Cow brushes for Photoshop / PSP / Elements

Updated: February 26th, 2015

cow brushes for Photoshop, Xara and elements mixed realistic  on a green background

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Cow brushes for Photoshop (#79)

50 Cow brushes for Photoshop CC CS3 CS1 CS6 CS5 CS4 2014 Elements PSP GIMP Xara Pages etc includes realistic, drawn, rough, sketched, woodcut cattle farm presets and more (please note that it is the same animal - they were all rendered in a 3D application called Poser).


ABR and PNGs in different poses.


The ABR presets are easy to use and apply, simply add them to the palette via the load / replace commands and then apply them using the tools such as paint, smudge, blur, clone etc. Combine, re-color them, warp, export, convert them to different formats and much more.


PC and MAC OS X.


Use the Photoshop cow brushes in countless projects such as web pages, farm yard scenes, t-shirts, textiles, fashions, scrap booking, books, cartoons, videos, plates, stickers, posters, caps, skate boards, leaflets. Commercial use

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Cow brushes for Photoshop and Elements and psp

Use the cow brushes in most applications, not just Photoshop

They can be used in countless ways in PS and PS Elements. You can also use them in countless other applications either by using the ABR set and export them from PS in other formats such as JPG or TIFF; or just use the included PNG images and then convert those into other formats such as JPG.


standing in a field against a blue sky


You can add them to any kind of background - simply add a dab via the toolbox once or multiple times and on any background

add them with text and combine


You can add text / type to the animals in numerous ways

Photoshop cow brushes and creative cloud

With the October 2014 update of CC, they can be added to libraries. You can dabs added to any image, you can add the PNG files etc to the libraries and they can be then used in any future projects; the items can also be used via the libraries in Illustrator. You can store work in progress, animals in different colors, animals used in particular projects and much more. By using the library feature, you work is safe. All of the animals are placed in the cloud (in the same folder structure as the libraries) so it is a perfect place for a backup of any work. You can see all the resources in the cloud via the Adobe Application manager and the file section (libraries) via your browser.


cow brushes for Photoshop realistic moo  applied in black on a white background single stroke


Realistic preset applied in black in PS and elements

stained glass cow brushes effect in Photoshop


They can be extended either by using the palette to add scatter etc or you can take a stroke and use it as a source for other strokes such as a stroke with a blur or painted glass effect added, the farmyard animal then becomes a stained glass effect though it is unlikely that the animal will appear in any church window at any time.The stroke was created using a standard dab and applying it (in black) and then a stained glass effect in PS is applied and the stroke is then re-defined via the edit menu. Of course, many other effects can be added to them and many such as black and white effects can be used to create stamps or cutouts, all very useful if the original size is fairly small (400 x 400 etc)

stamp filter cow brush using plugin effects in Photoshop and elements great brushes stroke


The stamp effect, once defined in PS, can be applied over and over to very large images such as 3000 x 3000 images.

Cow brushes to patterns for Adobe ® Photoshop

They can be used as a source for a vast range of pattern tiles (all seamless) as long as you create them avoid the seams, of course. Use the filter menu offset command to create more interesting tiles. You can also add color into the mix (unlike the sources for the ABRs). You can then use the edit menu define command to load them into the palette and then they can be used with the new fill content, overlay feature of styles etc. You can also just save them as a PNG file and then add them to the patterns folder of PSP and you can use them in Corel PSP (as well as textures).


They can also be used in other apps as well such as Patterno and Scopeworks (two of my favourites)


As a tile, you can also use them with the powerful deco scripts feature (edit menu fill) which includes a brick fill, cross weave, spiral, random fill, symmetry and also place on curve. You can modify the results such as add randomness to the color / hue / brightness as well as rotation and scaling of the items. You can use the deco scripts once or multiple times to create many different types of images.


As a tile you can also use them with layer effects and styles, such as the overlay / texture feature and stroke option. You can save the result to an ASL file.


patterns tiles grids


They can also be used with the powerful new script features in CS6 / CC / CC 2014 (even better now with the dialog preview and additional settings) via the edit menu such as symmetry / spiral / brick fill and others.

sketched stroke black on white


They can be modified in millions of ways such as by adjustment layers and effects / filters. Above, a sketch effect applied using black and white color settings via the filter gallery

text can be added on a layer on green


They can be used with text in PS and elements and others on any background

Cow brushes loaded into PSP

Open the PNG images via the open command and then select one of the paint tools and open the presets browser to see all the existing current strokes. You can now use the create a selection button to create a new and wonderful unique stroke. You can also, of course, use visual effects to add to the image such as lomo photographic effects and film effects and many more; re-color them and then save as a new custom stroke. The result is saved in the standard Corel folders depending on the file locations set in the preferences for PSP as a pspbrush file as well as an attached script file with a similar name

Use as frames

You can use them as frames, as a source for new amazing frames as well as just one of the images as a frame. You can create a circular frame, square frames, irregular frames, you can create alternating frame images, use them with additional paths and much more. You can use them as a quick mask (#ia the PS toolbox) and then use that selection as a frame - there are many possible ways to use the tools to create some wonderful edges / borders


frame in green


They can be used to create all kinds of frames now just a basic square frames

alternating animal spot frame


The above uses an alternating animal and spot frame in Adobe PS

 cutout brush using Photoshop plugins and effects realistic to basic on green


They can be used as is but they can always be modified using PS as well as PSP effects such as the cutout plugin - you can also then add them again to the presets palette via the edit menu define command

oil paint smeared effect


They can be blurred and smeared and distorted in millions of ways using camera raw filter and oil paint filters in PS etc

video tutorials

Cow Photoshop brushes videos ?

You can find all our videos about the PS etc strokes via our graphicxtras channel on youtube. All the videos are by Andrew Buckle (me) - sorry if some of the early videos are a little long. If you have any particular question, please contact us and I will try and create a video or two or more on the subject


A video of many of the artworks included in the set (for use in your projects), shown as is as well as with effects applied and colors added etc Photoshop cow brushes included in the pack 79

What do I get with the cow Photoshop / psp brushes ?

On buying the set, you receive the link to the ZIP and this includes them in ABR / PNG along with documentation (you can find our manual on issuu) and gallery of all the strokes as well as a serial number for any update of the set.


You should be able to unzip the compressed file without any extra software but if you do need extra software to expand the file, stuffit expander is a good application to use which can be found on the Smith Micro web site


sketched and grazing animal


Sketched animal

shadow animal farmyard animal


They can be used on a layer and can then be modified by styles / layer effects such as adding a hi-impact drop shadow

Loading the ABR into PS

They can be loaded into PS by double clicking the ABR. You can also, in some versions, load the file via the open command. You can also select the ABR and select PS to open the file. You can place the ABR into the presets folder and then access the file by name via the right side menu of the palette. You can also load the them via the edit menu preset manager. They can also be loaded via the palette right side menu and load / replace (replace removes the previous set)


For PS Elements, the best approach is just to add the files to the presets folder and then access them via the palette.


blur animal blue


They can be blurred and re-applied in PS and elements to create out of focus images

Loading brushes in Adobe PS PNG

To load the PNG images into PS, simply open and select the PNG image. Once loaded, you can then go to the edit menu and define command. The set includes a selection of actions to do the same task so you can always use the action to define the brush. You can also then use the file automate batch menu command to run that action on all the PNG images and load all into the current palette. Once loaded, you can then use the palette to save all the current set to an ABR file etc. You can also define all the strokes as patterns as well via the define pattern command.


As you can also modify any of the PNG with additional effects such as filter gallery effects, poster edges, charcoal, chrome, sponge, camera raw filter and the result can also be defined as a new resource in the app.


illustration  using poster edges and exposure


They can be turned into an illustration using a combination of filter gallery effects (poster edge) and exposure image adjustment

anime image color lookup image adjustment red background


They can be re-colored using image adjustments such as color lookup - in the above case, anime palette has been used

What can I do with the cow brushes in Adobe Photoshop and others ?

You can use them to create commercial work as well as personal work, you can use to create CU4CU items. You can use them to create logos, books, illustrations, skateboarding, farmyard scenes, web pages, videos, packaging, t-shirts, shoes, fashions, textiles, ceramics and much more.


Any questions, please contact us and we will try and help (#ia


transformed via the brushes palette rotate


They can be rotated and re-sized via the palette controls so the image can be upside down, flipped, rotated and more

blending modes and difference blend


They can be applied using different blending modes, they don't have to be applied just in normal in PS but darken, difference, soft light and more

used as art history tool dab effects


They can be used as a stroke with the art history tool in PS to create all kinds of painted effects


realistic colorful image


Colorful PNGs can be loaded and use in numerous ways in PS and Corel PSP etc

Cow brushes are for ??

CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 7 6 and standalone and Elements 13, 12, 11, 10 to 1


PaintShop Pro

Adobe IND

3D applications






rough  pastel blue


Rough stroke in pastel - single stroke in the set for use with PS and elements