Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Making a Pennant Flag

This was a special request tutorial I received through the blog's Facebook page. The reader wanted to know how to make the triangle notch cutout in pennants, like this:


This is pretty easy to do, but it does take a few steps.

Open up a blank document in PSE. (I'm using PSE9 on a Mac). Click on your shape tool and choose the rectangle tool.


Draw a rectangle the size you'd like your pennant.


Add another layer, choose the rectangle tool, and click on the little drop down at the top for the settings. Choose "Square."


Draw a square.


Now, rotate the square at a 45 degree angle (command T to transform, then change the angle in the box in the top middle to 45).


Now, choose both layers and align the vertical centers.


Drag the square (now in a diamond shape) to the edge of the rectangle. (Make sure you keep them vertically aligned, either move using your left arrow or just realign them when you've reached the edge where you want the triangle part cut out).


Simplify both layers by right clicking on the layer and choosing "Simplify Layer."


Now, while you are on the rectangle layer (see my layer palette), command + click on the square layer, so you have marching ants around the square.


Press delete. You should see in the layer palette the triangle part now cut out from the rectangle.


 Drag the square layer to the trashcan.


Finished pennant.


Save it as a PNG and you'll maintain the transparency. At this point you can use your shape as the base for an element you're creating, you can create a brush, whatever you'd like with your pennant shape.

Happy creating!

13 comments:

  1. I am so glad someone asked you how to do this! It's something I wanted to know too. I think I had it figured out through simplify layer. But the way I tried removing the notch was a lot more complicated.

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  2. WAouw! Thanks a lot. I was triing to do that since a long time... I did it by having a white diamond.
    But I've got a problme. I'm using a Mac and PSE 10 too, but I can't delete the shape. I'm on the rectangle layer but what do you call command+click?
    Thanks for helping me
    Have a good day

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    1. After you simplify the layers, make sure you're on the rectangle layer. Then hold the command key on your mac, and use the mouse to click on the square layer. Hope this helps!

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    2. Yes I did that... but if I'm on the rectangle layer, it goes to the suaqre layer... It makes me crazy!!

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    3. Hmmm. I'm not sure what to do then. I've sometimes had that problem if I don't simplify both layers first, but I haven't used PSE10, not sure if there's something different with it that would make this happen.

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  3. Thank you so much for this, I'm slowly working my way around PS with the great help of wonderful people like you :)

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  4. Thanks for the great tutorial. I don't have elements installed at the moment, but if you can rotate brushes you can remove a couple of steps. You can select a square brush, rotate it 45 degrees and then use it as an eraser. Hugs Crystal xx

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    1. That's a great idea too - of course then you rely on your eye to line up the brush centered with the rectangle. But sweet idea, I hadn't thought of that!

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  5. This is great! I don't even want to say the convoluted hoops I've been jumping through to try to make nice looking pennants. You're the best!

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  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial.

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  7. THANK YOU!!!! Seriously wanted to use a pennant the other day and about drove myself crazy trying to figure it out. You are a rock star. Yes really.

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  8. I can't get it to work. :( I press the delete key and the whole shape disappears and doesn't do anything to the rectangle to make it pennant shaped. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong! I've followed every step. Obviously most people have success with your method so I'm sure it's user error on my part. What do you suggest?

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    1. The only thing I can suggest is verifying that you did simplify both layers. Whenever an entire layer has disappeared on me it's because I didn't simplify them both. Note that if you delete, and it doesn't work, and you undo, it sometimes reverts the layer back to the non-simplified format.

      Simplify both. Click on the rectangle layer so you're on it. Then click on the square thumbnail in the layer palette, so that the marching ants are around the square, and hit delete. You need to make sure you're ON the rectangle layer, and have the square with the marching ants before you press delete. If you're on the square it'll just delete the square.

      Other than that, I'm afraid I probably can't help without being there, you know?

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