How to create animal vector custom shapes using a combo of Photoshop / Illustrator / Poser tutorial
A quick guide to creating animal themed custom shapes using poser (or daz, I guess) and Illustrator
OK, the first thing that is need for the creation of the Photoshop animal custom shapes is that you have the above three apps and also that you have some animal shapes in the Poser application but that should not be a problem as animals are included with the default Poser set and so unless you have deleted them, you should have some animals to render.
It is a pity that Adobe fuse does not include some animals like cats and dogs
1) Startup SM Poser.
As with many applications there are many ways to achieve much the same and you have perhaps have your ways of achieving the best renders etc possible but this is a just a quick way to get from an animal shape in Poser to an animal custom shape in Photoshop
2) Set the render settings in poser via the render menu and to the correct level of quality you want. I am generally happy with a decently quick render and not too long a wait and then go to the window menu of Poser and libraries
3) go to the library and search for an animal (say a dog or cat or owl or pets etc).
4) Once you have selected one and added it to the Poser document you can now use the positioning tools and settings such as changing the head etc via the parameters to the correct look for you.
Personally, I try and keep the animal model in the center avoiding the edges so I get the whole animal in the Poser scene and then go to the lighting and setting that to the required (depends on you but you want to keep the animal fairly clearly and not too dark or tool light so you have little to work from when you get into Illustrator etc).
5) Now go to the render menu and use the render dimensions to set the size and dpi etc (set this to fairly large but not so large it takes forever to render) and then render menu and render to a PNG file.
6) Once you have the animal in the PNG file, you can use the Illustrator application to turn it into a vector via the image trace.
7) Close Poser or generate more rendered PNG files. To further modify the image, you may wish to pre-edit the design in a tool such as PaintStorm Studio to add sketched and paint etc to the design.
1) Go to Illustrator and use the open command or the place command to open the animal shape and this will be just a raster file.
2) Go to the image trace command button.
3) You will need to display the image trace panel (via the top bar) and you can then set the advanced option to 'ignore whites' as this means the background can be seen.
4) Change the threshold depending on how much or how little of the image you want to see as well as the number of paths for the animal shape.
5) Once you have finished, click expand and you should have a decent vector shape to use as a point for an animal custom shape in Photoshop.
6) Use pathfinder to unite the animal shape
7) copy design via the edit menu
1) Start Photoshop
2) you can now simply select the poser / illustrator animal shape and copy and then paste into Photoshop
3) select the "shape layer" option
4) use direct selection tool to select the entire vector layer animal shape (see the left image)
5) go to the edit menu and define custom shape and there you have your perfect animal custom shape for Photoshop from Poser (you can also do much the same thing in Daz Studio)
6) apply using the custom shape tool in Photoshop and add effects etc (see image on the right that has been manipulated using analog efex pro 2)
You can also find a massive range of custom shapes on the site such as dash custom shapes for Photoshop and elements and crescent / lunar custom shapes and contour and offset custom shapes which can all be combined with the animal custom shapes.
You can find many other tutorials about the shapes such as how to use the custom shapes to create brushes in Photoshop tutorial