Circle custom shapes for Photoshop / Elements

Updated: January 22nd, 2015

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Circle shapes for Photoshop (#176)

100 Circle shapes for Photoshop CC CS3 CS6 CS5 CS4 Elements CS2 CS1 7 6 2014 etc. royalty free download.


PC and MAC are all in CSH and can be loaded via the shapes tool.


The Photoshop circle shapes set contains many different circle shapes, distress shapes, weird outlines, embossed, cutting, arcs, rings and many more.


The circle shapes can be used via the custom shapes tool in Adobe PS as well as via the cookie cutter tool in PS Elements and also the shape blur filter in Adobe PS.


Commercial (CU4CU), no credit is required. All the circle shapes are by Andrew Buckle / and can be used to create items for sale

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Circle shapes for Adobe PS and others (#158)

100 stunning Photoshop circle shapes including abstract circular, bevelled, combinations, 3D, stars, extruded and more.


Commercial (CU4CU) use, all are by Andrew Buckle / and can be used to create items for sale. You can use them as layers as well as paths and fills to create millions of amazing artworks.

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Circle shapes (#57)

100 Amazing radial and circle shapes for use throughout Photoshop (all versions from 6 upwards) and PS Elements (from version 1 upwards) and the set includes bursts, dots, outlines, radial and many more.


Commercial use, all can be used to create items for sale. All are all by Andrew Buckle /

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Circle shapes for Adobe PS and others (#73)

160 Circle shapes for Adobe PS and PS elements includes abstract, mottled, weird, alien, ringed, frame, icons and many more.


They are for commercial (CU4CU) use, all royalty free, you can use them without any credit, no time limits are imposed. Use them to create logos, books, documents, adverts, packaging, posters, hats, shoes, scrap booking items and much more more.


All vectors. In standard CSH format.

Circle shapes for Adobe ® Photoshop and Elements

The set includes many wonderful circle custom shapes for use in Adobe Photoshop (you can see many examples of the circular artworks below as well as via the video tutorials from graphicxtras.


additional paths added


Additional paths can be quickly added to any of the vectors in the sets such as white spots etc


The circle shapes comes with a huge mix of different artworks such as radial, broken, distorted artworks, warped, rings, alien, extreme, frames and more.


All in standard native format CSH vector format and you can load the circles via the open command (in many versions of PS but not all). You can also load the via the custom shapes palette load / replace command. If you wish you can load all the Photoshop circle shapes (in all the CSH, they are spread through multiple sets) into a single CSH presets and load that so you can get instant access to all the circular artworks. You can also right click the CSH file to load it as well as double click the CSH file.


can be any color


They can be set to any color or stroke via the properties along the top bar of PS


The CSH are all vectors so they can be used with any size of Photoshop document. You can use them with small images as well as large work.


The circle shapes can be used as layers as well as paths / selections as well as fills in Adobe PS as well as PS Elements. You control the use of layer / selection via the control bar on selection of the custom shape tool in the Photoshop toolbox.


Change the color of the  fills via the Photoshop toolbox. If applied as a shape layer then you can also use the various layer effects to add metal, gel effects etc


shadows can be quickly added


Shadows can be quickly added by using multiple layers

Circle shapes and creative cloud updates

With the October 2014 update, you now use libraries. Libraries are a way of storing images and presets and resources (nearly everything) and using the results in future projects (or the current one). You can use the results of the stored items in PS as well as Illustrator (and hopefully at some point, all parts of the creative cloud). You can group the resources in numerous ways (randomly, work in progress, by project, by theme etc)


add text in numerous ways


You can add text / type in numerous ways to the artwork in PS


They can be stored as a layer, as a pixel fill on a layer, stored with a style added, stored as a smart object, multiple CSH vectors can be stored and much more. You can then recall them at any point to use again and again.


You can also use them as a path with the new flame tool feature in the CC October 2014 release, this makes for amazing image - a flaming circle shape (the flames can be added in 1000s of different ways). You can also use the paths with the tree tool to add trees and branches around any object.


 combined multiple times


They can be combined with others such as basic ovals

Shape blurs

The circle shapes can be used to create truly amazing blur shapes. You can use them in the shape blur filter found in filter menu. The tool uses the vector along with the radius or strength of the effect. Personally I always find the tool a little extreme if the setting is set too high - basically you can't see much but blur if it is too high. The best approach seems to be to apply with low settings and re-apply multiple times to create a distinct shape that sort of matches the input.


You can also combine the effect with selections which can also dampen the end result and leave more of the image. As with many of the Photoshop effects, you can also apply the effect to a duplicated layer and then blend the end result with the original; or use the fade option found in the edit menu.


You can also use the shape blur effect as a smart object (convert via the smart filter or use the smart object in the layer menu) which means you can always alter the effect at any point as well as combine multiple shape blurs (though it should be noted that the effect is not the quickest so unless you have a super powerful machine it is probably not a good idea to go for more than a few blurs). You can also apply the effect over channels via the channel palette which does create very weird and wonderful colorful smearing of the image.


There are many videos on the graphicxtras channel on Youtube showing possible ideas for the blur effect such as combining with the blur gallery along with art history and other options in Adobe PS. Sadly, the shape blur is not available in PS Elements


 layers combined multiple


They can be combined with other paths (yellow spots, above) and used on a layer which can be duplicated multiple times

Combined with other paths as well as text


Combine with text as well as other paths such as stars and dots - added to a pink background.

retro artwork


Green work with bobbles at the edges added to a green background on another green background.


What can I do with the circle custom shapes for Adobe Photoshop and PS Elements ?

They can be used in commercial work as well as personal work, you can use them to create items that can be used in turn to create new shapes that can be sold and so on (CU4CU). They can be used to create logos, book covers and interiors, illustrations, plates, fashions, advertising, packaging, posters, caps, textiles, ceramics, skateboards, leaflets, web sites, templates, videos and much more. You can use them to create millions of stunning unique graphics.


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Photoshop perspective warp and shapes

They can be used with the powerful perspective warp tool (found in the edit menu of Photoshop). To use, you must convert the shape into a smart object (#ia the layer command). 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 many ways such as up / down, disjointed, from left / 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.


frame themed re-applied


Multiple applications of the circular frame vector path in black and white added to a green background


You can re-edit the perspective warp which is still live.


If you wish to apply another perspective warp then you can turn the combo 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)

Photoshop circle shapes - Export to other graphic applications

You don't have to keep them only for the main application. Of course not, you can use them in other applications such as PaintShop Pro, GIMP and many more. If you use them as a shape layer then you can also copy and paste into Illustrator or use the export command to export the path as an AI document for the paths to opened in some vector applications.


You can also just apply them as a pixel / raster image and then save as a PNG or TIFF image and open that file in PSP and other applications. As the shape is a vector, you can make the file size of your raster export any size - say 10000 x 10000 and then import that (and re-open the file in PSP etc).


You can also use the shape decorative graphic to create strokes and tiles in Adobe PS and others and export any of those.


You can also use the shapes more than once to perhaps build a far more complex work and then export that to another application. You can save them as a PSB (large format) file as well via smart objects if you are using the latest versions of creative cloud. Or use visual effects and then export.


combined mixed


They can be combined with multiple paths