How to create animal shapes using Photoshop / Illustrator / Poser tutorial

How to create animal custom shapes using a combination of Poser (or Daz) and Illustrator and Photoshop.

Create animal custom shapes

create animal shape in Photoshop and Illustrator and poser
  1. Start Smith Micro Poser (to create initial animal shape design)

  2. Poser and select animal shape and render animal design and save as PNG

  3. Open into Illustrator

  4. Image trace animal shape

  5. Copy into photoshop

Generate an animal design in Poser to Illustrator to Photoshop. The animal custom shapes are vectors for any size of work


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All kinds of designs are available in a variety of 3D apps such as Poser or Daz (there are a few other apps around as well)


The key thing are the apps. A quick guide to creating animal themed custom shapes using poser (or daz, I guess) and Illustrator OK, the first thing that is need for the creation of the Photoshop animal custom shapes is that you have the above three apps and also that you have some animal shapes in the Poser application but that should not be a problem as animals are included with the default Poser set and so unless you have deleted them, you should have some animals to render. It is a pity that Adobe Fuse does not include some animals like cats and dogs. Poser is my favourite application and one that I use a lot for all kinds of shape creation and not just cats and dogs etc


Startup SM Poser. As with many applications there are many ways to achieve much the same and you have perhaps have your ways of achieving the best renders etc possible but this is a just a quick way to get from the 3D application to PS or PS Elements etc


Set the render settings in poser via the render menu and to the correct level of quality you want. I am generally happy with a decently quick render and not too long a wait and then go to the window menu of Poser and libraries

Go to the library and search for an animal (say a dog or cat or owl or pets etc).


Once you have selected one and added it to the Poser document you can now use the positioning tools and settings such as changing the head etc via the parameters to the correct look for you. Personally, I try and keep the animal model in the center avoiding the edges so I get the whole animal in the Poser scene and then go to the lighting and setting that to the required (depends on you but you want to keep the animal fairly clearly and not too dark or tool light so you have little to work from when you get into Illustrator etc).


Now go to the render menu and use the render dimensions to set the size and dpi etc (set this to fairly large but not so large it takes forever to render) and then render menu and render to a PNG file.

Once you have the animal in the PNG file, you can use the Illustrator application to turn it into a vector via the image trace.


Close Poser or generate more rendered PNG files. To further modify the image, you may wish to pre-edit the design in a tool such as PaintStorm Studio to add sketched and paint etc to the design. image trace


Next into Illustrator CC CS6 etc

Go to Illustrator and use the open command or the place command to open the animal shape and this will be just a raster file.


Go to the image trace command button.

You will need to display the image trace panel Via the top bar) and you can then set the advanced option to 'ignore whites' as this means the background can be seen.


Change the threshold depending on how much or how little of the image you want to see as well as the number of paths for the animal shape.


Once you have finished, click expand and you should have a decent vector shape to use as a point for an animal custom shape in Photoshop.


Use pathfinder to unite the animal shape and copy design via the edit menu



Now into Photoshop CC CS6 etc


You can now simply select the poser / illustrator animal shape and copy and then paste into Photoshop


Select the "shape layer" option

Use direct selection tool to select the entire vector layer animal shape


Go to the edit menu and define custom shape and there you have your perfect animal custom shape for Photoshop from Poser (you can also do much the same thing in Daz Studio)


Apply the design as a vector in PS CC 2018 2017 2015 etc


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