Ever need a certain shape, for like a birthday card or blog header? Brushes and shapes can both be very useful tools when creating graphics in Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop). I already showed how to install custom brushes, and since I recently linked a great place for free custom shapes, I thought I’d share a tutorial on how to install them.
Step 1: After you have download the zip file for the shape set you want, navigate to that folder and unzip it (right click, ‘extract all’ on a PC, double click on file on a Mac).
Step 2: Copy the .csh file by pressing ‘control’ and ‘c’ (command and c on Mac) or right clicking and choosing copy.
Step 3: Navigate to your Shapes folder and paste it. The file path is different on different operating systems. The two I am showing are Windows 7 and Mac.
- Win 7: User Folder (Amanda Padgett for me) / App Data / Roaming / Adobe / Photoshop Elements / 9.0 / Presets / Custom Shapes
- Mac: User Folder (Amanda Padgett for me) / Library / Application Support / Adobe / Photoshop Elements 9 / Presets / Custom Shapes
There is another way to load them, which I have done before, but it mixes the custom shapes with the Default shapes and I like to keep my separate (they show up below a line in the list). If you would like all of your shapes intermingled, you can use the file path listed on this tutorial at Design A Glow.
Step 4: Restart your Photoshop Elements. Unlike brushes, shapes have to be loaded first, then you can access them in PSE.
Some neat places that have free shapes are:
Know of more places that offer a lot of free shapes? Let me know in a comment and I’ll add them to the list, thanks!