logoCustom shapes for Photoshop

Updated: August 29th, 2014


1000s of Photoshop custom shapes for CC 2014 CS3 CS5 CS2 CS6 CS1 CS4 Elements 12 11 10 etc, royalty free all for commercial use, CSH format designs PC and MAC OS X. All by graphicxtras.com / Andrew Buckle

  1. 13,000 Shapes

  2. 3D

  3. Abstracts

  4. Animals

  5. Arcs

  6. Arches

  7. Arrows

  8. Art nouveau

  9. Banners

  10. Basic mixed

  11. Blots

  12. Bow ties

  13. Butterflies

  14. Buttons

  15. Cats

  16. Checkerboards

  17. Chevrons

  18. Christmas Xmas

  19. Circles

  20. Clouds

  21. Connections

  22. Contours

  23. Crescents

  24. Crosses

  25. Dashes

  26. Diamonds

  27. Dogs

  28. Doodles

  29. Dots

  30. Easter eggs

  31. Eyes

  32. Faces

  33. Flames

  34. Fleur-de-lis

  35. Flowers

  36. Frames

  37. Gears / cogs

  38. Gothic / goth

  39. Greek

  40. Grids

  41. Halloween

  42. Hearts

  43. Hexagons

  44. Horses

  45. Horseshoes

  46. Insects

  47. Kids

  48. Lattices

  49. Letters / type

  50. Moire

  51. Octagons

  52. Octopus

  53. Orbits

  54. Ornaments

  55. Owls

  56. Overlays

  57. Panda bears

  58. People

  59. Polka dots

  60. Polygons

  61. Radials

  62. Rings

  63. Rosettes

  64. Saw blades

  65. Scratchy

  66. Scrolls

  67. Sea creatures

  68. Shields

  69. Snowflakes

  70. Space aliens

  71. Stars

  72. Star flashes

  73. Step / art deco

  74. Spirals

  75. Talk balloons

  76. Teeth

  77. Torus

  78. Triradial

  79. Turtles

  80. Tribals

  81. Trims

  82. Twirls

  83. Valentines

  84. Vintage type

  85. Waves

  86. Zigzags

  87. Zooms

Photoshop custom shapes and Elements

Photoshop custom shapes for 32 bit / 64 bit versions

You can use the Photoshop custom shapes in 32bit and 64bit. They work just as well. If you use the 32bit version (of CS5 CS6 CC) you will have to place the presets in the x86 folder of the program files on the PC. You can use the load / replace as well as file open command and access the presets from a central folder


custom shapes for Photoshop and elements combine text / type


The vector designs can be combined with text in millions of ways

panda shapes for Photoshop and elements animal designs


Many different animal sets can be found in the sets for PS and elements such as pandas, bears, cats, dogs etc

splat shapes for Photoshop and elements mixed designs CC CS4 CS3 color


Selection of splat / blots applied in different colors across an image - can be applied in any color and to any size

Use as a layer

The Photoshop custom shapes can be used as a layer and layers can have a layer effect applied such as metallic or blue gel creating stunning metal / gel / wood / plastic designs and more. layers can also be transformed, distorted, slanted, scaled, rotated and much more. The transform path menu and warp can be used to warp the preset into an arc / twirled form and more. Modify the applied effect via the layer effects menu

Preset browser

If you have a lot of CSH Photoshop custom shapes files then it becomes tricky to find a particular vector design. You can load many different designs into a single palette but there is a useful tool from Tumasoft called the Presetviewer breeze. It allows you to quickly search through 1000s of designs as well as export them to PNG format. You can also browse for ABR and PAT etc files. You can use the tool on the PC and MAC.


letter shapes for Photoshop and elements add designs


The sets includes many different letter design sets such as C themed designs. You can also add other paths to the letter designs such as white blots for PS and elements

embellish flourish shapes for Photoshop and elements in red


The sets include many different designs and these can be used with all kinds of backdrops and other elements in the application

swirl shapes for Photoshop and elements combined with colors


The swirls can be combined with color using a combination of magic wand to select the areas and fills

heart embellish shapes for Photoshop blended


The heart designs can be used in combo with the embellished vectors - use the designs to create millions of unique images and elements in your projects

hexagon shapes for Photoshop and elements CC CS4 C5 etc


The hexagons can be used once or multiple times. You can use the designs in all versions of PS 6 upwards (7 CS1 CS2 etc as well as the stand alone versions and PS elements)

hexagon shapes for Photoshop as a shape layer and gradient fill and stroke


Fill with gradients as well as add strokes and apply to any backgrounds

abstract star shapes retro designs for Photoshop and night sky


The stars sets include many different abstract / retro designs for all kinds of projects and night skies

opacity star shapes for Photoshop and elements background


The stars do not need to be applied with the opacity set to 100%, you can set them to 20% or 30% etc to create all kinds of interesting overlays, masks, backgrounds and more

flourish shapes for Photoshop floral designs transformations angled


The swirl / florals can be transformed in numerous ways such as distorted, warped, scaled, rotated etc

surreal shapes arrow designs curved shape and crowns and shadows for Photoshop


Selection of abstract designs, arrows, shadow designs, curved and rounded designs

Use as paths

You can create the designs in three different modes, layers and paths and fills. The one trouble with the path option is that there is no fill so all you can see is a very thin line and if this is applied against a messy background it is often hard to see the path. The path can be converted into a selection via the paths palette. The selection can then be transformed, filled, used as a selection for effects. So even if they initially appear to be the least useful, they can be used to create many different designs. You can also export the paths into Illustrator for further modifications.


CC 2014 & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 & Elements 12 - 1

Use for ??

Commercial work







Scrap booking

Web pages







Video and more

Fills and presets

The presets can be applied as a layer but you can also apply the design as a fill pixel (it is the third option on the option bar of PS). The CSH tool is found beneath the rectangle tool, ellipse tool, line tool etc. Once you have selected the tool, the available CSH presets for the fill are made available via the dropdown on the option bar (to load new presets, use the load / replace functionality). To apply the design as a basic fill, just set the color for the fill via the foreground color and then apply the design to the document (that depends on you). They can be applied once or multiple times and can fill the entire document or just a small part of the document. You can also use them as a source for a brush (edit menu define brush) and then apply the design as a fill via the brush stroke - again, up to you. The fill is applied with the current opacity and mode setting (you can set the mode to normal, difference, multiply, darken and other modes). You can then combine multiple fills by using the blend modes or opacity. You can also create a new layer and apply as a fill on that layer, this does have an advantage of allowing the transparency to be used with layer effects and drop shadows and bevels (otherwise the normal fill is just a flat design). The fill design can also be further modified, either applied on the background or on a layer, via effects which can be applied to the fill to create blurred versions of the design or stained glass fill effects etc. The fills can also be constrained by the selection tool / marquee tool or other selection tools found via the select menu. If you try and apply the fill outside of the selection, nothing will be applied - only the part inside the selection will be filled. You can also use the fill design to create masks which can then be used to create complex and exciting selections.



elegant wave shapes for Photoshop and elements layers


The waves (curved design in pink) can be combined with other layers (circle) and can then be used as a duplicated layer to create patterns and backgrounds etc or just a single element in a design.

wave shape bevel design three combinations lens flare for Photoshop


The waves can be re-colored, layer styles such as bevels applied along with plugin effects such as lens flare - great for 3D depth designs for use throughout PS (if you want to re-use the design, save an individual design as a PNG file and then re-import using the place command or use the bridge tool as a central resource of preset designs for PS). It is a pity that there is no central image store within PS to drag from a library of ready built designs

different posed shapes females for Photoshop and elements


Many different figure / posed / female figure sets are available. Above shows four silhouette people / female figures in different poses

figure shapes glow using camera raw filter for Photoshop


The figure / females can be combined with plugin effects such as camera raw filter to create stunning background glows

colorful wave shapes for Photoshop and elements mixed random color


The waves can be colored in numerous ways in PS - filled with random colors and more

tangle Photoshop shapes and shape toolbox showing designs and background


The above fill designs are created using different colors (set via the foreground in the toolbox). The displayed items in the palette are from the curved sets available via the link at the top of the page.

Used as overlays

They can be applied to an image with 100% opacity, you can use the preset as an overlay with say 50% opacity. This also means the presets can be used as a watermark over an image


1) Select tool in PS

2) Select fill pixel option (top bar of PS)

3) Set opacity setting to 50%

4) Apply current selected design

5) Re-apply (great for creating a blurry design or smudged look)



Use with scripting

You can quickly create scripts using the powerful listener plugin (add to the plugins path) The scripts can modified and used to create all kinds of amazing designs using the vector designs.

Modify the designs

The presets can be used as is but they can also be modified by warp and slant and perspective as well as by individual points of the path can be modified and pulled in or out and angled and this can result in a totally different vector design. This can be saved via the define command in the edit menu. The best way to modify the vector design is to copy it via the pasteboard into Illustrator and back again

Use with text

They can be combined with text. The text needs to be converted to a layer and then additional vectors can be added to the text via the pathfinder options to add to the layer or exclude or subtract.

Apply effects

They can can be blurred, stain glass filter applied, distorted, lens flare, oil paint, camera raw filter etc; either as a layer or as a selection (path) and as a fill. The layer needs to be rasterized before it can be blurred (sharpened isn't perhaps as useful for a vector) or a better solution now is to use the presets as a smart object (convert via the layer menu) and use with the filters as smart filters. Smart filters order can be moved up and down, the settings can be changed, the smart filters can also be duplicated as well as removed or disabled.

Use to create edges

Use them to create a edges / masks. Use the design combined with pathfinder and subtract or add to the preset to create an edge.

Use in animations

You can use the presets in animation in PS. Add designs, transform, apply effects etc and apply them across new layers. Go to the animation palette and use the 'create from layers' command to create a basic animated film from a set of presets. Export to GIF or even SWF or a movie format. Personally, the animation features in PS is a little clunky and it is probably better to export the designs and use them in Adobe After Effects

Cookie cutter tool / scrapbooking

They can be used with the cookie cutter tool in PS Elements. The cookie cutter tool offers a number of features such as feather, skew, scale, rotate etc. The cookie cutter can be used once or multiple times. The resulting layer can be modified by effects, adjustment layers etc

Use with actions

You can use the presets with actions. Just click the record action and apply the designs as you wish. The action stores the name of the preset and not the preset itself so if you want to create a design with a different preset, just change the name of the design and then re-apply the action.


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