Updated: August 29th, 2014
100 Cat custom shapes for Photoshop CS4 CS6 CC CS5 CS2 CS1 CS3 14 13 Elements includes basic, hand drawn, silhouettes, shadowy design, rough, outline, posed , scratchy and more On buying the Photoshop cats shapes set, you can use them in countless projects. Load the cat custom shapes via the file open command or preset manager or the presets load / replace command. Set the color via the foreground color. Use the Photoshop cat shapes with effects for even more amazingly colorful artworks. The Photoshop cat shapes are for PC (Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista) and MAC OS X. All by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. Use the cat custom shapes to create items for sale such as on plates, mugs, coasters, logos, web pages, documents, adverts, packaging and much more.
Commercial use, royalty free
Use as cookie cutters / blurs / layers / paths / selections
Vector designs CSH format
100 Cat Silhouettes in PDF format - many wonderful cat shapes including cat silhouette shapes, scratchy cat shapes, pencil cat shapes and more. The cat shapes (for Photoshop etc) artworks are all in standard PDF format (Adobe Acrobat). All the cat shapes are are vectors for any size of work. Use cat shapes designs in many applications such as PS Elements, Photoshop, Apple Pages, Indesign and more. Use the cat shapes PDF files via the Photoshop file open command and the file place to import the cats. Blend the artworks, re-color, modify, distort, convert, export and much more. The cat shapes for Photoshop etc are for PC MAC. Commercial (CU4CU) use, all the cat shapes for Photoshop etc are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. The Photoshop cat shapes PDF shapes can be quickly converted to PNG and JPG etc for other applications
The cats can be used to create truly amazing blur shapes. You can use them in the shape blur filter found in filter menu. The tool uses the design along with the radius or strength of the effect. Personally I always find the tool a little extreme if the setting is set too high - basically you can't see much but blur if it is too high. The best approach seems to be to apply with low settings and re-apply a number of times to create a distinct shape that sort of matches the input design. You can also combine the effect with selections which can also dampen the end result and leave more of the image. As with many of the Photoshop effects, you can also apply the effect to a duplicated layer and then blend the end result with the original; or use the fade option found in the edit menu. You can also apply the shape blur effect as a smart object which means you can always alter the effect at any point as well as combine multiple shape blurs (though it should be noted that the effect is not the quickest so unless you have a super powerful machine it is probably not a good idea to go for more than a few blurs). You can also apply the effect over channels via the channel palette which does create very weird and wonderful colorful smearing of the cat designs. There are numerous other ways to use the tool to create stand out designs.
There are many videos on the youtube graphicxtras channel showing possible ideas for the blur effect such as combining with the blur gallery (how I would love to see the tool included in that) along with art history and other options in Photoshop. Sadly, the shape blur is not available in PS Elements
How to load the cat shapes in Photoshop
Double click the supplied CSH file and the cat shapes are then loaded into Photoshop etc. Another option, place the custom shapes CSH cat shapes file into the presets custom shapes folder for Photoshop or PS Elements and the cat shapes will then be accessible via the custom shapes browser, you can load the cats quickly via the dropdown menu of the browser. If you are using Photoshop, you can also use the preset manager found in the edit menu to load the cat shapes. You can also use shapes palette right side menu to load and replace the cat shapes (replace the existing shapes with the cats). You can then select the cat shapes and apply them as shape layers / paths / pixels
How did you create the cat shapes ?
The cat shapes were all created in Poser using 3D renders, the designs were then exported from Poser in PNG format and used with Illustrator and via the image trace tool, turned into vector designs. The vector designs were then copied via the pasteboard into Photoshop and saved as a custom shapes CSH file.
How can I use the cat shapes in Photoshop etc ?
You can use the cat shapes in commercial as well as personal work, you can use the cat shapes to create items for sale such as logos, books, documents, adverts, packaging, posters, cards, scrapbooking designs and much more. You can use the Photoshop cat shapes to create items that can be used in turn to create new cat shapes that can be used then to create items for sale (CU4CU). If you have any questions about the use of the Photoshop custom shapes cat designs, please contact us on email@example.com
Are there any videos to see how to use the designs ?
Yes, please check out our graphicxtras channel on youtube. There are many different video tutorials available. If you have any questions or would like to see other videos about the subject, please contact us
Can I use the cat shapes in other applications ?
Not directly, you can however save the cat shapes in Photoshop as PNG files or perhaps as vectors via the export command, you can then use the cat shapes in other applications. If you are using the cat shapes in Photoshop and you have Illustrator, you can also copy the shapes via clipboard / pasteboard and then use the cat shapes in Illustrator (you can then save the shapes in PDF and other formats)
How to convert the cat custom shapes as PNG files / export
The cat shapes are in standard custom shapes CSH. You can't use the CSH shapes in most applications (there are a few applications) so what can you do if you want to use the cat shapes in other applications. Well, if the other application is Illustrator then it is easy as you can apply the cat shape as a vector shape layer or path and then just copy that design from Photoshop and paste into Illustrator and thePhotoshop cat shape can then be saved as an AI vector format file. You can also use the cat shape layer and save that via the export command in Photoshop. The cat shapes can also be saved as a vector via the PDF format and also PSD format file. If you want to save the cat shape as a raster design then simply apply the cat custom shape as a fill pixel design (via the top menu bar) and then save that design to PNG format via the save command (you can also save the design as a TIFF etc file as well). You can also apply effects etc to create even more exciting cat shape designs for other applications. If you apply the art noveau shape to a layer and then delete the background and then save the cat design as a PNG file you can save the cat 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 cat shape graphics
Cat shapes as brushes and patterns ?
Yes, you can use the cat shapes as a great source for wonderful brush strokes and also pattern tiles. Simply open a file and then apply the Photoshop cat shapes and then go to the edit menu and use the define brush and define pattern command to save the design for future use. You can also use the cat shapes as a great source for displacement maps simply by saving the cat shape as a PSD file.
Shapes file format
CSH shapes format. The cat shapes are stored in Photoshop 6 format and can be used with all versions of Photoshop and PS Elements upwards (Photoshop 6 dates back to 2000, this was the first version with the custom shapes format). The cat shapes can be used on the PC and MAC
Creative cloud and the cat shapes
Yes, the cat shapes work fine with the latest version of the creative cloud from Adobe. The cat shapes work even better with the wonderful new features for the fill / stroke etc as well as other options for selection and applying the shapes. You can also use the shapes combined in the deco scripted patterns etc for some truly amazing cat designs.
Commercial use, royalty free download for Photoshop and elements CSH vector format. Free cat shapes download