How to install custom shapes into Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to install the CSH custom shapes in Photoshop and how to load them in the presets panel for CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc.

Install custom shapes in Photoshop

how to install custom shapes in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select CSH files and copy

  2. Go to the applications folder (mac) and program files (for the pc)

  3. Go to the adobe photoshop cc etc (mac) and adobe / photoshop cc etc (pc)

  4. Go to the presets folder and then "custom shapes" for the install folder

  5. Paste CSH files into that folder

  6. Start Photoshop

  7. Go to the custom shapes tool in toolbar

  8. Go to the presets picker panel dropdown

  9. Right side menu and select the file by name to load all the designs into the application

The above adds the artwork to the admin section so this may require the entry of your admin password

 

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You can also add the CSH files into an user account (requires no admin privileges).


~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC/Presets/... (mac)

C:\Users\<place your account name>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Presets\... (pc)

 

In most cases, the CSH file will be associated with PS or PSE and you can just double click the CSH file to add the set to the tool. Of course, the file association may be incorrect and it may be linked to a custom shell script or something and that is not so useful. You can always re-associate the CSH back to the current version of PS.

 

If you double click the CSH (or right click and select the open command or open with) then all the vector artworks are loaded into the preset panel along with all the currently existing artworks in the panel. However the artworks are only added to the panel and any remove or replacement of the CSH will remove the designs. They key thing about the CSH double click is that the vector graphics can be located in any folder (that is the case with my system as I generally have all my CSH files in one massive resources folder section on my user account).

 

At least this means that if you have multiple versions of PS or PS Elements, all the Photoshop shapes located in one place instead of having all the resources in multiple locations

 

Another approach is to right click the CSH file and then select the version of PS and then the vectors will be loaded into that version of PS (I have multiple versions of PS residing on my hard disk as well as PS Elements).

 

Select five or six CSH sets at a time and use the right click mouse option to select the open option. All the selected CSH presets will then be opened and loaded into the presets panel in seconds. This is a quick way to add countless designs to your favourite application and use them via the toolbar.

 

Another approach if you wish to add your files from a single source would be to use the presets picker right side menu and the load / replace commands. The load / replace commands are also available via the edit menu and presets manager.

 

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