How to Make a Flag in Photoshop

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How to Make a Flag in Photoshop
Make your own flag in Photoshop. (u.s. flag image by Paul Moore from

You might want a flag graphic for any number of reasons, such as on a website devoted to history or in an ad promoting a Fourth of July event. While there are many free flag graphics available on the Internet, for one that is high quality or a very large size, you might need to make your own. Adobe Photoshop is perfect for this type of project. Photoshop comes with a broad array of tools and functions to simplify the creation of your flag. The flag produced here is a U.S. flag, but many of the principles apply to any flag design.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and click "New." In the dialogue box that pops up, specify the pixel width and height -- the size -- you want your flag to be. If the flag will be printed, change the resolution to 300 dpi; otherwise, leave it at 72. Click "OK."

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    Select "View" from the menu and click "Fit on Screen." Select the "Line" tool and set it to "Shape." Since you'll be drawing 13 stripes, set the pixel width to 1/13th of the height of your image. Change the "Fill" colour to red.

  3. 3

    Hold down the "Shift" key. Referencing the left ruler, go to the top and draw in a red bar from one side to the other. Skip down that same distance to leave a white bar, and then draw in another red bar. Repeat this until you reach the bottom. You should have 13 bars of alternating red and white, with the top and bottom bars being red.

  4. 4

    Select the "Rectangular Marquee" tool. Starting at the upper left corner, draw a box that reaches the bottom edge of the 4th red bar and 38 1/2 per cent according to the ruler at the top. Select the "Paint Bucket" and fill the selection with a medium blue.

  5. 5

    Click on the "New Layer" icon at the bottom of the "Layers" panel. Select the "Custom" shape tool, and in the options at the top, set it to "Shape." Change the colour to white and from the "Presets," choose the "Five Point Star." Now draw in a star that is 4 1/2 per cent of the width of your document.

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    Right-click on the star layer and select "Duplicate." Repeat this until you have a total of 50 star layers. Use the "Move" tool to position the stars so that there are six running across the top, a row of five stars beneath that, and a row of six after that. Keep doing this until you have nine rows of stars.

  7. 7

    Select "File" and click "Save." In the dialogue box, name your file and save it as a high resolution JPEG.

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