Updated: November 2nd, 2014
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. Use to create such as books, logos, illustrations, items for sale, adverts, cards, wall paper, web sites and much more. All the giraffes are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. FREE sampler to download
Commercial use, royalty free
On purchase, receive PNG images notes actions + serial + gallery
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 apply the Photoshop giraffe brushes as is but you can also apply them and then combine with effects / filters via the filters menu. 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.
You can find a lot of information on the PS / psp presets etc via our graphicxtras video channel on youtube.com. 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
Use as a source for other presets such as tiles etc
The 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.
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
Use as 3D graphics
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.
Use with image modes
They 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.
How did you create them ?
The wildlife images were created using Poser as 2D renders of 3D models. They were exported as PNGs and opened in Adobe AI and Photoshop. 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
Use with adjustment layers
Changing the color of a stroke 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)