Reusing Vector Shapes

As you work more with shapes, you may find that you're often recreating the same vector shape. If it's a simple shape—one that doesn't involve outlines or layers—you can save it as a custom shape and access it later using the Custom Shape Tool (U).

WARNING Save your Shapes!

After you create and add your custom shape, I recommend that you click on the small arrow in the custom shape flyout box and select Save Shapes... . This will save all of the custom shapes that are currently visible into a .csh file. This way, if you ever need to reinstall Photoshop or reset the preferences, you'll be able to reload your shapes.

You'll find that most customizable elements, such as layer styles, patterns, and brushes, provide menu options that allow you to save the custom settings you've created for them.

Saving custom shapes

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