Brushes / shapes / patterns / plug-ins for Photoshop / Illustrator / PSP

Updated: July 29th, 2015

Shapes / brushes / patterns / plugins etc for Photoshop, PSP, Illustrator, etc

Graphicxtras is a website devoted to all things graphics and has resources for use in most of your favourite graphics apps, all at a great price. 1000s of wonderful presets and plugins available for all your projects. Purchase and use them in millions of your projects and in anyway you wish.


The site has been selling our own resources since 1998 and has continued to add more and more presets and artwork designs for use with more and more apps such as Photoshop CC 2015 as well as earlier and also newer apps such as Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer as well as popular free tools such as GIMP. All the resources are by graphicxtras / Andrew Buckle.


You can find a lot of links to our video tutorials that we add daily to our Youtube video tutorials section - so you can find out how to use the resources in even more ways


graphics resources for shapes / photoshop

Resources for Photoshop and Illustrator and Affinity Photo and others

Royalty free, all extended license, no credit is required for their use, world-wide use and no time limits. They can be used to create logos, books, illustrations, mugs, posters, ceramics, textiles, web pages, producing your own new items for sale, fabrics, fashions, scrap booking, hats and much more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. If you have any questions about the uses of the items, please contact us as we are always happy to answer any questions about them such as their use and even ideas for their use though in many cases our videos are probably the best for that.



So what can do with the items ?? The key thing is that they work with the tools that you have. In most cases for the Photoshop items such as the brushes / shapes etc and other presets they are supported through most versions of the application as well as on both of the main OS. You can also use them on Android and Linux etc but clearly not in those apps but ones such as GIMP. Most of the sets include the items in the native format such as CSH ABR etc but in recent years I have moved most of my items more to universal items such as PNG and EPS so they can be used in 99% of applications.



The items are all supplied in a zip file sent via shareit.com and the zip files generally include the presets such as the ABR files etc as well as documentation and gallery and serial as well as in many cases additional files such as actions and other file formats such as PDF etc. Shareit.com handles all the transactions on our site (well, most of them) and they are a secure sales site part of the large Digital River / Element5. Any download issues etc should be initially sent to them but otherwise, please contact us. They handle transactions in many different currencies such as US dollars (of course) as well as Euros (they are also based in Germany) and also GBP (UK) and also Australian Dollars as well as Turkish / Russian and many others. You can purchase the items in a variety of ways such as PayPal and also American express as well as Visa and Mastercard and many more. The download sizes of the files varies but many are between 1MB to 100MB though some of our older and larger sets are 300MB or so but nowadays that should be fine to download with most broadband / cable etc services. Most of the sets on the site are under 10 dollars though some of the earlier sets and much larger sets are priced at 25 dollars etc though they contain many different items and are in many cases combinations of some of our older sets.



So what can you do with them ?? Depends on the apps of course and the preset / plugin in questions. If you are talking about the plugins there are two types, a raster format set for use with Photoshop, PSP and many others as well as a vector set for use with Illustrator only. The raster plugins / filters are all for use currently on 32bit only but there are plans to shortly release the 64bit versions as well for use on the PC. The vector plugins can be used with PC and MAC. The plugins for PS etc are all based on the powerful filtermeister tool and that enables the tool to have a massive range of features as well as a large preview window to see the effect before applying it. The tools include options for different blending modes such as difference / darken etc and these can also be combined with the application's own blending modes and opacity. They also include features such as using the effects as a source for other effects such as truly unique distortions and paint effects as well as sepia and blurring and smudging effects and more. They also include features such as to create unique transparency / layers / selections which can be used with layer styles. The tools also include a massive range of jitter and randomization and color effects so any image can be modified in millions of ways along with the actual effect itself. They also include a huge gallery of gradient options which can be used to blend or overlay the effect result so billions of color effects can be created. The 32bit filters also can open and save the presets so you can recall the effects at any point. You can also use them with the smart objects in PS as well as use them with the actions (and scripts etc if you wish to delve into Javascript). The filters include posterization / blur / smudge / sepia / distortions / threshold effects / unique effects / contrasts and many more. There are a number of tutorial videos availabe via the graphicxtras channel on Youtube as well as Tipdesk.com. They can be used as mentioned in many apps though the results may vary from app to app as not all the options available to PS are in all other apps. The filters are an extension of an earlier sets called the 'Andrew's Filters' and those were created quite a few years ago (there were over 1000 filters in the series). The vector filters are for use with Illustrator only (can't think of any other app that supports them) and the sets include many different types of path manipulation tools such as tools to manipulate gradients as well as modify swatches as well as use symbols in countless ways and also tools to modify the vector paths such as distort and tweak anchor points in unique ways. There are also others to duplicate and transform paths in countless ways and the results then can be combined with all features within the app and also work well with other tools such as the superb Astute Graphic's VectorScribe and MirrorMe etc. Sadly the Andrew's Vector tools are only now available up to CS5 on the PC and MAC but there are still plans to release newer and variant tools based on those. The results of any of the vector tools can be exported for use in other apps such as the superb Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.



The main items on this site are for use with Photoshop as well as Illustrator and also many other tools such as Affinity Photo. They include the brushes and symbols and shapes and patterns etc. In most cases the presets are supplied in standard PAT (tiles) and ABR (strokes) etc but in more recent releases the sets have now been using PNG format as that is more universal and the artwork can then be used in most apps on the PC and MAC (though not with many very old apps) also EPS has been included in a number of the sets and as a vector these can be any size though the format is not as universal as PNG. If you are using the resources in Adobe PS then they can be generally loaded via the preset palettes in that app (right side menu) but if you are using the PNG sets then you will have to either open them or place them or perhaps use the new libraries feature and drag them to the document. The resources can then be manually added as a new preset via the edit menu define commands. For the shapes, there is no equivalent vector format other than perhaps the TTF sets which means the artwork can be loaded via the type tool in PS and then converted into the correct format and defined via the edit menu. The PNG files can be used as either strokes or tiles but they can also be used as a layer or blended with any image and used with smart filters and smart adjustments (by converting them to smart objects). You can also convert the PNG format into a PSD file and save that and then use the artwork as a displacement or distortion or conte or texture. If you are using PS Elements then you can do much the same thing as PS. PS Elements does come with an additional number of features such as the cookie cutter that uses the loaded CSH files. Of course, the libraries feature and smart objects etc are not available in PS Elements (as yet, though it would be nice to see some of that into the tool especially the libraries as well as adding the PS Elements to the CC subscription - baffles me that is not available via that along with a number of other key apps that are still not part of Adobe CC). The PNG files (as well as the ABR etc files) do not need to remain as is, you can always edit them though it is best to make a backup of any zip files supplied or PNG files (perhaps to the Adobe CC libraries). You can then add effects and adjustments as well as perhaps duplicate parts of the artwork and remove / erase parts to create a totally new set of tools. The sets all include actions that can do much the same thing but it is very easy to create your own action that perhaps takes a PNG file and then blurs it and perhaps adds a poster edge or watercolor effect and perhaps adjusts the color such as photo filter and save that all as a new action. You can then use that same action via the batch process in PS to add all files in a particular folder with that action creating 100s of new items that can be used to add distressed / grunged / rough etc effects to any image. The paint tools (as well as smudge and blur and clone and art history) are great for adding those kinds of localised effects to any image. You can also further extend this if you know some Javascript and are willing to plunge into the murky world of scripting and you can then manipulate the strokes and tiles in even more ways. One of the best recent additions to PS has to be the scripting feature that is available via the edit menu and pattern and scripts and you can add any of the PNG files / PAT images as random fills and symmetry effects (32 of them) as well as along paths (great with spirals etc) as well as others. Now the scripts have a dialog you can also preview the effect before you add it and they can be used once or multiple times to create some truly amazing imagery. The PNG files can also be added to via the powerful 3D menu and the result of any extrusion / extrude effects can also be used as a great source for new layers as well as presets and also the generated 3D models can be saved to other formats such as OBJ and then used in tools such as the superb Daz Studio and my personal favourite, Poser.



If you are using a tool such as PSP (PC only) then you can use the PNG files in even more ways such as a great source for patterns / environmental maps / picture tubes / custom brushes and many more.



There are a number of documents related to the shapes / brushes / patterns etc available via our issuu channel. Many of the documents were written a while back but most of the information is still as valid with CC etc Manuals / documentation