Freebie: Downloadable Graphics for Blog Layouts

free download - 40 handwritten graphics for blog layouts | via vmac+cheese

A little freebie to share with you guys today! I’ve gotten several emails asking me how to create hand drawn arrows in blog post collages. The truth is, for a long time, I used some arrows I had drawn on a piece of paper and scanned in at a super high resolution. It worked, but it was a bit laborious. Earlier this year I finally broke down and ordered a Wacom tablet, which is how most bloggers get the handwritten elements on to their posts, whether its an arrow or actual writing. (UPDATE: I should also mention that if you have an iPad, you can download the Paper app and use your finger or a stylus to get handwritten effects!)

But, if you’re not looking to purchase another blog accessory just to draw a few arrows or write a few words, I’ve got you covered. Below is a downloadable PNG file that contains forty different arrows, shapes and words that you can use in blog posts! Get the download after the jump, along with a quick Photoshop lesson on how to use them!  

40 handwritten graphics for blog layouts | via vmac+cheese

Bad news, friends…  As many of you know, I transferred domains in the summer of 2014, and vmac+cheese became the blog you see here now. When that happened, I lost this download file in the process, so it is no longer available. I know, a huge bummer! If you downloaded this file previously, tips on how to use it — and actually, useful tips for any newbie Photoshop student — are still posted below.

Stay tuned — I’ll hopefully share more downloadable graphics soon! In the meantime, you can check out other blogging related tips elsewhere on the blog.


This file is set up on a transparent background, with all the shapes on a single document page. To use them:

1. In Photoshop, build your collage as desired, and open the PNG file you downloaded here.

2. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, select the area around the shape you wish to use. Then copy (ctrl+ c or cmd+c) the shape, and paste it (ctrl+v or cmd+v) onto your collage layout.

3. You can use the Move tool to resize the shape, rotate it, and place it wherever you’d like on your layout. If you’re happy with the shape being black, you’re done!

4. If you want to change the color of the shape, you’ll need to add a fill layer and a clipping mask. Once you have the shape placed on your collage, be sure the shape is selected in the layers palette. Next, go to Layer –> New Fill Layer –> Solid Color. You can name the fill layer whatever you like, just be sure to click the radio button that says “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask.”

5. Click OK. Next, the color picker window will pop up, and you can select whatever color you want the shape to be filled with. Click OK again. The shape should now be filled with the color you selected! In order to move the shape around on your layout, you’ll need to be sure that both the shape and the fill layer are selected on the Layers palette. If you select one or the other, it won’t move!

Enjoy them!

Get more downloadable blog resources at The B Bar >> 

TERMS OF USE: You can use these downloads for personal use on your blog and blog layouts. The file and any part of it may NOT be used for digital download(s) on your website, and you may NOT re-sell or re-distribute this graphic on your own website, or in any other form (PDF, book, CD, etc). However, please feel free to link back to this post if you’d like to share! Also, it goes without saying, but you may not use this artwork as part of any racist, pornographic, or otherwise patently offensive material. If you have other questions on the file terms of use, you can always contact me!

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  1. Alexa wrote:

    Such a great little tip Victoria! I’m always looking for ways to get more creative with photoshop! :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  2. Um, how thoughtful are you? Such a great idea!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  3. Love this!! Thank you!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  4. Emily wrote:

    Oh my goodness, thank you SO MUCH!! This is so generous and kind of you, made my day!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  5. Jahaira H. wrote:

    Oh, perfect! So neat. Thanks for sharing.


    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  6. Ailee wrote:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  7. Charlotte wrote:

    You are SO nice to do this, Victoria. It’s so refreshing to see a blogger give away tips + tricks to help others, as opposed to hoarding secrets. There’s enough room for everyone to be successful, and you’re always faithful to your readers and share your secrets. This is particularly inspiring to me as I’m a new blogger. Thank you!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  8. Jenna wrote:

    Love these so much!! Thank you!!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  9. Amberly wrote:

    You are too sweet!! Thanks so much for sharing Victoria!! :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  10. Emily wrote:

    Thanks so much for this download! As a new blogger, things like this really make my day!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  11. Lauren wrote:

    Thank you so much. I’m still just learning how to put my collages together and your advise is so helpful.

    You’re a star!

    Lauren x
    Gordon + Gold

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  12. I will be using the heck out of these! Thanks so much!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  13. This is the greatest…I don’t really want to admit how long I’ve tried to figure out how to do these arrows. No longer! Thank you :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  14. i seriously just googled how to do this today, thanks so much! it’s really nice of you =)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  15. Kristina wrote:

    These are all so cute! Now I want one of those tablets to draw my own little doodads!


    Kristina does the Internets

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  16. Tiffany wrote:

    This is so sweet of you! Thanks so much :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  17. This is brilliant!! Thanks a mill for sharing. You’re an absolute gem. Definitely going to use them :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  18. What a great tool! Thanks for sharing!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  19. Thank you for sharing! Also, I loved visiting each and every blog from the commenters above me – refreshing my Google Reader now! : )

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  20. Emma wrote:

    Much appreciated! What a nice treat for a random Tuesday :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  21. Meghan wrote:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try and use these.

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  22. These are awesome! I always love your little hand-drawn elements, i’m excited to be able to do them too. Thanks for this :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  23. Rachelle wrote:

    That’s so neat, thank you.


    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  24. Jessica wrote:

    You are amazing lady! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  25. daisy wrote:

    wow, thanks so much for sharing these! x

    & Pretty Things

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  26. Melanie wrote:

    Guilty! I totally asked you for these! SO excited to use these! You are the absolute best!!! xoxo

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  27. lexi wrote:

    This is awesome, Victoria, thank you SO much! I just recently got a Wacom tablet and I only half know how to use it, but I do love the idea of it, haha. :)

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  28. Meghan wrote:

    You are brilliant ! Thank you so much .

    xo Meg

    12 Feb 2013 · Reply
  29. Thanks for sharing!!!
    Can’t wait to use them for my blog :)

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  30. ummm, awesome! thank you girl!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  31. This is awesome! Thank you!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  32. Um, hi. I love you. You’re the best. Thank you!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  33. Jenna wrote:

    Thank you!!! I always just scrawl on my pics, but the mouse and I don’t always agree on what it should look like. ;) These will be so helpful!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  34. Very thoughtful and caring! <3

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  35. Hope wrote:

    This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. I have recently started a blog and appreciate the tips. This is such a great idea to incorporate into the blog.


    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  36. Lisa wrote:

    Thank you for these graphics … and for the tip about the Wacom Tablet! I have a feeling it’s going to be my next Amazon splurge!

    13 Feb 2013 · Reply
  37. Kathy wrote:

    Thank you SO much! I’ve been needing to find some great handwritten arrows for a long time now. Much appreciated Victoria!

    14 Feb 2013 · Reply
  38. my goodness, aren’t you sweet!

    15 Feb 2013 · Reply
  39. Hooray!!! I received one of the tablets for Christmas but I haven’t had much time to play around with it yet unfortunately! Loving this fun download!! XoXo

    15 Feb 2013 · Reply
  40. Kelly wrote:

    Love these! Thanks so much for sharing!


    16 Feb 2013 · Reply
  41. Sarah wrote:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Will be very useful. :)

    16 Feb 2013 · Reply
  42. brighton wrote:

    these are SO great! thanks soooo much for sharing these! tHey’re so cute :)

    17 Feb 2013 · Reply
  43. Nnenna wrote:

    These are awesome- thank you so much for sharing!

    17 Feb 2013 · Reply
  44. Emma wrote:

    How do you change the size of the shape once it’s been pasted?
    p.s. these are awesome :)

    7 Apr 2013 · Reply
  45. Erica wrote:

    These are fabulous, thanks so much for sharing!

    16 May 2013 · Reply
  46. Adalia wrote:

    Thanks so much!But what if you don’t have Photoshop(I have a Dell laptop),it just shows the picture.Please help!


    5 Jul 2013 · Reply
    • Sorry Adalia, these function only in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

      6 Jul 2013 · Reply
  47. Colleen wrote:

    These are fantastic! I love how easy they are to use even without photoshop. My blog design is a total work in progress right now but these babies helped spruce up my about me page! It feels good to check that off my list :)

    Thanks so much!

    21 Aug 2013 · Reply
  48. Nash Khan wrote:

    Thank you! You’re a GEM! :)

    2 Oct 2013 · Reply
  49. malu wrote:

    hello! love these but for some reason i cannot download them? it says i do not have access!!
    i’d really appreciate it if someone could help me out, thanks! :)

    27 Sep 2014 · Reply
    • Hi Malu! I’m so sorry about that. I’m had the same issue, which triggered me spending the last hour trying to figure out what was going on. I transferred domains earlier this summer and migrated 6 years worth of content to this current site. From what I can tell in my WordPress databases, when that happened, we lost this single download file, because it was stored in a somewhat random place. So unfortunately, this download is no longer available :( I’ll hopefully create another one soon!

      28 Sep 2014 · Reply
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