Updated: November 6th, 2014
100 Turtle tortoise custom shapes for Photoshop CC & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 Elements 2014 includes hand drawn, scratchy, realistic, weird, woodcuts, sillhouettes and many more. Vector format tortoises for all kinds of documents, large or small. PC and MAC OS X. The turtle artworks are all by graphicxtras.com and can be used in 1000s of your projects. Set the color of the artwork via the foreground color of the toolbox, though you can also set the color of the turtle shapes via the layer effects dialog and color effects (as well as setting the color to a pattern or brush strokes or effects and much more - they don't have to be just black). The Photoshop turtle shapes can be distorted, transformed, rotated, warped, puppet warped and more. On buying the set, you receive the download link to the CSH along with documentation and gallery and others.
Loading the CSH presets ?
The files are all supplied in CSHs for use in Adobe PS and elements (sadly that is about it for applications when it comes ot the CSH). The CSH items can be loaded quick and easily by double clicking the CSH presets or right click the CSH presets and select the open command.
Another option, in some versions of PS, use the open command to open the files though this is not available in all versions of the application (in particular, on the mac). The custom shapes can also be placed in the presets folder and then accessed via the palette or via the edit menu presets manager (again, this depends on the version of the application). You can then load and replace the CSH (turtles). Use the replace command if you wish to get rid of all the others in the palette. You can use the load command just to add them to the existing vector set.
If you decide to get rid of all the current set, just use the reset command and that will restore all the vectors to the factory default.
The CSH was created with the Photoshop 6 version format and that was the earliest version for the shapes; you should be able to load and open the CSH presets in all versions of the application upards.
Cookie cutter in PSE
The turtle custom shapes can be used as standard vectors in Elements but they can also be used as PS cookie cutters as well.
Select the cookie cutter tool and then you will see the various options on the top options bar such as the current items in the palette (which can be any of the CSH) as well as feathering and also crop (which will crop the entire document to the size of the vector). If the crop option is not set to on then the result is just placed in the original location (feathered or not) with the full document and all the image outside of the cookie cutter removed. While applying the cookie cutter in PSE, you can constrain them (width and height) as well as rotate and scale and shears.
Once you have the PSE cookie cutter, you can always re-apply another cookie cutter to chop even more away from the artwork. You can use the end result as a wonderful source for strokes as well as patterns in PSE. You can also use visual effects to the cookie cutter such as blurs etc.
If you want to include the original image as well as cookie cutter then before using the tool, duplicate the layer as many times as you wish and use the cookie cutters on those (in different locations if you wish) and you can then also combine those multiple cut layers using blending modes such as difference to create some truly stunning artworks.
There are many videos on my youtube channel giving some uses for the cookie cutter in PSE
What can I do with the shapes ??
You can use the turtle shapes in numerous projects, there are very few limitations on the use of the CSH files. You have extended license / commercial use / CU4CU. Theys are all totally royalty free, no time limits or usage limits etc. You can use them to create posters, web pages, web sites, templates, cards, documentation, adverts, videos, mugs, notebooks, game items and much more.
If you have any questions about the usages of the items, please contact us and we will send you additional details about the usage. You can find the license via the top section of this page.
How did you create the shapes ??
The turtle shapes were all created in the powerful 3D application, Poser. They were all renders in 3D as well as using the powerful sketch renders. They were all then saved as PNG images which were then imported into Illustrator and the application's image trace tool was then used to convert the rasters into a vector format - many different image traces were used.
They were then saved as an AI format file and these were then imported into Photoshop 6 and the Vector graphics were then defined via the edit menu define custom shape command
Shape blur in Adobe PS
The custom shapes can be used as a source for shape blurs. It is a standard filter found via the blur commands (not, sadly, the blur gallery). You can set the strength of the blur as well as the vectory itself. Personally, I find the effect works best with subtle blur instead of using at maximum strength.
You can apply the effect multiple times. You can also apply the effect in multiple channels as well as using the effect with other filters such as blur gallery ones and also filter gallery effects. You can also combine the shape blur effect with selections (which can also be an item from the current palette added as a path and converted via the path palette to a selection)
Video tutorials about the turtle shapes for Photoshop etc
You can find many different video tutorials on the subject of the custom shapes for Photoshop via the youtube graphicxtras channel. You can find out how to load them, how to re-color them, turn into smart objects, use with libraries, how to warp, how to blend with others, how to export to other applications and much more.
If you can't find what you are looking for via the youtube channel, please let us know and a video or two will be created on the subject. Always happy to add more videos about them
See all the vectors included in the set (well, most) in different poses as well as colors and more - they were all created in Adobe PS - a preview of the pack 123. Set include realistic, woodcuts, silhouettes, abstract graphics etc
How to export shapes from Photoshop to another application such as Illustrator (but or psp etc) using PNG files as well as export of AI files (#ector) Turtles shown as an example Exporting Photoshop shapes to other applications
Shapes for Photoshop export
You can easily use them in PS but if you want to use them in Illustrator ?? just as easy; simply add them as a layer and copy and then paste in Adobe AI. With the October 2014 release of CC you can now also copy the path into the library (window and libraries) and use that in Illustrator.
If you want to use the vector graphic in other graphic applications then that depends on the application receiving the paths. Some applications can use PSD format and that format includes vector data and some applications are able to use that data (some may just rasterize it or ignore the data).
Another option would be to use the export command and paths to Illustrator which saves the data as an AI document (though I have experienced issues reading the AI documents). They can also be saved as raster files via the save for web or save as command. Another option is to save the imagery as TIFF or PSD file etc as they are very common image formats and well supported in most applications.
Creating new Photoshop turtle shapes
You can use them as is but I always see the set as a starting point, a resource for 1000s and 1000s of unique paths for all your projects. You can always apply them as a layer and then modify them using perspective tools or shear or warp etc or perhaps using the point tools to modify a few segments of the path.
You can also copy the layer to Illustrator and modify the artwork and re-paste it back into Adobe PS. You can then use the edit menu define command to save the new turtle for future use. The CSH presets needs to be saved otherwise the replace or reset will remove the edited work.
Styles / layer effects
The turtle shape can be applied as a layer and can have layer effects such as drop shadows and glows and patterns etc added to the artwork. You can also use the styles palette to apply an instant style to the path such as turning the vector into a metallic or plastic graphic or any of the other millions of PS styles available on the web.
You can also save the styled item to the libraries palette for future use.
You can turn the turtle shape into a Photoshop smart object via the layer menu or use the smart filter which also turns the artwork into a smart object. As a smart object, effects and other settings can be added and the underlying shape can be changed at any point (as well as any of the effects) - totally non destructive.
As a smart object, the image can also be converted to a linked object via the layer menu - the shape is saved as a permanent PSB (large file format) and this can be embedded or linked (#ia the place command) at any future point.
Another option with the October 2014 Creative cloud release, you can save the smart object animal to the libraries palette and this can then be used in any future projects.