Animal custom shapes for Photoshop / Elements

Updated: February 26th, 2015

animal shapes for Photoshop bear spider starfish dinosaur panther

Animal shapes for Photoshop / Elements

2,000 Different animal shapes for Photoshop CC CS3 CS2 CS1 CS5 CS6 CS4 elements 2014 including dogs, cats, birds, owl custom shapes, insects, spiders, turtles, horses, frogs, cows, panthers, sharks, centipedes, realistic, butterflies, bears, silhouettes, thin edge, sketched, sharks, robins and many more.


The Photoshop shapes animals set includes 21 different sets of CSH files, approx 100 different items for each animal (i.e 100 dogs, 100 horses, 100 bears, 100 insects).


The sea creatures set also includes fish, sharks, seals, crabs and many others. The insects set includes spiders, cockroaches, centipedes and many more.


Commercial (CU4CU), no time limits on their use. All the animal shapes (for Adobe PS and others) are by Andrew Buckle / Use the stunning animal shapes to create items for sale, templates, logos, books, wallpaper, scrap, kits, adverts, documents, video, packaging and much more


Access the Photoshop animal shapes via the open command as well as via the Photoshop custom shapes palette. You can then apply the arrow shapes in 1000s of ways such as blend them, combine, modify, export to other applications, use as new resources within Adobe PS and so much more. The set includes the 21 CSH presets along with a thumbnail gallery as well as documentation.


The set for Adobe ® Photoshop are all in CSH.

Animal custom shapes for Adobe ® Photoshop and Elements

Opening CSH presets

The animal shapes sets includes all in CSH and they are loaded via the open command of Photoshop and Photoshop, you can also load them via the custom shapes palette load / replace command. Just select the insect shapes CSH presets, butterflies shapes CSH, cow shapes CSH from the dropdown and apply. Once loaded into the shapes palette of Photoshop, access the animal shapes via the custom shapes tool (Photoshop toolbox) and apply as fills / layers


dinosaur bird in black on red


Dinosaur birds on red

robin realistic artwork in black on blue


Many different animals are included in the set such as owls, robins etc for Photoshop

horse silhouette in black on blue


Many different silhouette as well as realistic and sketched are included in the Photoshop collection

dog running wild cat sitting on the ground


Dog shape / silhouette for Adobe ® Photoshop and Elements; cat silhouette shape

Animal shapes palette - custom shapes browser for Photoshop


all the examples of the bears included in the set


See the bear shapes palette above - this is what you see once you have selected and loaded the bear shapes CSH presets into Photoshop


Just select the shape from here - you will notice that there are many different poses of animal shapes as well as types such as hand drawn shapes, realistic shapes, cut, smudged animal, pencils, edged, silouettes and many more - this is the same with many of the other custom shapes sets in the collection - so you will find realistic cats, scratchy cats, rough bears and more. Select the path via the palette and apply using the current set color or layer effect depending on the selected shape option in the Photoshop control bar.


cats in the palette


Cat shapes for Photoshop palette

To change the shapes, just select from the side menu (if the shapes have been added to the custom shapes folder of Photoshop) or use the load / replace commands in the shapes palette menu. Once loaded, the bear shapes will no longer be accessible until you re-load them and only the cat shapes will be available.


You can, if you wish, load all the animal shapes into a single palette - this should be possible but I must admit, I haven't tried. You should be able to load them all in Adobe PS CC CS6 but there were limitations with the earlier versions of Photoshop.


Animals video

Animal custom shapes as sources for strokes

You can use the Photoshop animal shapes in 1000s of ways but you might also wish to use them as tiles / strokes and use them as other resources within Adobe PS - it is very easy to convert the shapes to other formats via the edit menu define commands.


Simply apply the animal shapes in Adobe PS - and as they are Vector graphics you can use them with any size of document and create any size of stroke / tile for your work - and then use the edit menu to save the path to a new resource set for use in later projects (you will still have to use the save command in that palette to save them for permanent re-use). You can apply the animal shapes once or multiple times, you can interweave the animal shapes in Adobe PS with effects as well as layer effects and then save the shapes as strokes.


You can do this action in any versions of Photoshop from version 6 onwards.


define animal brush preset using custom shapes


Select and then use the define brush preset

scorpion in black and red


You can then use the created animal via many of the other tools in Adobe PS - you can also save it as a PSD or PNG and use the shape in other applications as strokes. Below, you can see the scorpion brush applied via the paint tool


cat tile pattern fill and dialog


Or use them as a tile via the edit menu command such as the cat shape applied in Adobe PS. You can create a near infinite selection of artworks to use with the new fill layer as well as with the deco scripts

Animal shapes for Photoshop as layers


layer options


You can apply the shapes in Adobe PS as layers, paths or fills. You set this via the control bar at the top of Adobe PS (once you have selected the custom shape tool)

Each have their advantage. The shape layer and path option does allow for the use of the Photoshop animal shapes (cats, dogs) as vectors and they can be re-sized at any point in the create process - you can also apply layer effects to the shape layers. The paths can be also used as a source for selections and masks. You can also alter the actual form of the shape while keeping the shape editable. The fill layer can be applied to any size of document but it is a lot harder to modify them at a later point (unless you add the animal shape to a layer and just delete the layer).


All three formats can be combined as well as exported. The shape layers / path can be exported as vectors, the fill can be exported as a raster format file such as a PNG image. The animal shapes can all be merged with the background image.


layers cats and palette


Above, see an example of two cat shapes applied as shape layers and the shape layers are added over two layers - you can merge these two layers as well as merge the layers with the background. You can use the shape layers with the powerful layer comp palette to create multiple works with the same vector graphic and these animal shapes can be moved and effects changed with a simple click of the layer comp palette in Adobe PS


With the latest version of PS, CC or CS6, you can also manipulate the layers palette in many more ways such as selecting custom shapes only or selecting text layers only.

What can I do with the animal shapes ?

They can be used to create items for commercial / personal use; you can also use the animal shapes to create items that can be used to create items for sale CU4CU. The animal shapes can be used to create items such as logos, books, items for sale on CafePress and Zazzle and many others, you can use the animal shapes to create mugs, t-shirts, fashions, posters, ceramics and much more.

How to convert the animal custom shapes as PNG images / export

The animal Photoshop shapes are in CSH. You can't use the CSH in other applications so what can you do if you want to use the animal shapes in other applications. Well, if the other application is Illustrator then it is fairly easy as you can apply the animal shape as a vector shape layer or path and then just copy that animal shape (any of the animal shapes such as the mammoth etc) from Adobe PS and paste into Illustrator and the animal shape can then be saved as an AI vector format file. You can also use the animal shape layer and save that via the export command in Adobe PS. The cats / dogs etc can also be saved as a vector via the PDF and also PSD format file.


combined butterfly insects


The butterflies for Adobe PS and PS Elements can be combined in different colors


If you want to save them as a raster format file then simply apply the animal shape as a fill pixel (#ia the top menu options) and then save that to PNG via the save command (you can also save it as a TIFF etc file as well). You can also use visual effects etc to create even more amazing shape graphics for other applications. If you apply the art noveau shape to a layer and then delete the background and then save the animal as a PNG image you can save the animal transparency for loading in other applications (useful for Painter as well as PSP and other applications).


There are probably many other ways to export the animal shape decorative graphics


rabbits bouncing


Rabbit shape decorative graphics in different poses and styles

frogs leaping


The frogs are hopping all over the place - different poses and styles for Adobe PS and PS Elements

cows in a field



Animals included in the set ?

















Sea creatures





Panther shape for Adobe PS and PS Elements with camera raw filter glow applied




A rough looking turtle but really quite friendly - a lovely sketch pet