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722 Points

Wed, Dec 18, 2019 5:04 PM

Photoshop 2020: Where are the legacy default custom shapes?

The custom shapes tool used to have actually useful shapes like arrows and such which were very useful for quick design needs.

Now its full of trees and boats and flowers.

I appreciate the new shapes, but why did you have to remove the old ones that were actually more useful in everyday situations?

(Similarly, patterns is in a similar boat. Removed some useful more subtle background patterns for leaves and such).

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16 Messages

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722 Points

9 months ago

Also -- I know this isn't a brand new change, but why did Photoshop hide so many tools behind a single stupid little dropdown. Like who thought that was a good idea? So hard to find what you're looking for.

Why is Photoshop going backwards in usability so often instead of forwards? 

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3.5K Points

9 months ago

They aren't removed, they are still there, but need to be opened. I did it a couple of weeks ago  but can't remember how now. Someone will come along and tell you how.

16 Messages

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722 Points

Hope so.

I click the gear and click "Restore Default Shapes" but all it does is add MORE folders of trees, boats, flowers, etc. and I don't see a way to remove the old folders. Wtf. So annoying.

200 Messages

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3.5K Points

I tried that too and had the same result. Sorry my memory's failed me. on this

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94 Points

can't remember how? Why do you bother to reply?

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80 Points

Click on Window -> Shapes...  then there you can click on the hamburger icon and bring back the legacy shapes. 

200 Messages

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3.5K Points

9 months ago

Think I found it:
Window  (on top line next to HELP) > Shapes (shapes panel will open)
click on three lines at top right
choose "Legacy Shapes and More"

16 Messages

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722 Points

Thanks, but that is such a retarded move by Adobe. 

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35K Points

I expect they'll be surprised by how many of us a) still want the shapes that have been around for centuries, and b) how hard it is to know those are now "legacy" files in the flyout menu  — as it is in all the panels, btw, in case you're looking for something.

IMHO, never hide what users are used to on the default install.  Let them do the hiding. '-}

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722 Points

I didn't even know there was a window panel....
I just always used the shape tool options in the top application bar... which when you click the gear does not give you any ability to delete a folder (even though it duplicated them) nor does it give you the legacy shape options.

What a great place to hide useful tools Adobe.

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35K Points

It seems like the cog wheel menu in the Options bar might be a good place to add a command like "Open Shape Panel for more. . . " That could at least clue people in that there's another option to work with. It does work somewhat differently from the Options bar with a Shape tool. So as you explore it, expect it to be not exactly intuitive.

On the plus side, you can have any tool active when you drag a shape from the panel into your document, transform it into place, then hit enter/return to commit. On the negative side, you still need to have a shape tool selected to get the Options bar settings for fill and stroke, etc, if you have no Fill, No Stroke as last used in the Options bar. Hit enter/return, and you won't see your shape. However, if you DO have a Fill, you don't need your Shape tool— you can change it  with any tool active by clicking on a swatch in the Swatches panel or a pattern in the Pattern panel, etc. As far as I can tell, that doesn't work with an unfilled, unstroked shape. You have to make it an active selection (Cmd-click on the thumb) and drag a fill onto it, or select a Shape Tool and use the Options bar. I find the Shape tool method easier.<G>

So a bit complicated, yes? And also a bit nicer to be able to change a fill with any tool selected, and dragging a shape onto the canvas to transform it seems straightforward enough. It's mostly that the Options bar still plays a role when using the panel, but the panel plays no obvious role when using a Shape tool and the Options bar. (whew! I think I covered the most of it<g>)

I just found this. Probably more useful than what I tried to explain. It includes a video by Julieanne Kost.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-shapes.html

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90 Points

Why REDUCE functionality with an upgrade?? This is an incredibly retrograde step IMHO

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132 Points

5 months ago

Adobe is on a sacred mission to make their software as obnoxious and as obtuse as possible, from what I've seen over the last decade. Several times now they've hidden useful functionality behind the label "legacy;" added new, um... we'll call them "features," that I couldn't disable fast enough; and just generally wrecked havoc with the UI in their software across the board. The only "improvements" to Photoshop that I've cared about for the last decade-and-a-half were non-destructive layer Styles and Content-Aware tools. Almost all the UI changes they've made have been miserable, time-wasting fluff to justify their subscription model – "Look, we're doing UPDATES!! Keep paying us for more!!!"

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