How to create animal custom shapes for Photoshop 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


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The applications : controlsThe key thing are the apps.


You need

Poser (or Daz)




Poser comes with a reasonable selection of cats and dogs etc but they haven't updated the selection for quite a while and some of the types are pretty obscure (certainly if you are based in the UK)


It is a pity that Adobe Fuse does not include cats and dogs. Poser is my favorite application and one that I use a lot for all kinds of vector creation and not just cats and dogs etc


Poser : catStartup 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


Select model to use : libraryGo to the library and search for a cat or dog or insect or something


Once you have selected one of the models 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 model in the center avoiding the edges so I get the whole model 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 model fairly clear and not too dark or tool light so you have little to work from when you get into Illustrator etc).


Render : renderNow 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.


PNG file (or other format) : horseOnce you have the artwork 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.


Illustrator : openGo to Illustrator (CC 2018 2017 etc) and use the open command or the place command to open the animal shape and this will be just a raster file.


Image trace : image traceGo 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 graphic


Once you have finished, click expand and you should have a decent vector artwork. Use pathfinder to unite the graphics and copy design via the edit menu


Perhaps be useful to store away in the CC libraries via the window menu


Photoshop : pasteYou can now simply select the design in Illustrator and copy and then paste into PS CC 2018 2017 2015 etc. Select the "shape layer" option.


Use direct selection tool to select the entire vector layer and then you can define that and store it away for future use


Go to the edit menu and define command and there you have your perfect dinosaur or rabbit 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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