Arc custom shapes for Photoshop / Elements

Updated: January 27th, 2015

arc tattoo abstract

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Arc shapes for Photoshop (#126)

100 Arc custom shapes for Photoshop CC CS3 CS4 CS5 CS6 CS2 CS1 14 2014 13 Elements includes many different shapes works are included in the set such as stars, frames, letter themed, tribal, rounded, cris cros, eye themed, thick, thin, outlines, tattoo and many more.


CSH format. They can be loaded into Photoshop via the open command or via the shapes palette or via the preset manager command (though this varies from version to version of the application).


Commercial use, royalty free, no time limits. You can use the arc custom shapes to create items for sale. Use them to create books, logos, frames, patterns, brush strokes, adverts, tutorials, packaging, videos, costumes, skateboards, business cards and more. All the arc shapes are by Andrew Buckle /




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repeat shape for Photoshop and elements

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Arc shapes (#159)

100 Arc custom shapes in CSH for Adobe PS and others. The set includes rounded, mottled, warped, crinkly, dotted, thin, double, , eye themed and many more. Download.


Combine the wonderful images in millions of different ways to create amazing unique shapes. Commercial use, all royalty free.


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 extrude mixed

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Arc custom shapes for Photoshop (#181)

100 Arc custom shapes in CSH includes embossed arc shapes, dotted, dash, shadow, extruded, cut off, calligraphic and others. All can be applied as a shape layer, path or pixel.


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Stored in CSH, load the shapes via the shapes palette and use with the custom shapes tool and shape blur as well as the cookie cutter in PS Elements.



Arc shapes for Photoshop and Elements


multiple gradients combined

You can combine multiple items from the sets and also add any colors such as gradient fills


arc shape Photoshop elements extrude in black

Curved item with extrude

Loading Photoshop shapes

The arc shapes can be loaded into Photoshop by double clicking the CSH presets, this loads them into the application's shapes palette. You can also right click the CSH shape and open and load the shapes that way. You can also add the shapes file to the presets custom shapes folder (found in the Photoshop folder) and then access them via the right side menu of the custom shapes palette in Adobe PS. You can also just use the load / replace commands to load all the CSH into the palette. Another option is to use the preset manager found in the edit menu - though this option is not always available in all versions of Photoshop

Vector graphics

The arc shapes for Photoshop are vectors - you can apply them as a shape layer (remains as a vector) or path (#ector) and pixel (raster) but if used as a pixels can be set to any size - though as soon as they set in the raster format, they cannot be easily re-sized. As Vector graphics, the Photoshop shapes can be copied over to Illustrator and other vector applications and manipulated by the vector tools in those applications (especially useful being the Mirrorme tool and VectorScribe plugin from Astute Graphics)

Photoshop perspective warp and shapes

The arc shapes can be used with the powerful perspective warp tool (found in the edit menu). To use, you must convert the Photoshop shape into a smart object (#ia the layer menu). You can then apply the perspective warp found in the edit menu in Adobe PS. The tool uses two steps to modify the shape, a layout and a warp. You can apply the layout grids in numerous ways such as up and down, disjointed, from left to right, in a grid etc (sadly you cannot save the pins for future use). You can then click the warp and use the defined pins to warp and distort them in countless ways. Click OK to process the warp to the select custom shape smart object. You can re-edit the perspective warp which is still active. If you wish to apply an additional perspective warp then you can turn the combination of perspective warp and Photoshop shape into a smart object (#ia the layer menu) and use the warp on that (and this can be repeated over and over)


 elements and text

Combine with text in 1000s of ways

rounded spots

You can also add other paths to any of the items

fill color random colors

They can be filled with many different random colors - millions of different stained glass can be created using combinations of arcs

metal elements styles

Styles / layer effects can be added to any of the items in the set. Chrome effect.


Transformed vector graphic

duplicated grid formed

You can duplicate the layers and use the guides to create a distributed grid in Adobe PS

color fill duplications

They can be re-colored via the fill / stroke settings for the custom shape tool in Adobe PS

Videos about the shapes


You can find all our videos via our graphicxtras channel on youtube. You can find out how to mottle shapes, how to distort them, combine with text, load them, use as paths, use as shape layers, how to re-color, how to combine them into patterns and much more. If you would like to see a video about this particular set, please contact us and I will try and create a video or two or three on the subject in Adobe PS CC 2014 or perhaps earlier (I don't have all the versions of PS active)


A video showing how to create a mottled vector shape decorative graphic

A quick guide to creating a vector layer mottled arcs in Adobe PS CC 2014 using the subtract features


spotted fill

The arc shapes for Adobe PS and PS Elements can be filled with all kinds of works such as white spots and pink spots

track and elements dotted

Arc shapes for Photoshop - many different exciting graphics such as the tracks is in the sets (check out the preview links to see them)

Cookie cutter and Elements 12 11 etc

They can be used as normal 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 path (which can be any of the vector CSH) as well as feathering and also crop (which will crop the entire document to the size of the vector graphic). If the crop is not set to "on" then the graphic 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 proportions as well as rotate / scale / shear. Once you have the cookie cutter shape, you can always re-apply another to chop even more away. You can use the end result as a wonderful source for strokes as well as patterns. You can also apply visual effects to the cookie cutter graphic. If you want to have the original image as well as cookie cutter shape then before using the tool, simply duplicate the layer as many times as you wish and use the cookie cutter on those (in different locations if you wish) and you can then also combine those multiple cut layers using blending modes such as difference and darken etc. There are many videos on my youtube channel giving some uses for the cookie cutter

Arc Photoshop Shapes as layers, pixels etc

You can use them in three modes, well four or five or actually more if you convert them. The shapes can be used as a shape layer, as a path and as a pixel. In the first two, the shapes are Vector graphics and can be manipulated in many ways as a vector (though the best application to alter the paths is probably Illustrator). The shape layer can be used with styles as well as smart objects (as can the pixel option). The pixel option is a raster format and can be combine with layers (if using an existing or new layer) or just on the background. The path option looks the least promising but it can be used to great effect with strokes as well as patterns. The shape layers and paths can be transformed in 1000s of ways, the pixel option can still be transformed but any changes will probably degrade the final image. The path option is great for creating selections and this is done via the path palette. The pixel option is superb for creating elaborate masks by entering quick mask mode via the toolbox and using them over and over to create truly complex masks (and selections). So, how do you select the path etc options: top bar of the shape tool (top of the screen). It is now a dropdown in Adobe PS CC 2014 and recent versions, previous versions used buttons to change modes.


pop art shapes arc backgrounds

Pop art arc shapes - the arc shapes can be used with any backgrounds in Adobe PS