Top Photoshop Shapes for Architecture Students

Loft Conversions

Photoshop does so much more than airbrush a photograph as I’m sure you know. There are a couple of really useful basic things you need to know about photoshop and that is the use of photoshop shapes, brushes and patterns or textures. You can read about using brushes in photoshop here, and you can read about using textures in photoshop here . In this post we will look at shapes.


Photoshop comes with a few standard shapes, but it is so useful to install some of your own shapes that can really help with your design project. As custom shapes are vectors, you can scale the shapes to larger sizes with no reduction in quality.


These are some of my most useful shapes that you can download for free. If you are not sure how it works check the bottom of this post for a quick video guide to installing your shapes into photoshop.

Click on any of the images to go to the shapes.

1. Loads of other shapes on this site, great if you are looking for something specific.



2. Mass Tree Silhouettes


3. Car silhouettes – great for more urban projects



4. Trees in Plan view


5. Bird Shapes


6. More tree elevations


7. Isometric Shapes 

8. Arrows – useful for annotating a site plan or site analysis



My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.