in my photoshop, but then it mysterically vanished. I just downloaded it again and brought it into photoshop with this error:

    “Could not place the document ‘SS-swirl-parts.abr’ because no parser or file format can open the file”

    I’m running CS5 Extended.
    Please help! :D

    • Stephanie says:

      Wow. I have never seen that message, I’m sorry! I tried a quick internet search and couldn’t find a definitive answer, either. These should absolutely work in CS5, though.

      Are you placing it into your Presets > Brushes folder and then reopening Photoshop, or trying to do a “Load Brushes..”? I’ve not yet tried CS5, so I’m not sure if I can help if they’ve changed a lot about how to load brushes.

      Good luck!

  16. ladyjewell says:

    awesome tip on the angling. thanx!

  17. Stuart says:

    I’ve been looking for brushes like this for so long!

  18. michele vinal says:

    I have been looking all over for something just like this to create my own swirl brushes.I should have known to come here first.You are my favorite brush designer,thank-you once again :)

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