Shapes for Photoshop and Elements

Updated: March 7th, 2015

Thousands of Photoshop custom shapes for CC 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc and standalone Adobe Photoshop 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 and PS Elements 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 etc, royalty free all for commercial use, CSH PC and MAC OS X. All the custom shapes are by / Andrew Buckle and can be used royalty free, no time limits. Great for cookie cutters as well as shapes. Some sets also include PDFs for use in many other apps such as Illustrator.

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  1. 13,000 shapes
  2. 3D shapes
  3. Abstracts
  4. Arrows
  5. Banners
  6. Basic
  7. Buttons
  8. Checks
  9. Chevrons
  10. Christmas
  11. Clouds
  12. Clover
  13. Connections
  14. Contours
  15. Crosses
  16. Dashes
  17. Doodles
  18. Easter eggs
  19. Flames
  20. Gears / cogs
  21. Gothic
  22. Greek
  23. Grids
  24. Halloween
  25. Horseshoes
  26. Lattices
  27. Overlays
  28. Rosettes
  29. Saw blades
  30. Scratchy
  31. Shields
  32. Snowflakes
  33. Space aliens
  34. Steps
  35. Spirals
  36. Talk
  37. Tribals
  38. Trims
  39. Twirls
  40. Waves
  41. Zigzags
  42. Zooms

Animal shapes

  1. Animals
  2. Butterflies
  3. Cats
  4. Dogs
  5. Horses
  6. Insects
  7. Octopus
  8. Owls
  9. Panda bears
  10. Sea

Hearts / Romance

  1. Hearts
  2. Valentines

Type / text / letters

  1. Letters
  2. Vintage type

People / faces

  1. Eyes
  2. Faces
  3. Kids
  4. Females (male)

Circular / curved artworks

  1. Arcs
  2. Arches
  3. Blots
  4. Circles
  5. Circular retro
  6. Crescents
  7. Dots
  8. Moire
  9. Orbits
  10. Polka dots
  11. Radial
  12. Rings
  13. Torus

Frames / edges

  1. Bow ties
  2. Basic Frames
  3. Frames embellish
  4. Frames wheel
  5. Rhombus
  6. Teeth
  7. Triradial


  1. Diamonds
  2. Hexagons
  3. Octagons
  4. Polygons
  5. Stars
  6. Star flash
  7. Star stripes

Embellishments / swirls

  1. Art nouveau
  2. Fleur-de-lis
  3. Flowers
  4. Ornaments
  5. Scrolls
  6. Swirls



Photoshop custom shapes and Elements

What are custom shapes ??

They are the most usable resource in Adobe PS and PSE. You can use them as a source for 1000s of different artworks, resources, presets and much more. Really easy to use by adding to the presets palette and then selecting via the toolbox, they can be added as layers and as paths and just fills in any color and, most importantly, any size as they are vectors. They are an amazing feature of PS and PSE. They are native to PS and stored in CSH format files. Same for PC and MAC


combine with shadows and effects


You can fill them with gradients and patterns etc, you can also add effects etc as well to all the artworks included in the sets - you can also add them to any backgrounds and even use them as backgrounds


combine them in millions of ways


You can combine them in many different ways - they don't need to be used just as. Millions of different vector artworks can be created just from one set


combine with type


You can combine them with type / text in 1000s of ways such as pasted into, as a pattern fill, on the path, to the left, above etc


contoured abstracts


All kinds of vectors are included in the sets such as contours - you can use them once or multiple times


combine with other paths


You can combine them with other paths to create all kinds of vector imagery


pandas illustration


Many different animal sets are included on the site such as the panda. All are 3D renders of various 3D models. You can use them in scenes, in comic books, in closeup and much more.

images filled with vectors in pink


You can fill any image with the vectors in any size - you can use the same artwork or different presets included in the pack (#36)

circular graphics rounded background


A single graphic can be turned into a basic artwork or a complex intricate work - great for creating for all kinds of unique images

pattern tiles on orange


You can use any of the vector shapes included in the sets to create all kinds of patterns / tiles, simply by using the edit menu define command - you can also turn them into a powerful brush set so they are really super useful for all your projects

heart additional paths added


You can add all kinds of additional paths such as stars to any of the graphics - hearts / embellishments (#69)

Photoshop custom shapes for 32 bit / 64 bit CC CS6 CS5 etc

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 don't have to store the items there but it probably makes it a whole lot easier. You can also just store them in a totally separate folder from all your versions of PS and PSE and then right click the items and select the open with option - you can then decide whether or not to load the items into PSE or PS etc.


custom shapes for Photoshop and elements combine text / type


The Vector graphics can be combined with text in millions of ways

panda shapes for Photoshop and elements animal


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 artwork 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 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 graphic. You can load many different exciting graphics 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 images as well as export them to PNG. 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


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

embellish flourish shapes for Photoshop and elements in red


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

swirl 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 hearts can be used in combo with the embellished vectors - use them to create millions of unique images and elements in your projects

hexagon   elements CC CS4 C5 etc


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

hexagon  as a  layer and gradient fill and stroke


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

abstract star retro night sky


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

opacity star backgrounds


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 floral  transformations angled


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

surreal  arrow  curved shape and crowns and shadows


Selection of abstract paths, arrows, shadow paths, curved and rounded and more

Use as paths

You can create 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 exciting graphics. You can also export the paths into Illustrator for further modifications.


CC 2014 & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 & Elements 13, 12, 11, 10 to 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 add them 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 add it as a basic fill, just set the color for the fill via the foreground color and then add to the document / image.


They can be added 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 add via the brush stroke or perhaps the blur tool or smear or dodge tool and more. The fill / stroke is added 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 graphic). The fill can also be further modified, either added on the background or on a layer, via PS effects such as adding gallery / filter effects as well as blurs and distortions.


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 to create masks which can then be used to create complex and exciting selections.


With the creative cloud update (October 2014), you can also now quickly add the filled image to the library feature and use any added item in future projects as well as quickly use the same items over in Illustrator



elegant wave shapes for Photoshop and elements layers


The waves (curved 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

wave  bevel  three combinations lens flare


The waves can be re-colored, layer styles such as bevels applied along with plugin effects such as lens flare - great for 3D effects for use throughout PS (if you want to re-use the work, save an individual image as a PNG image and then re-import using the place command or use the bridge tool as a central resource of presets for PS). With the latest creative cloud release, you can now save any of these quickly to the library feature.

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 toolbox showing  and background


The above fill 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

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

Tutorials on the subject of the Photoshop custom shapes


Use with PS scripting

You can quickly create scripts using the powerful listener plugin (add to the plugins path - this item is available with the DVD set though this may no longer be available with the download ? ) The scripts can modified and used to create all kinds of amazing artworks using the vector graphics. The javascript / VB script files are fairly easy to look through and it should be fairly easy (with just a basic javascript knowledge)

Modify the vector artworks / CSH files

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 graphic. This can be saved via the define command in the edit menu.


The best way to modify the vector graphic is to copy it via the pasteboard into Illustrator and back again. Illustrator is definitely the best tools to modify the paths as you have a whole range of vector tools (such as the curvature tool and pen tool etc) as well as third party plugins such as MirrorMe and VectorScribe and WidthScribe you can manipulate the vector into all kinds of forms.


You can also store the vector paths into the library feature (if you have the latest subscription of the CC with Adobe) as the artwork can then be quickly imported back and forth between Illustrator and PS - the paths can be changed in 1000s of ways and saved as a selection of graphic resources.

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.

Use visual 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 an edge. One approach is to use multiple copies of the vector paths and align them as a frame (use the alignment tools to create a row and column of the vectors if using as layers). You can also use transformation tools (rotate) and transform again command to create a circular selection of the paths. You can also duplicate multiple paths and place them randomly but all distributed around an image and this is a great way of create an unusual frame. You can also use the pathfinder / unite / subtract / intersect etc options to create all kinds of vector layer frames and these can be transformed and distorted as well as stored as a new CSH file. You can also store the edges into the library (creative cloud) for use in future projects.


You can also a single path and use the subtract tool to use other paths to remove (distress and mottle) from the vector and this can be then be combined with an image as a mask.

Use in animations

You can use the presets in animation in PS. Add, transform, use visual 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 images and use them in Adobe After Effects

Cookie cutter tool / scrapbooking in Photoshop Elements

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 PS actions

You can use the presets with actions. Just click the record action and add them as you wish. The action stores the name of the preset and not the preset itself so if you want to create with a different preset you will have to change the name to match the item in the action. There are 1000s of actions available for PS on the web.


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