Updated: August 29th, 2014
USD 6.99 (Fastspring)
100 Frog brushes for Photoshop CC CS4 CS5 CS2 CS3 CS6 2014 Elements PSP GIMP Pages DRAW etc (all royalty free 300 DPI) includes many different poses and realistic designs as well as sketch and calligraphic designs. They can be re-colored, modified, warped, blended, exported for use in other applications, have water color effects applied and much more. All are by graphicxtras.com and can be used to create items for sale such as adverts, web pages, mugs, coasters, mousepads, posters, underwater scenes, on lilies and much more.
PC & MAC
ABR & PNG
Commercial use, royalty free
On purchase, receive files + gallery + serial + notes
Perfect for many applications
The Photoshop frog brushes are for use in most applications. The ABR files are for PS but the PNG files can be used as strokes as well as images in virtually all applications. You can also just convert the PNG to TIFF etc
Opening ABR PNG files in PS
They are easy to use and apply throughout the application. The set comes with the designs stored in the standard ABR format file as well as PNG. To load the presets into PS, go to the edit menu and the preset manager and select strokes. You can also use the file open command to load the ABR files in some cases though for some weird and wonderful leaping reason, the file open does not work with every version of PS and Elements. The best solution to opening the ABR file is to select a paint tool / dodge / smear / blur etc tool and then go to the palette and use the load / replace commands on the side of that palette to load all the varied poses of animals.
If you add the ABR file to the presets folder (and this varies with the application - I would suggest searching the web for the current location for CS6 CS5 CS4), the designs will then appear in the list along with the assorted other sets such as basic, calligraphic, DP, drop shadow, dry media, faux finish that are loaded with the initial installation of PS and Elements. This might prove more useful in the installation. If you obtain the presets via the Adobe Exchange (latest version) that can be accessed within the application via the extensions section, the presets are properly installed in the presets folder by default without any interaction.
Once loaded, you can then apply the strokes via all the various tools (such as paint, pencil, clone, art history, smudge - above you can see some of the tools that you can use with the tools such as the mixer tool and the pencil and paint tool in the toolbox - many of the tools are hidden beneath other tools). PNG files are also supplied and these can be used as strokes but they can also be used as patterns and displacement maps as well as just layers or images in the application.
The presets, once loaded, can be applied as a single dab or as a spray or as a continuous flow - this depends on the settings in the palette. This offers a massive range of options to apply the dabs such as scatter the designs, apply with varying colors of weird and wonderful sickly designs and more.
You can also use the palette to rotate the stroke so if you want the design to be upside down when you apply it (and why not), use the palette to rotate the design by 180 degrees or 90 degrees You can use the little rotation tool to rotate the stroke but personally I have always found it easier to enter 90 degrees in the angle field in the palette. Other settings such as roundness can be used to squeeze the life out of a poor animal (no actual animals are harmed!)
Use as a layer
If you wish you can use the designs only in the PNG format and place the file into PS as a layer. The layer is set as a smart object (with the recent versions of PS) and you can then combine the designs in countless ways to create many unique and wonderful artworks. The designs can also have live effects applied such as blurs, filter gallery effects and more as well as the standard bevel / shadow / stroke effects. As a layer, the shape can also be just used as one part of a design.
The example above shows a stroke applied to a layer (a new layer) and then layer effects applied to the design - could easily be wood, metallic, gel or a text effect but in this case a satin and color effects and shadow are applied to the design. The stroke can then be saved and used and applied either as a new stroke or as an object (sadly, PS has no object library to store snippets of designs that can be re-used such as in a live effect of an vector shape or dynamic floater)
How were the designs created ?
All the strokes were created in the excellent Poser application version 8 (though it is now up to 9 and also SR3). The designs were all rendered in a variety of different poses and angles as well as using my favourite renders, scratchy renders (I wish Poser would add more options for that). Those renders were then saved as PNG files which were then imported into version 6 and saved as a ABR file via an action which imports all the PNG files in and saves them via the edit menu - reasonably quick way of doing it instead of repeatedly going to the edit menu for each file.
What can I do with them ??
Use to create ommercial as well as personal work, you can use the items to create new items that can be used to create items for sale CU4CU. You can use them to create logos, books, illustrations, adverts, documentation, textiles, web page designs, packaging, cards, animal designs and much more. Any questions, please let us know via email@example.com
You can find out more about the tools via the graphicxtras channel on youtube - where you can find out how to load them, how to distort them, how to combine them, modify them and much more. If you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and create a few videos about the subject
How to load into PaintShop Pro
File open the PNG files and then select a paint tool and dispay the options, there you will see the feature to create a custom design for PSP. Once defined, you can use the presets with most of the tools by selecting from the PaintShop Pro palette. You can also convert the file into a new picture tube via the export command.
Where can I get more information ?
The best source for any information about PS and the Adobe PS elements via the adobe.com website. It gives a lot of detail about the tools and the various settings though perhaps not how to get the best out of them - it is certainly a useful resource
Using the designs as patterns
Yes, you can use the presets as a source for amazing patterns as well. Simply load the PNG via the edit menu define pattern command. You can then use them with the powerful new scripted features such as applying random fills, follow path etc as well as pattern fill layer etc. To use as patterns in PSP, place the PNG files into the patterns folder of PaintShop Pro and that is located in the location specified in the file preferences file location.
You can use the presets with most of the toolbox tools such as clone tool, sharpen tool, smudge tool, art history tool, history tool, sponge tool, mixer tool, dodge tool, pattern stamp tool and many others. Each of the tools have their uses as well as different settings via the palette (such as color dynamics etc) as not all the tools can access all the various settings (blur has no interest in color so therefore the hue / color dynamics is not available). Many different settings are available in the panel such as scattering, dual, saturation jitter, textures, pose, transfer, spacing , rotation, angle jitter, opacity, angle etc. They can be even used as a wonderful source for art history toolsas well as the pattern stamp tool.
What do I get ?
On buying the set, you receive the link to the zip file and the zip file includes the presets in ABR and / or PNG format along with documentation and gallery of all the strokes as well as a serial number for any update. You should be able to expand the zip file without any additional software but if you do need some software to expand the file, stuffit expander is a superb (and very quick and easy) application to use which can be found on the Smith Micro website
Use with styles
You can always apply the presets tp layers and if you add them to layers you can then use the layer styles / layer effects to create amazing metallic designs, plastic, glowing, paper and many more
Use with adjustment layers
Modifying the color of a stroke etc can be done via layer effects and image adjustments and plugins (as well as via the foreground color in the toolbox, of coursebut a quick & easy way to change the color without any 'lasting' impact of the effect applied to the strokes is to use the adjustment layers feature of Adobe ® CC CS6 etc. The adjustment layers can be deleted in seconds. The settings of an adjustment layer can be modified in seconds. The underlying rdab emains untouched until you flatten the image. You can also change the adjustment layer via the mask section in the layer palette by adding shapes as well as strokes to the layer's mask. Adjustment layers are also even more useful with patterns. The adjustment layers are added to the designs via the layer menu and new adjustment layer - you can use them also in the layers palette (at the bottom of the palette). There are many adjustment layers such as color lookup, photo filter, black and white adjustments, gradient map, threshold, hue, vibrance etc)
Commercial use designs for all your projects