Updated: August 29th, 2014
Turtle shapes for Photoshop gallery 100 Turtle custom shapes for Photoshop and elements (V123)
100 Turtle tortoise custom shapes for CC & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 Elements 2014 includes hand drawn, scratchy, realistic, weird designs, woodcuts, sillhouette shapes and many more. Vector format tortoise designs 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 designs can be distorted, transformed, rotated, warped, puppet warped and more. Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. On buying the Photoshop turtle shapes, you receive the download link to the designs along with documentation and gallery and others. Any questions about the turtle shapes, please let us know
Turtle shapes images for Photoshop and elements
Loading the CSH files ?
The files are all supplied in standard CSH format files for use in Photoshop and elements (sadly that is about it for applications when it comes ot the CSH format). The CSH format designs can be loaded quick and easily by double clicking the CSH file or right click the CSH file and select the open command. Another option in some cases, use the file 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 custom shapes 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 shapes (turtles). Use the replace command if you wish to get rid of all the other designs in the palette. You can use the load command just to add the designs to the existing vector set. If you decide to get rid of all the shapes, just use the reset command. The CSH format file 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 file in all versions of the application upards.
Cookie cutter in PSE
The turtle custom shapes can be used as standard shapes in Elements but they can also be used as 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 design (which can be any of the CSH designs) as well as feathering and also crop (which will crop the entire document to the size of the vector shape). If the crop option is not set to on then the design 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 the design (width and height) as well as rotate and scale and shear transformations. Once you have the cookie cutter shape, you can always re-apply another cookie cutter to chop even more away from the design. You can use the end result as a wonderful source for strokes as well as patterns. You can also apply effects to the cookie cutter design. If you want to include the original image as well as cookie cutter shape then before using the tool, duplicate the layer as many times as you wish and use the cookie cutter design 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 designs. 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 designs. You have extended license / commercial use / CU4CU. The designs are all totally royalty free, no time limits or usage limits etc. You can use the designs to create posters, web pages, web site designs, templates, cards, documentation, adverts, videos, mugs, notebooks, game designs 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. The designs were all renders in 3D as well as using the powerful sketch renders. The designs were all then saved as PNG files which were then imported into Illustrator and the application's image trace tool was then used to convert the raster designs into a vector format - many different image traces were used. The designs were then saved as an AI format file and these were then imported into Photoshop 6 and the vector designs were then defined via the edit menu define custom shape command
Shape blur in Photoshop
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 design 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 a turtle design via the path option and converted to a selection)
Video tutorials about the designs
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 the shapes, how to re-color the designs, how to warp, how to blend with other designs, 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 the shapes, turtle or otherwise.
See all the designs included in the set (well, most) in different poses as well as colors and more - the designs were all created in Photoshop - a preview of the pack 123. The designs include realistic, woodcuts, silhouettes, abstract graphics etc
Shapes for Photoshop export
You have the turtle shape in Photoshop but you want to use the shape in Illustrator, well that is easy - simply apply the banner shape as a shape layer and copy and then paste in Illustrator. If you want to use the vector design in other graphic applications then that depends on the application to receive the banner shapes. Some applications can use PSD format and the shape format includes vector data. Another option would be to use the export command and paths to Illustrator which saves the data as an AI file (though I have experienced issues reading the AI files). The turtle / tortoise shapes can also be saved as raster files via the save for web or save as command. Save the banner imagery as TIFF or PSD etc
Where is the custom shapes tool ?
You can find the shape tool for the turtle shapes via Photoshop toolbox. There are a number of options associated with the tool such as constrain the size, use as a layer or path or pixels etc.
Creating new designs
You do not have to keep the same design as supplied in the CSH file. You can always apply the designs as a layer and then modify the design using perspective or shear or warp etc or perhaps using the point tools to modify a few segments of the design. You can also copy the layer to Illustrator and modify the design and re-paste the design back into Photoshop. You can then use the edit menu define custom shape command to save the new turtle for future use. The CSH file needs to be saved otherwise the replace or reset will remove the edited design.
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 design. You can also use the styles palette to apply an instant style to the design such as turning the vector into a metallic or plastic graphic.
You can turn the turtle shape into a Photoshop smart object via the layer menu or use the smart filter which also turns the design 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 design can also be converted to a linked object via the layer menu - the shape is saved as a permanent PSB (large Photoshop file) and this can be embedded or linked (via the place command) at any future point.