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Shapes Photoshop [2021]



You can easily edit your shape properties directly using on-canvas controls or accessing Shape Properties under the Properties panel. On-canvas controls make your interaction with shapes more intuitive.




Shapes Photoshop


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To view all the custom shapes that come with Photoshop, click the gear icon on the right of the Custom Shape picker in the shape tool options bar. You will see the list of available shapes. Select any custom shape as desired.


Usethe Shape Selection tool to selectshapes with one click. If you convert a shape into a bitmap elementby simplifying the shape layer, the Shape Selection tool will nolonger select the shape (use the Move tool instead).


If alayer contains multiple shapes, you can reposition all the shapestogether using the Move tool. However, if you want to repositiona specific shape in a layer, you must use the Shape Selection tool.


I'm on the latest version of Photoshop CC 2019. I select custom shape (I want to create a talk bubble) but my basic shapes seem to be gone. All I get is Tree Leaves, Wild Animals, Boats and Flowers...what gives? I tried to reset default shapes and it just gave me the same choices.


This might bee too late but I had the same issue as you until I did the following. Go to the menu, then Window>shapes. Once that box is there you will only see options for useless things like animals and what not, but lick on the three lines at the top right of that little box. There should be an option to select legacy shapes and then you'll have it in your selection!


Thank you for this answer. What a curious decision to replace the default shapes that have been there since before I can remember with a selection of trees and boats. Why not just leave the "legacy" shapes in there by default in their own tidy folder so people don't have to scratch their heads and go to help forums?


Some of the things that software developers (generally) do, never ceases to amaze me. Why on earth, would Adobe not have put the legacy shapes as default in the dropdown selector? Why? Yet another waste of my time trying to figure out what went wrong! I'm guessing that developers at Microsoft and Adobe are one and the same thing, right?


You can access the Legacy shapes by going to Shapes through the Window menu, then Shapes, then click on the menu icon at the top right of the Shapes panel & select Legacy shapes and more. This should create a new folder in the Shapes Panel through which you can access all the legacy shapes.


You do need the search tool to be switched on though by clicking on the options (four bars in top right corner). Like all of the tools panel search tools, it only looks in groups that are open in the main panel area, and I think the legacy shapes and more groups are not available by default.


We'll start by learning how to draw basic geometric shapes using the Rectangle Tool, the Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Polygon Tool, and the Line Tool. We'll learn how to choose fill and stroke colors for the shapes, how to change the appearance of the stroke, how to edit the shapes later thanks to the flexibility of Shape layers, and more! There's a lot to cover, so this tutorial will focus on everything we need to know about these five geometric shape tools. In the next tutorial, we'll learn how to add more complex shapes to our documents using Photoshop's Custom Shape Tool!


Before we draw any shapes, we first need to tell Photoshop which kind of shape we want to draw. That's because Photoshop actually lets us draw three very different kinds of shapes. We can draw vector shapes, paths, or pixel shapes. We'll look more closely at the differences between the three in other tutorials, but as we've already learned in the Drawing Vector vs Pixel Shapes tutorial, in most cases you'll want to be drawing vector shapes. Unlike pixels, vector shapes are flexible, scalable and resolution-independent, which means we can draw them any size we like, edit and scale them as much as we want, and even print them at any size without any loss in quality! Whether we're viewing them on screen or in print, the edges of vector shapes always remain crisp and sharp.


Now that we know how to select Photoshop's various shape tools from the Tools panel, how to choose a fill and stroke color and how to change the appearance of the stroke, let's learn how to actually draw vector shapes! We'll start with the first tool in the list, the Rectangle Tool. I'll select it from the Tools panel just as I did earlier:


The Rectangle Tool lets us draw simple four-sided rectangular shapes. To draw one, start by clicking in the document to set a starting point for the shape. Then, keep your mouse button held down and drag diagonally to draw the rest of the shape. As you drag, you'll see only a thin outline (known as the path) of what the shape will look like:


Since I have the Rectangle Tool selected, clicking the gear icon shows me options for the Rectangle Tool. With the exception of the Polygon Tool and the Line Tool, both of which we'll look at later, you won't find yourself using this menu very often because we've already learned how to access most of these options from the keyboard. For example, the Unconstrained option lets us freely draw shapes at any dimensions we need, but since it's the default behavior of the shape tools, there's no need to select it. The Square option allows us to draw perfect squares with the Rectangle Tool, but we can already do that by pressing and holding the Shift key. And From Center will draw the shape from its center, but again, we can already do that by pressing and holding Alt (Win) / Option (Mac).


Earlier, we learned that to draw vector shapes in Photoshop, we need to make sure we have the Tool Mode option in the Options Bar set to Shapes (as opposed to Path or Pixels). When we draw a vector shape, Photoshop automatically places it on a special type of layer known as a Shape layer. If we look in my Layers panel, we see that the shape I've drawn with the Rectangle Tool is sitting on a shape layer named "Rectangle 1". The name of the layer will change depending on which shape tool was used, so if I had drawn a shape with, say, the Ellipse Tool, it would be named "Ellipse 1":


The main difference between a Shape layer and a normal pixel layer is that Shape layers remain fully editable. Back when we were learning how to choose fill and stroke colors for our shapes, I mentioned that we can always come back and change the colors after we've drawn the shape. All we need to do is make sure we have the Shape layer selected in the Layers panel, and that we still have our shape tool selected from the Tools panel. Then, simply click on either the Fill or Stroke color swatch in the Options Bar to choose a different color. You can also change the stroke width if needed, along with the other stroke options. I'll click on my Fill color swatch:


While Photoshop's Rectangle Tool is limited to drawing four-sided polygons, the Polygon Tool lets us draw polygonal shapes with as many sides as we like! It even lets us draw stars, as we'll see in a moment. To draw a shape with the Polygon Tool, first enter the number of sides you need into the Sides option in the Options Bar. You can enter any number from 3 to 100. I'll leave mine set to the default value of 5 for now:


Once you've entered the number of sides, click in the document and drag out your shape. Photoshop always draws polygon shapes out from their center so there's no need to hold down your Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key. Holding your Shift key down after you start dragging will limit the number of angles at which the shape can be drawn, which can help position the shape the way you need it:


And there we have it! That's the essentials of drawing basic geometric vector shapes in Photoshop CS6 using the Rectangle Tool, The Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Polygon Tool, and the Line Tool! In the next tutorial, we'll learn how to add more complex and interesting shapes to your designs and layouts using Photoshop's Custom Shape Tool! Visit our Photoshop Basics section to learn more about Photoshop!


Learn the basics of drawing shapes using the shape tools in Photoshop! Covers the geometric shape tools which include the Rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle, Polygon and Line Tools. Updated for Photoshop 2022.


Vector shapes are drawn using points connected together by straight or curved lines, and they remain scalable and editable without ever losing quality. A path is also scalable and editable, but it's simply the outline of the shape without any fill or stroke. And a pixel shape is made of pixels, just like images.


But briefly, clicking the first icon, Path Operations, opens a list of ways to combine two or more shapes into a larger or more complex shape. The default setting, New Layer, draws a separate and independent shape each time.


The next icon, Path Alignment, opens all the ways to align or distribute multiple shapes. The Align To option at the bottom lets you switch between aligning shapes to a selection or to the canvas.


So now that we've gone through the shape options in the Options Bar, let's look at how to draw different kinds of shapes using Photoshop's various shape tools. We'll start with the Rectangle Tool which draws simple four-sided shapes. I'll show you all the ways to use the Rectangle Tool, but much of what we'll cover applies to the other shape tools as well.


In the Layers panel, the new shape appears on its own shape layer. And because the shape was drawn using the Rectangle Tool, Photoshop names the layer Rectangle 1. Since shapes are added on their own layers, it means a shape can be scaled, edited, moved or deleted without affecting any other shapes or other elements in the document. 041b061a72


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