Photoshop 2020: Where are the legacy default custom shapes?

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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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Patrick Mauldin

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Jim Robertson

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

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

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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"
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Okay, I'm with you on how they dealt with the Legacy Shapes. I have no clue why they assumed we'd not want them as much, if not more than the new shapes. Or thought of course we'd know exactly where to find them.  Though I do like having the new ones, too. I just have to remember that if I'm going to reset Preferences, I'd better get them into fewer sets that make sense to me and then save them as my own custom shape sets.

Once each individual has figured out Legacy Shapes(sigh), there's still the little matter of hiding the Options bar when we drag a shape onto our document using the Move tool or something like that. We can learn that the Options bar won't display Shape's options unless we select the Shape tool (it's consistent since the Options bar is for tools), but not having it anywhere, even in the Properties panel?  Most of us keep that open since we use it for Adjustment layers. Seems like a good place to put Shape options when a Shape layer is active.

Always more to wish for. . .
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Wow, what a pain!, I spent a lot of valuable design time looking for the arrow shapes we use in almost every design layout we create. Please Adobe, dont become like Apple and start to hide/remove useful stuff without making it easy to find/re-install. As designers we might not have the same brains as you software guys. Please consider us next time you want to 'play god' with your software.
Thanks
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Dennis Sharp

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That worked, but it is not in the shape format that we had, but I can live with it.  Thanks for the help.
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Susanne Loomis

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Its stupid to have to open folder after folder. What happened to the icons?????
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Right managed to work around this with the initial help from Jim Robertsons post. Like he said go to Window->Shapes. Then on the panel section you will have a window panel that you can open. Click the 3 lines top right of it and choose 'Legacy Shapes and more' You will see the folder appear. Now this is the painful part but you will only need to do this once. Resize the panel window as big as you can ( you will need the space ) Now open all the folders so ALL shapes are visible. Now Click once on the first shape within that folder group, hold down SHIFT and click on the last shape in that group. A blue box will appear around them all to show they are selected. Click and hold on the very first shape and drag it to the very top and above the very first folder. You will see a blue horizontal line appear above it. Repeat those steps until all shapes have been dragged to the very top ( you will notice where you need to drag them top once the first lot has been done). You can now delete all those folders and you now have your old school shapes back again as images only. There are a lot of new shapes mind and will lag the screen when you open your shapes icon at the top of the tool bar so if you find some you don't like, you can delete them in the window panel.
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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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