by Julieanne Kost
• After creating your own custom Stroke patterns (using the Stroke Options), save them as a preset. Don’t forget that you can save a Tool Preset in order to save all of the Options for the shape tool (fill, stroke, size etc.).
• To copy and paste the Fill or Stroke attributes from one shape to another, click the color swatch next to Fill or Stroke in the Options bar. Then, click the gear icon and choose Copy Fill (or Copy Stroke). Then select another Shape layer, click the color swatch next to Fill or Stroke, select the gear, and choose Paste Fill (or Paste Stroke).
• An even easier way to quickly apply the fill and shape from one layer to another is to Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on the layers panel (to the right of the layer name), and select Copy Shape Attributes (this will copy both the stroke and the fill unlike the tip above that copies one or the other). In the Layers panel, select the layer(s) to paste the attributes and Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) and select Paste Shape Attributes. Note: you can also Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) directly on the layer in the image area, but it might be more difficult to select the layers to paste the attributes on.
• All shapes on a shape layer will have the same Fill and Stroke attributes. To apply different attributes to different shapes, put each shape on its own layer by selecting the shape and choosing Layer > New > Shape Layer Via Cut or use the shortcut: Command + Shift + J (Mac) | Control + Shift + J (Win). Note: when cutting a shape to its own layer and/or when merging 2 (or more) shape layers to the same layer, they no longer rasterize but remain vectors!