Extra shapes require on custom shape tool

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Having all the different shapes on the custom shape tool to create more unique designs
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Warren Heaton

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Are you thinking of something in addition to the "All" option at the top of the list of customs shapes?

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If you're thinking of custom shapes that didn't ship, they won't load with All, but you can use the Preset Manager to combine and save them into a big set of their own that you load even in addition to the ones that ship. You can load as many as your RAM can handle, but the more presets you load, the more you can slow down your machine.
I'm afraid it's not really clear what you're looking for.
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What I mean is the needs to be more shapes added to it so there is more choice and the layout is okay
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You want Adobe to provide more than the 17 sets of custom shapes? I think that's not likely, but you do know that you can Google Photoshop Custom Shapes and find an enormous number of shapes out there for free, as well as ones that might be just right that are sold.
You can also easily make any Custom shapes you want.  I typically go the make it myself route whenever I have a very specific need—it's usually quicker than searching on the internet. There are even tutorials to help you make more.

Adobe typically gives us examples, but then expects us to provide the rest if it's something we really want. Otherwise, they're creating and giving away lots of something that most people will ignore—like they once did with printed manuals.  '-}
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Back in the day of printed manuals, I recall them getting stolen along with the laminated quick refernce cards.
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I know the laminated quick reference cards were always in danger of going walkabout, but the reference manuals? Mostly on public forums we were telling people to RTFM since they had it and never bothered to crack it open.<G>
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That helps but I don’t understand why they do not have more shapes because we pay a lot to use it so they should provide a bigger variety aswell as this I don’t understand why they do not provide clothing templates because when you get them online you are unable to colour individual parts of the template and can only use one colour of the whole template ?
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Hello, did you search for shapes while filtering for Photoshop on: https://www.adobeexchange.com/creativecloud.photoshop.html#search
Also, there is https://stock.adobe.com/ not sure if they have free shapes...
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More shapes certainly wouldn’t hurt. Although, it’s sounding like you’re ready for Illustrator, Lewis.
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> why they do not have more shapes because we pay a lot to use it so they should provide a bigger variety >

Have you taken a look at Patterns and Layer Styles? PS is awash in useful Shape presets compared to those two<G>  Swatches aren't even all that useful except as placeholder colors until you come up with a proper palette.  It's an expense to Adobe, and no, I don't think the price of the software is so high it therefore entitles us to more presets. I'd much rather it entitles me to a more solid, 21st century version of the features and interface, not the presets.

I see you want clothing. I agree with Warren—it definitely sounds like you really want Illustrator. What clothing choices, beyond a basic t-shirt, perhaps, would be useful to a wide variety of PS users?

> when you get them online you are unable to colour individual parts of the template and can only use one colour of the whole template ?>

However, even if the templates come in a single color, there's no reason you can't fill them with a gradient or a pattern, use them as a mask to hand paint in any way you like, add a Layer Style. . .  I don't see how you're getting the idea that you're unable to color individual parts of the template? If you want templates that are already separated into parts within the whole, like collars and cuffs and buttons on shirts, you'll have to look further.

You may be able to find PNG files that fit your need (or SVG ), having already divided the object into colored areas, and you can create Shapes from these—you just have to select the colored area you want and from the selection, make a work path and create a custom shape. Or trace with the Pen tool. Now you have a collar or cuff or ruffle in your own Shape library. Making a path from a selection isn't necessarily the most accurate of paths, so it depends upon your needs whether that's a satisfactory route. Perhaps working directly from PNG or vector elements in a file you purchase would not only have the exact objects you want at the level of precision that you need.