Legacy custom shapes in Photoshop 2020

Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2019 Nov 09, 2019

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Anyone know how to get to the legacy custom shapes? I don't really need a silhouette of a gorilla, but some of those geometric shapes and word bubbles were things I used all the time and now they seem to be gone. Thanks!

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Community Expert , Nov 09, 2019 Nov 09, 2019

If you go Window>Shapes you can load the Legacy Shapes and More.

 

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Community Beginner , Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

Thank you so much Jeff, although it took me a minute to realise you meant the 'Window' menu on the toolbar.  I'm sure I'm not alone here.  I kept opening the shape menu on the 'Custom Shape' toolbar.  See screenshot folks, just in case!!  We're all in a hurry these days so it slipped past me too the first time.  FYI its happing for the Brushes too but same solution!Jeff: Windows>Shapes>Restore Legacy or BrushesJeff: Windows>Shapes>Restore Legacy or Brushes

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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Which version of Ps are you using (check in help>System info...)

Are you looking in the shapes panel, found in the windows menu, or are you looking in the pop-up menu of the option bar?

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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tried them all - cannot find it

 

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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Thankyou so much for this answer. I too have been beating my head aroubd thins since a while.

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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No matter how many times I looked I could not find a legacy file to upload.  what a stupendous waste of valuable time

 

 

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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Yes, the "Legacy Shapes and More" option is still here in Photoshop 23.2.2.  It is ridiculously difficult to find.  After opening the "Window" => "Shapes" menu, you must click the inocuous little grey box in the top right corner of the menu.  Then, you will see another fly-out menu with the "Legacy Shapes and More" option.  CLicking that will add it as a new group under shapes.  It keeps adding it again and again everytime you click it too.

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This design and default settings choice makes zero sense to me.  But I've only been using Photoshop for 30 years so what do I know.

Also, you can right-click and delete those four completely useless default groups.  In 30 years of editing photos I have never, ever, not once needed the custom shape of a boat, a tree, a giraffe or a flower.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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@jbinco wrote:

... the "Legacy Shapes and More" option ... is ridiculously difficult to find.  After opening the "Window" => "Shapes" menu, you must click the inocuous little grey box in the top right corner of the menu. 

 

The "innocuous little grey box" that you drew an arrow towards is called a panel menu and almost all panels have them. It's not actually a box — it's a hamburger menu icon.

https://stock.adobe.com/images/hamburger-menu-icons-set/103556331

If you are not using the panel menus already, give them a try. Each one has things you can do inside that particular panel and they are very useful.

 

Jane

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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Functionally that box works as a hamgurger menu.  But best practice UX design is to use three horizontal lines.  Hence the "hambuger" name.  That little square is too non-descript and too small.  There are multiple threads of multiple experienced users reporting difficulty locating this menu.  I would suggest re-evaluating the design and going with a normal looking "hambuger" (3-line) icon rather than the little box.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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@jbinco wrote:

I would suggest re-evaluating the design and going with a normal looking "hambuger" (3-line) icon rather than the little box.



To make suggestions to the product developers, create a new post and tag it as "Ideas" instead of "Discussions".

 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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One thing i did was put all the shapes that ship with photoshop into one folder.

 

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Participant ,
Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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On the latest update which was released a few days ago, Adobe has added a category of shapes called "Arrows Abundance". If you add the shapes to your workspace as a tab group from the Windows pull down menu, it now allows you to rearrange the shapes categories which appear when you open the shapes group from your workspace. You can then drag Arrows Abundance up to the top of the list of categories. Like you I have never used any shape except arrows in the 20+ years I have been using Photoshop. After you have rearranged the categories in your workspace, this then carries through the change in category list to the top bar menu for shapes, when you click on custom shapes from the left hand tool bar. Hope this helps. It was driving me up the wall as well. 

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New Here ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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Thank you @Jeff Arola

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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Blown away someone that works for Adobe thought it was a good idea to hide all the shapes. Who makes these calls? Why would anyone need the random animal shapes but hide all the geometric shapes? Who ever is making these calls clealry never uses the app

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Jul 08, 2022 Jul 08, 2022

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They are not hidden. The organization of them is what's new, and once you get comfortable with it, it is way superior to the old Preset Manager, particularly if you have many of your own custom shapes of differing types.

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