Animal Custom Shapes Collection for Photoshop / PS elements

2,000 Animal custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements, commercial inc. cats, dogs, birds, sea, insects and more

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2,000 Animal custom shapes collection for Photoshop and Photoshop elements (cats, dogs, spiders, horses, birds etc) CSH format

2,000 Different animal shapes including dogs, cat shapes, birds, owl custom shapes, insect custom shapes, spider custom shapes, turtles, horses, frogs, cow shapes, panther shapes, sharks, centipedes, realistic shapes, butterfly shapes, bear shapes, silhouettes, thin edge shapes, sketched shapes and many more. The animal custom shapes for Adobe Photoshop CC CS6, Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS4, CS3, Photoshop CS2 down to version 6 (as well as all the individual versions such as Adobe Photoshop 17-6) + Photoshop elements 11.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 down to version 1.0 + all versions of Adobe Creative Suites + Adobe Creative Cloud versions. The animals set includes 21 different sets of animal custom shapes files, approx 100 different shapes for each animal (i.e 100 dogs, 100 horse designs, 100 bear shapes, 100 insect shapes). The sea creatures set also includes fish, sharks, seals, crabs and many others. The insects shapes set includes spiders, cockroach shapes, centipedes and many more. All the animal shapes are for commercial use, all royalty-free, no time limits on their use. All the animal shapes are by (Andrew Buckle). Access the Photoshop animal shapes via the file open command as well as via the Photoshop custom shapes palette. You can then apply the arrow shapes in 1000s of ways such as blend the designs, combine, modify, export to other applications, use as new resources within Photoshop and so much more. The set includes the 21 CSH shapes files along with a thumbnail gallery as well as documentation. The animal shapes set for Photoshop are all in standard CSH format. Any questions about the custom shapes, please contact us on Always happy to answer any questions about the custom shapes as well as their use in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. There are also many additional tutorials and videos on the graphicxtras youtube channel. Use the stunning animal shapes to create items for sale, templates, logos, books, wallpaper, scrap, kits, adverts, documents, video, packaging and much more. Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. See all the animal shapes included in the set via the PDF link above


FREE animal custom shapes (horse, turtle) for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

2 Wonderful animal shapes as a sampler for the shapes collection. Commercial use designs, all royalty-free. CSH format

Animal custom shapes videos

Animals video


Animal custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements

Opening animal shapes

The animal shapes sets includes all the designs in CSH format and they are loaded via the file open command of Photoshop and Photoshop, you can also load them via the custom shapes palette load / replace command. Just select the insect shapes CSH file, butterflies shapes CSH, cow shapes CSH from the dropdown and apply. Once loaded into the shapes palette of Photoshop, access the animal shapes via the custom shapes tool (Photoshop toolbox) and apply as fills / layers


dogs cats shape

Dog shape / silhouette for Photoshop and Elements; cat silhouette shape


See the bear shapes palette below - this is what you see once you have selected and loaded the bear shapes CSH file into Photoshop


bear shapes palette


Just select the shape from here - you will notice that there are many different poses of shapes as well as type of design such as hand drawn shapes, realistic shapes, cut shapes, smudged shapes, pencils, edge shapes, silouette Photoshop shapes and many more - this is the same with many of the other custom shapes sets in the collection - so you will find realistic cats, scratchy cats, rough bears and more. Select the design via the palette and apply using the current set color or layer effect depending on the selected shape option in the Photoshop control bar. Below is another one of the shapes palettes (cats)


cat shapes palette


To change the shapes, just select from the side menu (if the shapes have been added to the custom shapes folder of Photoshop) or use the load / replace commands in the shapes palette menu. Once loaded, the bear shapes will no longer be accessible until you re-load them and only the cat shapes will be available.


You can, if you wish, load all the shapes into a single palette - this should be possible but I must admit, I haven't tried. You should be able to load them all in Photoshop CC CS6 but there were limitations with the earlier versions of Photoshop.


Animal custom shapes sampler

A selection of a few animal shapes in CSH format - commercial use, all royalty-free. Please feel free to download the animal custom shapes and use them in Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 CS4. Load via the file open commandor via the shapes palette.

Animal shapes demo

Animal custom shapes as sources for strokes

You can use the shapes in 1000s of ways but you might also wish to use them as tiles / strokes and use them as other resources within Photoshop - it is very easy to convert the shapes to other formats via the edit menu define commands. Simply apply the animal (cat / dog / bear) shapes in Photoshop - and as they are vector designs you can use them with any size of document and create any size of stroke / tile for your work - and then use the edit menu to save the design to a new rsource palette for use in later projects (you will still have to use the save command in that palette to save the designs for permanent re-use). You can apply the animal shapes once or multiple times, you can interweave the animal shapes in Photoshop with effects as well as layer effects and then save the shapes as strokes. A near infinite range of artworks can be created for use throughout Photoshop and the Photoshop toolbox. You can do this action in any versions of Photoshop from version 6 onwards.


See the animal shape selected (use the Photoshop marquee tool) and then go to the edit menu in Photoshop


define animal


You can then use the created animal designs via many of the other tools in Photoshop - you can also save the design as a PSD file or PNG and use the shape in other applications as strokes. Below, you can see the scorpion brush applied via the paint tool (found in the Photoshop toolbox)





Or use them as a tile via the edit menu command such as the cat shape applied in Photoshop. You can create a near infinite selection of designs for use with the new fill layer as well as with the deco scripts in the latest version of Photoshop, CS6


cat tile

Animal shapes as layers

You can apply the shapes in Photoshop as layers, paths or fills. You set this via the control bar at the top of Photoshop (once you have selected the custom shape tool)


shape layer


Each have their advantage. The shape layer and path option does allow for the use of the animal designs (cats, dogs) as vectors and they can be re-sized at any point in the create process - you can also apply layer effects to the shape layers. The paths can be also used as a source for selections and masks. You can also alter the actual design of the shape while keeping the shape editable. The fill layer can be applied to any size of document but it is a lot harder to modify the design at a later point (unless you add the animal shape to a layer and just delete the layer). All three formats can be combined as well as exported. The shape layers / path can be exported as vectors, the fill can be exported as a raster format design such as a PNG file. The animal shapes can all be merged with the background image.


Below see an example of two cat shapes applied as shape layers and the shape layers are added over two layers - you can merge these two layers as well as merge the layers with the background. You can use the shape layers with the powerful layer comp palette to create multiple designs with the same shapes and these animal shapes can be moved and effects changed with a simple click of the layer comp palette in Photoshop


animal layers


With the latest version of Photoshop, CS6, you can also manipulate the layers palette in many more ways such as selecting custom shapes only or selecting text layers only.



Date updated: May 26th, 2023


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