How to easily use icons in Photoshop as vector shapes?

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For those unfamiliar with the custom shape toolbar in Adobe Photshop, it allows you to insert a vectorized shape with just a click. And it’s not just fast, it’s also a convenient way to have an overview of your icons.

All our iconsets already come with the necessary Custom Shape files (.csh). Personally, I couldn’t live without them.

How to import the Picons into Photoshop’s toolbar?

It’s super easy.

  • In Adobe Photoshop open “Edit” > “Presets” > “Preset Manager…” from the top menu
  • When the Preset manager pops up, choose “Custom Shapes” from the dropdown on the top
  • Click on “Load” and browse for the .CSH file, which came with your iconset, select it and then click “OK”.
  • You can import multiple CSH files. We suggest you import all your iconsets.

That’s it.

Now, to insert an icon, use the “Custom Shape tool” (see screenshot). 


Choose your desired icon (dropdown at the top bar) and draw it as an ordinary shape.


You can color it, resize, transform, apply a stroke, … whatever you like. The icon will be a vector shape object, so you won’t see any quality loss when resizing.

Have a productive time!

Free Picons Social Updated v3

In almost 5 years, our iconset Picons Social has been downloaded over 300.000 times. Yes, this is amazing and we’re very proud that it’s one of the most popular iconsets out there. And it’s free for everyone, of course.

We’ve been adding and updating the set all the time and it is growing and growing. We’re also very happy to get suggestions for including new icons. If you think we should add an icon - don’t hesitate to mail us: info at


Picons Social is a bundle of 110 vector icons of your most favorite social services and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, Dribbble and many others. You are free to use them on your personal or business websites, interfaces or even other application, but you have to respect their owners rights and guidelines of use. Therefor the license agreement doesn’t accour on them.

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