Thursday, September 15, 2011

Importing shapes in Photoshop

What are shapes in Photoshop?

Shapes are pre-defined vector graphics  in photoshop.The advantage of vector graphics is that they can be scaled without  any loss of image quality.

The shape tool can be enabled by clicking the “Custom shape tool” or simply by pressing “U”.

Some of the tools  present are ‘Rectangle Tool’ , ’Rounded Rectangle Tool’ ,  ‘Ellipse Tool’ ,’Polygon Tool’ , ‘Line Tool’ , and ‘Custom Shape Tool’.

ohhh so boring.......

Are you bored of the default shapes in Photoshop???  Well there are lots of different shapes available which we can import into Photoshop.Human silhouettes,figures,animals,birds,trees,vehicles,swirls and lots more.

Here are links of some of the websites which I came across that offers a lot of exciting shapes.

How to import/add these shapes into Photoshop?

After downloading the custom shapes ,unzip the file.Then paste the files in the  'Shapes'  folder where you have installed your photoshop.

For eg : C – > program files – > Adobe -> adobe photoshop -> Presets -> Shapes

Then re-open Photoshop to find the shapes present under the  'Custom shape tool' menu.

Please feel free to leave your comments !


  1. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    I tried to place a jpg file into the custom shapes folder in Adobe Photoshop Elements but it does not show up in custom shapes. In what format does the shape you place in the folder have to be?

    1. The shapes file will have a .csh extension. When you unzip the folder ,make sure to save the file in the installed folder.
      For example:
      (folder where you have installed Photoshop) > Adobe > Photoshop > Presets > Custom Shapes.

      Hope this helps :)

  2. Thanks for the post. Got it!

  3. Any tips on changing .abr files to .csh files, or, alternately, how to use an .abr file in PS 7.0 (yes, I'm stuck in ancient history when it comes to software.)

  4. Any tips on using .abr shape files in PS 7.0? Or how to convert them to .csh files? TIA.

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  7. Nice! Really cool stuff and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am a beginner in Photoshop. I wish to know if 3D CAD Models created in CATIA V5 Release 17 or later releases& 3D CAD Models created in AutoDesk Inventor 2011 or later versions can be imported into Photoshop?

    ~ Vinayak

  9. While working on photo shop i cant able to add shapes in it. But your post helps me how to make it possible.

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  11. i interested to download this shapes tools

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