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Updated: July 4th, 2015


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Giraffe brushes for Photoshop (#183)

170 Giraffe brushes for Photoshop CC CS4 CS2 CS6 CS5 CS1 CS3 elements 2014 GIMP Painter PSP Pages etc includes realistic, head shots different poses, cartoon strokes, silhouettess, sketches, shadows and more.


Use as layers, use as images, use as a source for patterns, displacements, use as masks, use to create selections and more. They can also be used as basic layers in many applications by loading them via the place / file import commands.


The Photoshop giraffe brushes can all be accessed via the open command of many applications on the PC and MAC OS X.They can be re-colored, modified, warped, transformed, combined, modified and much more.


Commercial use, royalty free, world wide use, no credit is required. Use to create such as books, logos, illustrations, items for sale, adverts, cards, wall paper, web sites and much more. All are by Andrew Buckle /


PNG format - on purchase of the set you receive the download link to those along with documentation and gallery and serial and PS actions.

Giraffe brushes for Adobe ® Photoshop and Elements

realistic image wildlife animal closeup

They can be used as is but they can also be used just as a layer or single image. You can apply them as strokes but you can also just place the PNG image and apply transformations as well as color effects and layer effects

What do I get with the giraffe Photoshop brushes set ?

On buying them, you receive the link to the ZIP and the ZIP includes the PNG images along with notes and gallery of all the strokes as well as a serial number for any updates of the set.


You should be able to expand the ZIP without any more software but if you do need some software to expand the file, stuffit expander is a good application to use which can be found on the Smith Micro website

Use Giraffe Photoshop brushes with effects and filters

You can use them as is but you can also use them combined with effects / filters via the filters menu in PS. I always prefer to apply the stroke as a PS layer and then use the layer as a smart object layer and then apply smart filters as the smart filters can be modified at any point in the creative process.


All kinds of Adobe filter can be applied to create all kinds of amazing animal artworks - use effects such as oil paint/ paint daubs / camera raw filters, filter gallery effects and more.


elements elements CC CS4 etc brown illustration

They can be used to create custom shapes.

and elements different colors

Use with any color via the toolbox foreground.

Photoshop giraffe brushes / Video tutorials

You can find a lot of information on the PS / psp presets etc via our graphicxtras video channel on All are by Andrew Buckle. If you have any questions about them, please contact us and I will try and create a video or two on the subject. Video of pack 183 showing all the wonderful animals in the set (sketch and realistic etc)


The camera raw filter is a mini PS powerhouse - here is a video showing how to use it with the strokes on this page to create truly weird and wonderful smear / blurry / smudged imagery. Smear and smudge using camera raw filter in Photoshop

Creative Cloud CC and updates

The October 2014 Adobe CC update included a number of new features, the libraries are probably the most useful relating to this set. Adobe PS and Illustrator now include a library where you can store all kinds of things such as tiles, PNG files, brushes, shapes, swatches, type and much more. Once you have added the item in the library, you can re-use them in the future.


The libraries means you can use the items in Photoshop and Illustrator as well as across different OS and also across different machines and the items are carefully stored away to be retrieved in seconds. You can use it as a great tool for work in progress, grouping items in projects, color schemes, items for a web page and much more


One thing with updates of the CC is that sometimes great features are also removed such as in the June 2014 update: oil paint filter in PS. Now that was a powerful filter that could be used with any of these strokes on this page to create truly wow imagery, especially combined with the camera raw filter. One workaround this is to always keep the CS6 and CC active as part of your subscription as they still contain the oil paint filter. A bit of a hassle perhaps but at least the filter is still accessible even after the update


giraffe brushes photoshop darken lighting in psp and painter realistic posed

Realistic animal - lovely highlighted image and you can use this as a brush stroke but it can also be used as a layer and blended with other images (such as the jungle or perhaps the local high street)

wildlife and elements drawn hand  patchy

Use with any color, change via the color controls in the toolbox though you can also change the color via the presets palette and color dynamics - you can adjustment layers to modify the color as well. Use with the Kuler tool to create nice colors in harmony in PS

glowing  strokes on yellow

You can use them on layers and you can then apply glows or shadows - one is clearly very happy with himself

camera raw filter effect and strange smeary gradient

They be used in any color, any size (to the limit and a little beyond of the actual size) and they can also be modified by endless PS / psp filter effects / plugins

Use Giraffe Photoshop brushes source for other presets such as tiles etc

The Photoshop giraffe brushes PNG images as well as the ABR can be used as other resources in Adobe PS, PSP etc. You can open the PNG image and then use the define pattern command to save the stroke as a pattern tile (seamless or otherwise). You can also convert the PNG image into a PSD (native format) and the stroke can then be used as a displacement map. You can also use visual effects, color etc. The image can also be used as a source for shapes and much more.


 fill pattern scripted  jumble  strokes

Use as a wonderful source for amazing fills in PS such as using the scripted patterns and random fill

Use the Photoshop giraffe brushes with styles

You can change any of them simply by adding a style or layer effect. There are 1000s and 1000s of styles available on the web and there are also 7000 or so available on this site. You can add shadows, glows, pattern overlays and much more.


You can also combine the PNGs with adjustment layers and styles into smart objects which can be saved as a PSB file for future use. With the October 2014 release of the creative cloud, you can also drag the styled item over to the librariies feature and store it there and the item can then also be used in other apps such as Illustrator as well as in future projects in PS


gel strokes added with metal and blurring fade styles in PS

Colorful styles can be applied to any of the wildlife animals

Use giraffe Photoshop brushes as 3D models

You can use the presets via the PS 3D tools (if you have creative cloud). Apply the preset to a layer or open the PNG via the place command. Select the new 3D extrusion from selected layer or new mesh from layer commands to create a 3D graphic. The 3D model can be re-modeled using a number of 3D features included in the application. You can also save the '3D' model via the 3D menu export layer command as well as print to a 3D printer (if you have one).


You can export in the following 3D formats: Collada DAE, Adobe Flash FL3, Google Earth, STL and Wavefront OBJ (which is more useful for me as I can use it in Smith Micro Poser, one of the best applications ever).


Note that the 3D menu names have changed a few times over recent versions, I guess it will settle down at some point. The formats also change as well with different versions.


sketch and hand drawn animal included in the set

There are many different images are included in the set and in many different styles

Use with image modes

The Photoshop giraffe brushes can be used in basic RGB mode, they can also be used in CMYK mode as well as the gray color mode and LAB mode and others, you can also use the presets in 8bit / 16bit / 32bit modes for those image modes, they es can then be used to create truly amazing color effects. They can also be used in different separate channels such as red channel and green blue (as well as cyan, magenta etc) channel etc

Use with type / text

You can apply the presets to type such as warping and distorting or blurring type and much more. You can also fill the strokes with text by using selections and paste into that selection. You can move the pasted text to different positions as required as well as scale the layer etc.


paste text into the image using the paste into command in PS

Text can be used to fill via the paste into command

How did you create the Giraffe Photoshop brushes ?

The wildlife images were created using Poser as 2D renders of 3D models. They were exported as PNGs and opened in Adobe AI and Adobe PS. In Illustrator, the images were manipulated using various plugins and image trace features and the results copied into PS to be saved as PNG images. Poser is an application from Smith Micro - one of the best graphic tools around


silhouette against a white background with some texture

Many different stunning images and resources are included in the sets such as silhouettes or highlight

Use with adjustment layers

Changing the color of a giraffe Photoshop brushes etc can be done via effects and image adjustments (as well as via the foreground color in the toolbox) but a quick and easy way to change the color of the presets without any 'lasting' effect applied to the pixels is to use the adjustment layers feature. The adjustment layers can be removed in seconds. The effects of an adjustment layer can be modified in seconds. The underlying preset remains untouched until you flatten the image. Adjustment layers are also even more useful with patterns (and the strokes make also useful patterns).


The adjustment layers are added via the layer menu and new adjustment layer - you can ase them also in the layers palette. There are many adjustment layers such as color lookup, threshold, color filter, hue etc (though I wish HDR toning was available as an adjustment layer as well as camera raw filter)


combine with other images and photos and white silhouette animal image

They can be combined with images in 1000s of ways

adjustment brushes layer

Gradient maps are a useful adjustment layer for adding instant color to a stroke (beyond the color added via the foreground and background color)

sketch animal posed with text at the side on a brown background

The sketches as well as others can be added to text in numerous ways in PS and PSP and other applications

white silhouette and shadow effect and blurring added to pale brown background, posed animal

They can be converted into a shadow by blurring them; an additional white silhouette can be added to the shadow