Frog brushes for Photoshop / Elements / PSP

Updated: March 10th, 2015

frogs brushes for Photoshop and elements smeary realistic  CC CS6 CS5

USD 6.99 (Fastspring)

Frog brushes for Photoshop (#171)

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 as well as sketch and calligraphic and silhouette.


They can be re-colored, modified, warped, blended, exported for use in other applications, have water color effects applied and much more. You can also use them as a source for amazing patterns and displacement maps and much more.


Commercial use, all royalty free, all are by 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.


ABR + PNG format, on purchase you receive those as well as documentation and gallery and serial and PS actions


PC and MAC (Windows, 10.10 10.9 10.8 etc)

Frog brushes for Photoshop and Elements


green pond life in different poses


Multiple animals applied in different poses in Adobe PS CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc

Photoshop frog brushes perfect for many applications

The Photoshop frog brushes are for use in most applications. The ABRs are for PS but the PNG images can be used as strokes as well as images in virtually all applications. You can also just convert the PNG to TIFF etc

Photoshop frog brushes and creative cloud updates

With the October 2014 update, you can use all the artworks with the new powerful CC libraries. You can add the images in numerous ways and then copy the results to the libraries palette. All the items are then available via the creative cloud. You can add them by category, by color, work in progress, by project or just add them to the same default library. Once you have added them to the library, you can then simply drag them from the library and use them in any future project. You can also use the results in Illustrator.


frog brushes Photoshop effects, smeary and blurry animals mixed in color


The Photoshop frog brushes can be applied as is but you can also use them and then add effects such as oil paint filter (for some pretty surreal looking animals)

Opening ABR PNG images in PS

They are easy to use and apply throughout the application. The set comes with them in the ABR 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 open command to load the ABRs in some cases though for some weird and wonderful leaping reason, the open does not work with every version of PS and Elements. The best solution to opening the ABR 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 to the presets folder (and this varies with the application - I would suggest searching the web for the current location for CS6 CS5 CS4), they 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.


frog brushes tools such as the brush tool, pencil tool and mixer brush tool in Photoshop toobox


Pencil tool, color replacement tool, mixer tool etc


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 images 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.


multiple  which can be turned into a new  stroke


Multiple strokes for PS, elements etc


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 dabs, apply with varying colors and more.


You can also use the palette to rotate the stroke so if you want them to be upside down when you apply it (and why not), use the palette to rotate them 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!)


sketch pondlife thin line  CC CS3 CS2 scratchy



Use as a layer

If you wish you can use them only in the PNG 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 them in countless ways to create many unique and wonderful artworks. They 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 the stroke.


frog layer effects satin style applied in Photoshop (change blending mode and contour etc)


Layers effects dialog in PS and elements


The example above shows a stroke applied to a layer (a new layer) and then layer effects applied to the - could easily be wood, metallic, gel or a text effect but in this case a satin and color effects and shadow are applied. 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 that can be re-used such as in a live effect of an vector shape or dynamic floater)

How were the Photoshop frog brushes created ?

All the strokes were created in the excellent Poser application version 8 (though it is now up to 9 and also SR3). They 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 images which were then imported into version 6 and saved as a ABR via an action which imports all the PNG images 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.


 styles and a drop shadow applied elements


As a layer, the animal can have a shadow added as well as many other styles in Adobe PS

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 pages, packaging, cards, animals and much more.


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swirl oil paint frog brush - use filters and plugins with the frog brushes in Photoshop


They distorted using the powerful plugin / effects in PS and elements etc - the above was manipulated using the oil paint filter


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 and I will try and create a few videos about the subject


frog sketch brushes blurred and foggy effect line in Photoshop and elements


Many different effects can be applied to the animals such as blurring and camera raw filter effects

How to load into PaintShop Pro

open the PNG images and then select a paint tool and dispay the options, there you will see the feature to create 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.


woodcut etch photoshop frog brush and elements CC CS6 CS3 CS2 scratchy rough


They can be modified by image adjustments such as the threshold adjustment (you can also use the threshold adjustment as a layer and remove the effect)

Where can I get more information ?

The best source for any information about PS and the Adobe PS elements via the 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


 woodcut line in Photoshop in black


Many different strokes are included in the set and if you wish, you can modify the stroke (with effects as above) and then define and save

Using frog brushes 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 images into the patterns folder of PaintShop Pro and that is located in the location specified in the file preferences file location.


 realistic multiple in different poses and expressions


Many different presets are included and all in different poses

Toolbox tools

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.


duo pondlife and elements


They can be applied once or multiple times in PS / psp - just change the palette settings when you select the tools in the toolbox - they can also be applied in any color, not just black

What do I get ?

On buying the set, you receive the link to the ZIP and the ZIP includes the presets in ABR and / or PNG 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 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


paint daubs filter gallery effects applied to along with camera raw filter


They can be modified in many ways using various PS, as well as psp, filters such as paint daubs and camera raw filter effects

Use Photoshop frog brushes with styles

You can always apply the presets to layers and if you add them to layers you can then use the layer styles / layer effects to create amazing metallic, plastic, glowing, paper and many more. You can also modify the style via the layer menu and layer effects dialog which means you can add drop shadows, strokes, glows as well as remove elements in the style. You can also use the layer scaling option to change the style in 1000s of ways and create even more amazing imagery

Use the frog brushes with Photoshop channels

You don't have to use them in RGB, you can use them in red channel alone or perhaps the red and green and totally ignore the blue channel. The results depend on the colors used. Use the channels palette to add a dab to the red etc, just select the red channel entry. You can use them with different sizes, different colors and different positions of dab to create all kind of amazing color effects with these tools.


You can also use the channels palette to break the channel into a red image and green image etc and then turn those into RGB to use the dabs with effects such as blurs and more. You can then use the channels palette to merge them all back to a single composite RGB image.


You can also do the same channel splitting with the image modes set to CMYK and also LAB etc but then the channels are cyan, magenta etc or Lightness and A and B channels


row of pond life in 3D


They es can be used on layers and as layers you can apply styles but you can also quickly align and distribute them as well

Use with adjustment layers

Modifying the color 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 dabs is to use the adjustment layers feature of Adobe ® CC CS6 etc. The adjustment layers can be removed in seconds; you can also move the adjustments up and down the palette. The settings of an adjustment layer can be modified in seconds. The painted dab remains 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 dabs to the layer's mask.


The adjustment layers are added 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, photo filter, threshold, hue, vibrance etc)


 curve image adjustment  for all kinds of vignette and more


You can use the curves in image adjustments can be used to create all kinds of interesting effects - you can also find a free plugin tool called parametric curves on the web and that creates even more amazing effects.

plaster frog using effects


Set the foreground and background to black and white and use the plaster filter in the filter gallery to create a quick silhouette

cutout cartoon


A quick way to turn the realistic into a cartoon, use the PS cutout filter found in the filter gallery