Custom shapes for Photoshop and Elements

Updated: December 21st, 2014

Superb selection of Photoshop / PSP / Elements custom shapes to buy from a company that has been creating hi-quality presets / graphic vector tools since 1998. They are amazing artworks / resources for your projects.

 

1000s of Photoshop custom shapes for CC 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 7 6 and standalone PS 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 by graphicxtras.com / Andrew Buckle.

  1. Collection

  2. FREE

  3. 3D

  4. Abstracts

  5. Animals

  6. Arcs

  7. Arches

  8. Arrows

  9. Art nouveau

  10. Banners

  11. Basic

  12. Blots

  13. Bow ties

  14. Butterflies

  15. Buttons

  16. Cats

  17. Checks

  18. Chevrons

  19. Christmas

  20. Circles

  21. Clouds

  22. Connections

  23. Contours

  24. Crescents

  25. Crosses

  26. Dashes

  27. Diamonds

  28. Dogs

  29. Doodles

  30. Dots

  31. Easter eggs

  32. Eyes

  33. Faces

  34. Flames

  35. Fleur-de-lis

  36. Flowers

  37. Frames

  38. Gears / cogs

  39. Gothic

  40. Greek

  41. Grids

  42. Halloween

  43. Hearts

  44. Hexagons

  45. Horses

  46. Horseshoes

  47. Insects

  48. Kids

  49. Lattices

  50. Letters

  51. Moire

  52. Octagons

  53. Octopus

  54. Orbits

  55. Ornaments

  56. Owls

  57. Overlays

  58. Panda bears

  59. People

  60. Polka dots

  61. Polygons

  62. Radials

  63. Rhombus

  64. Rings

  65. Rosettes

  66. Saw blades

  67. Scratchy

  68. Scrolls

  69. Sea

  70. Shields

  71. Snowflakes

  72. Space aliens

  73. Stars

  74. Starflash

  75. Steps

  76. Spirals

  77. Talk

  78. Teeth

  79. Torus

  80. Triradial

  81. Turtles

  82. Tribals

  83. Trims

  84. Twirls

  85. Valentines

  86. Vintage type

  87. Waves

  88. Zigzags

  89. Zooms

Photoshop custom shapes and Elements

Most popular sets to buy

Each set contains many unique vector shapes in CSH - all for commercial use, quick and easy and works with PC and MAC Photoshop and Elements

13,000 Amazing shapes collection

Art nouveau / embellishment set

Blots and splats and ink blots set

Cats / silhouettes set

Chevron paths / angled set

Christmas baubles

Christmas artwork

Christmas trees

Contours / insets set

Diamonds / frames set

Eyes

Fleur-de-lis paths

Gears

Panda bears

Rings

Spirals

Valentines / hearts

Zoom / manga / effects lines

 

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.

Requirements

CC 2014 & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 & Elements 13, 12, 11, 10 to 1

Use for ??

Commercial work

Logos

books

Illustrations

Fashions

Documents

Cards

Scrap booking

Web pages

Adverts

Skateboards

T-shirts

Shoes

Backgrounds

TV

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

Tutorials

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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