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 folder (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 presets to the admin section so this may require the entry of your admin password


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


Select the CSH files

~ / Library / Application Support / Adobe / Adobe Photoshop CC / Presets / ...


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


Loading the presets : presetsOnce you have added the CSH files to the correct presets folder then when you go to the presets panel (either for the tool or via the presets manager command) then you can select the files by name from the right side menu list.


If you have added the sets to the user account then you will see the items added to the list below the items added by the application itself. A line divides the sets.


The All option only includes all the items in the sets supplied by PS and not every set it can find on your machine


CSH file assocation : openIn 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.


Double click and select the open command to load : doubleIf 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.


The key thing about the CSH double click approach 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).


Note that this sometimes work but depends on the OS and version


Select multiple CSH files : Select five or six CSH sets at a time and use the right click mouse option to select the open with option. All the selected CSH presets will then be opened in PS or PS Elements 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.


Drag into PS or PS Elements : dragIn some cases you can select the CSH files and drag them into the application.


Simply select the CSH files you want and then drag into the open PS application and the presets will then be loaded into the current presets panel - this does not work with all versions


Load and replace via the presets panel : insetAnother 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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