Photoshop shapes (and Elements) CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc
Updated: March 5th, 2014
FREE Photoshop shapes download: 27 Photoshop Shapes sampler for Adobe ® Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
27 Free sampler shapes in standard CSH format for CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 7 6 (Photoshop 13 - 6) as well as Photoshop elements 11.0 to 1.0 for PC and MAC. The free Photoshop shapes are for commercial (CU4CU) use. All the shapes are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com and can be used to create items for sale such as posters, logos, adverts, packaging, wallpapers, backgrounds, fashion designs, textiles and much more. Please feel free to use and check out the shapes designs. The free Photoshop shapes are vectors for any size of work. The shapes can be used as layers, as fills, as paths and more. The shapes are loaded via the custom shapes palette load replace command as well as file open command in some versions of Photoshop and Elements. The free Photoshop shapes are all vectors for any size of work. The custom shapes can be combined and more. If you have any questions about the free Photoshop shapes set then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Images of Photoshop shapes
Photoshop shapes on 32 bit / 64 bit versions
You can use the same shapes (those in this collection) in either versions. They work just as well. If you use the 32bit version (of Photoshop CS5) you will have to place the shapes 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 shapes from a central folder
Selection of splat / blot custom shapes applied in different colors across an image
Use as a shape layer in Photoshop
The Photoshop custom shape can be used as a shape layer, shape layers can have a layer effect applied such as metallic or blue gel creating stunning metal / gel / wood / plastic shape designs and more. Shape layers can also be transformed, distorted, slanted, scaled, rotated and much more. The transform path menu and warp can be used to warp a custom shape into an arc shape / twirled shape and more. Modify the applied effect via the layer effects menu
Selection of abstract shapes from the shapes collection
Photoshop Shapes as paths
Custom shapes can be created as path. 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 Photoshop 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
Fills and Photoshop custom shapes
The custom shapes can be applied as a shape layer but you can also apply the design as a fill pixel (it is the third option on the option bar of Photoshop). The custom shape tool is found beneath the other shape tools over rectangle, ellipse tool, line tool etc. Once you have selected the shape tool, the available shapes for the fill are made available via the dropdown on the option bar (to load new shapes, 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). The shapes 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 the custom shape 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 the shape as a fill on that layer, this does have an advantage of allowing the shape transparency to be used with layer effects and drop shadows and bevels (otherwise the normal fill custom shape is just a flat design). The fill / custom shape 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 shapes 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 powerful fill custom shapes to create masks which can then be used to create complex and exciting selections.
The above fill designs are created using different colors (set via the foreground in the Photoshop toolbox). The shapes displayed are found in the custom shapes palette. Part of the curved and warped shapes designs included in the shapes collection set.
Photoshop shapes / Overlays
Shapes can be applied to an image with 100% opacity, you can use the shape as an overlay with say 50% opacity. This also means the shapes can be used as a watermark over an image
1) Select custom shape tool in Photoshop
2) Select fill pixel option (top bar of Photoshop)
3) Set opacity setting to 50%
4) Apply current selected custom shape
5) Re-apply (great for creating a blurry custom shape design or smudged look)
Scripting and Photoshop shapes
Use the Photoshop custom shapes in scripts (via listener filter) to create scripts that can use any shape or design to create backgrounds/borders
Modify the shape of the Photoshop shape
The shape can be used as is but the shape can also be modified as mentioned by the warp and slant and perspective but individual points of the path can be modified and pulled in or out and angled to totally change a shape by using the direct selection tool as well as the add point and convert tools.
Text and Photoshop shapes
Photoshop Shapes can be combined with text. The text needs to be converted to a shape layer and then additional shapes can be added to the text via the pathfinder options to add to the shape layer or exclude or subtract.
Apply effects to shapes
Shapes can be blurred, stain glass filter applied, distorted, lens flare, all can be applied to a shape, either a shape layer, selection or fill. The shape layer needs to be rasterized before it can be blurred (sharpened isn't perhaps as useful for a vector). With the most recent versions of Photoshop, the shape can also be used as a smart object and as a smart object, smart filters can be applied (this does not take into account all the third party filters).
Photoshop Elements Artworks / Photoshop elements 5.0
for Adobe ® Photoshop ® Elements: If you wish the item to appear in the Artworks and Effects palette (of Photoshop Elements 5) then goto to the 'Documents and settings' folder and 'all users' 'application data' 'adobe' 'photoshop elements' 5.0 'Photo Creations' 'Artwork' 'shapes' and create a sub folder marked 'graphicxtras' (say) and then add the CSH shapes files to that, the shapes will then appear in the 'graphicxtras' category. You can add different categories as required. Note, on re-starting Photoshop Elements, the artwork cache will be re-built. The location for the shapes folder may vary, as I have yet to check out the equivalent on windows Vista. This has now been changed and the exact method for the installation of the shapes / artworks into PSE is not so clear.
Edges and Photoshop custom shapes
Use the Photoshop shapes to create a edges / masks. Use the design combined with pathfinder and subtract or add to the shape to create an edge
Animations and Photoshop shapes
Use the shapes in animations. Add shapes, the same or different shapes, transform the shapes, perhaps shrinking or rotating the shapes 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 custom shapes. Export to GIF or even SWF
Cookie cutter tool / scrapbooking and Photoshop shapes
The custom shapes can be used with the cookie cutter tool in Photoshop Elements. The shapes for the shapes tool and the cookie cutter tool are the same. The cookie cutter tool offers a number of features such as feather, skew, scale, rotate the custom shape as well as crop the document to the current shape.
Actions and Photoshop shapes
Save the custom shape drawing as an action to re-apply the design at a later time. Apply multiple Photoshop custom shapes designs and save as an action
Custom shapes recommendations
1) from Iryne Cummins (of Pixlwrks Studio): "I LOVE YOUR STUFF!!! I have the craziest uses for all of this -- I'm a jewelry Designer, and using the shapes, layers and strokes to design jewelry has been phenomenal! I going to write to Photoshop User and tell everyone to your stuff "
2) from Ann Brown (annbrownphotography.com) "Thank you for having enough time on your hands to sit and create all these lovelies, Andrew. There are zillions of them and they are very affordable. I'm sure I will find many uses for them"
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