Gear shapes for Photoshop / Elements

Updated: April 24th, 2015

rounded gear mixed spikey and sharp and curved

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Gear custom shapes for Photoshop (#23)

150 Gear custom shapes for Photoshop CC CS5 CS6 CS4 CS2 CS3 CS1 etc Elements, royalty free downloads including sharp, chunky, spikey, flat, ridged, cog wheels, outlines, rounded and many more.


All in Vector CSH - Load the CSH presets via the custom shapes palette. On purchase, receive the CSH + gallery + serial + notes


Commercial (CU4CU) use, all are by Andrew Buckle / Use them to create posters, adverts, posters, coasters, banners, mugs, fashions, ceramics, diagrams, scrap booking, videos xand many more.


The gear Photoshop shapes are for PC (windows 8, windows 7, Vista, XP etc) and MAC OS X.


Use them as layers, paths, pixel fills and more. They can be combined, modified, distorted, exported, blended, used with effects, used as source for brushes and patterns and more.

gear vector Photoshop shapes

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Gear custom shapes (#186)

100 Gears, all vectors in CSH. Use to create items for sale and more including edge and complex, circular, rounded and many more for Adobe PS CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc and PS Elements.


All are by Andrew Buckle /


All for commercial (CU4CU) use, royalty free, world wide use, no time limts. You can use them to create logos, books, adverts, papers, packaging, hats, masks etc


Use on the PC and MAC


Load the supplied CSH presets via the open or via the custom shapes palette and then use them via the toolbox. They can also be used with the cookie cutter tool in PSE. They can be combined, modified, distorted, warped, exported and much more.

Gear custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements

can be filled with gradients

You can fill those with all kinds of color such as gradients


they can be duplicated and used to fill background

You can use them once or multiple times, you can also combine them with other paths such as the red center


drop shadow vector  elements black on green

Drop shadow added. They are all vectors for any size of work so you can use them huge or very small or just use a part of the path in closeup

gradient filled cog

They are even more useful with the latest version, CC 2014 & CS6, as you can now apply the gear as a layer and quickly change the color from a solid color to a pattern or as above, a gradient.

white center combine anchor curved on red

You can combine other paths with the gear / cogs in millions of ways - use them to create totally unique cogs for all your projects. You can also now convert this into a smart object and convert to linked to save as a PSB shape for all kinds of future projects

combine with text and use as frame

They can be combined with text in numerous ways in Adobe PS

extrude cog

Extrude in many different ways using Adobe PS CC CS6 etc

cog wheel green

They can be combined with themselves or other graphics in any kind of color combinations

yellow blurred nightmare

They can have effects such as blurs applied. The above image shows multiple paths with different blurs applied

frame stroke eye

They can be used as a perfect source for frames. Use as a selection and then fill the unselected area with black and the edge of the selection with a stroke of white.

gear shapes color for Photoshop and elements mixed  sizes

They can be applied once or multiple times and can be applied in any color such as red and yellow

Loading the gear custom shapes into Photoshop ?

The CSH set can be double clicked to load the vectors into the application; you can also right click the CSH presets to load them. In some versions of Adobe PS, you can use the open menu command to load the them. You can also place the CSH presets into the presets folder and then use the palette to load / replace them.


yellow perspective distortion anchor

They can be distorted / perspective into many different forms and can be rotated, sheared, scaled and more. You can also warp them in many different ways as well



You can also use the preset manager dialog found via the edit menu

Can I combine the gear Photoshop custom shapes ??

Yes, they can all be combined in many different ways either by using them as layers and then using the unite / subtract options to merge the layers into one. You can apply them close or far apart. Do not expect to make an entire machine out of all the cogs and wheels though as the various spokes are not made to join etc as there are chunky, rounded, thick, thin etc


You can also use them pixels as well as layers and you can combine them then either using the normal blending mode or perhaps combine them with different blending modes such as overlay or difference.


combine with text

Rounded graphic - all are perfect in combination with text


You can combine them into all kinds of intricate as well as basic imagery, perhaps using them to create frames and more.

Gear shapes in Photoshop and channels

You can use them in a single composite RGB image but you can use them (in pixel mode) in the red channel, green channel, blue channel separate or just not applied at all to a particular color channel. The result depends on the color of the vector.


perspective path on brown

You can add all kinds of paths to your work such as the above perspective influenced one


You can also do the same if you are using CMYK, LAB image modes etc but instead they are applied to Lightness or Cyan or Yellow channels etc. You can, if you wish to use certain effects, split the channels apart and then apply the effects and then merge, this is all done via the channels palette.

Gear shapes and gradients in Photoshop

You can use them with solid colors but if you are using them as a layer you can set the color to a sold color as well as a gradient and also a pattern and you can also add strokes (again with gradients etc). You can also apply gradients to them if you use them as layers with layer effects added - gradients can be added via the glow, gradient overlay as well as the stroke settings. If you use them as a pixel fill then the gradients can be added to the cogs via the gradient tool which can be added using blending modes.


add text

Text can be added to them


You can also add gradients to them via the adjustment layers by using the gradient map feature which can results in some truly extreme color effects especially combining with the curves feature.


strokes added

You can add a stroke via the option bar in Adobe PS

filled artwork graphics in PS

You can add many different types of fills such as gradients but you can also add different fills based on patterns (the patterns used above are contours available via our patterns page).

shadows styles

You can add styles and you also convert the shadow into an invidual layer which can be distorted using the perspective warp etc to create unique shadows

Gear shapes and Photoshop smart objects

You can use them as a normal paths and you can apply normal effects and if you decide that you have made a mistake, you can always use the undo.


A better approach is to use them as layers and then use the layer menu smart objects and convert to smart object command. As a smart object, they can have effects added and removed and the settings changed in seconds; you can also use them with features such as perspective warp to distort the path into all kinds of weird and wonderful forms.


as patterns spotted

You can use them as a source for all kinds of images, you can use them with other paths (as above with the lighter brown spot) and also use them as a source for pattern tiles and fills.


You can also combine the smart object with adjustment layers such as cuves (again they can be edited and removed as required) and also with layer effects. The entire object can also now be quickly saved and used as a PSB file via the smart object menu and convert to linked.

Exporting the Photoshop gear shapes to other applications

You can't use them in other applications, the CSH has very limited support but you can always save the cog CSH vectors as a layer by using the export menu command to save as an Illustrator file (AI format). You can also copy them via the pasteboard to Illustrator as well as to some other parts of the Creative Cloud.


focus cog on the eye image

They are all for Adobe PS and PS Elements can be combined in millions of ways with images such as being used as a frame over an eye or a highlight.


If you want to use them as raster files then it is easier as you simply have to apply (once or multiple times and perhaps combining with effects) and then saving that via the save command to a PNG or TIFF image which can then be opening in apps such as Corel PSP. I would suggest PSD but it still amazes me how many times this format still cannot be read particularly well in even the Adobe's apps - surely by now the PSD / AI etc format should be accessible in all of the graphic apps of the Creative Cloud (used it with Acrobat recently and the file could not be used to build a PDF which struck me as truly weird)

Photoshop Video tutorials

You can find out a lot more about the tools via our graphicxtras video channel on Youtube.


I am always adding new video tutorials to those pages every couple of days such as how to load them, how to convert them, how to use them as frames, how to apply styles, how to use with gradients, how to combine with text, use with smart filters, adjustments, how to use them in different channels and much more.


Any questions, please let me know and I will try and create a video on the subject.



gear shapes for Photoshop and elements fill  stained glass

They can be re-applied multiple times and can be filled with all kinds of colors to create a stained glass effect