Creating a Cross Stitch Brush in Photoshop 1 Open a new doc. 2 Select a plain font that with a more less symmetrical X shape and type in a single letter ‘X’. 3 Double click to unlock the background layer and drag that layer into the bin to delete it. 4 You now have the letter X on a transparent background. Select All (Ctl A) and go to Edit>Define Brush Preset 5 A dialogue box will display - name the brush something like Cross Stitch. That’s it and for information, that’s how to make any brush - select your image/shape etc and define it as a brush. Applying the Cross Stitch Effect 1 Start with a new document. 2 Create a new layer 3 With the Fill Bucket, fill the document with a Pattern that resembles a fabric. 3 Type in some text using the Type (T) tool. I added a warp effect to my text (right click on the actual text and select Warp Text effects from the drop-down list. I used Cooper Standard 350 pt font with a Fish Eye warp set to around 85%). PS automatically places text on a new layer. 4 In the Layers panel, right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path. Right Click on the text layer 5 Create a new layer above click here 6 Select your new X brush and change the brush settings as follows: and: 7 Select the colour for the stitching 8 With your cross stitch brush selected, go to the Paths menu, right-click on the Work Path layer and select Stroke Path from the drop down listing. A dialogue box displays: Check that Brush is selected and that Simulate Pressure is not checked, then OK It’s quick and easy to do. You can always go back and experiment with the size, spacing effects. The cross stitch is a bit small here so I did it again with a custom shape, changed the colours, stitch size, spacing etc. Anyway, over to you - hope you enjoy playing with the effect.