Photoshop CC has the ability to create “live shapes” (or re-editable) with rounded corners using the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle and/or Ellipse Shape tools. To do so, drag out the desired rectangle, then use the Properties panel to round the corners (use the link icon to round them all at once, or each one independently). And, when used in combination with Smart Objects, the can be even more powerful! This video will show you how:
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In Photoshop CC, adding a Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle and/or Ellipse Shape layer (using the Shape tools) displays the Properties panel making it easier to access the Live Shape Properties. To stop this this auto-reveal behavior, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), from the Properties panel’s fly-out menu, uncheck “Show on Shape Creation”. Note: you must have a Shape layer with Live Shape Properties to access this fly-out menu.
The arrangement of paths (sometimes referred to as their stacking order), as well as path selection is critical when assigning path operations.
In the illustration below, the the circles in the first group were drawn from left to right on the same shape layer with the path operation set to Combine Shapes. In the second grouping, the middle circle was selected and the path operation was changed to Exclude Overlapping Shape. Because path operations only affect paths below the selected path, only the first circle was affected. In the last grouping, the center circle was selected and the Path Operation was also set to Exclude Overlapping Shapes. However, the center circle’s arrangement (stacking order) was then changed by selecting Bring Shape to Front using the Path Arrangement icon in the options bar. By changing it’s path arrangement to the top of the stack, the middle circle now affects all paths below it.
The illustration below is an attempt to show the stacking order of the paths in the above illustration from a different view.
While drawing shapes, use the following shortcuts to apply path operations. (Path operations change the way that shapes in Photoshop can interact with each other.)
• Shift -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and combines it if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Combine Shapes).
• Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and subtracts the new path if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Subtract Front Shape). Note: after you start drawing the second path using this shortcut keyboard modifier, you can release to drag the shape from the corner instead of the center.
• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and displays the intersection of the shapes if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Intersect Shape Areas).
• I do not know of a shortcut to access the Exclude Overlapping Shapes path operation.
To apply path operations to shape layers after they are created, select the desired path(s) and use the following shortcuts:
• Tap the + (plus) key to Combine Shapes (set the path operation in the Option bar to Combine Shapes).
• Tap the – (minus) key to Subtract the front shape (set the path operation in the Option bar to Subtract Front Shape).
•Tap the / (Forward slash key) to set the path operation to Intersect Shape Areas. Note: this shortcut was added to Photoshop CC.
• Tap the * (multiply) key to set the path operation to Exclude Overlapping Shapes. Note: this shortcut requires input from an extended keyboard (shift + 8 for * does not work). This shortcut was also added to Photoshop CC.
In an attempt to make the hand-off between designer and developer easier, several attributes of Type and Shape Layers can be copied as CSS. To copy a single layer or a Layer Group, select it in the Layers panel, then use the fly-out menu to select Copy CSS.
The DIV shapes include:
• Rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse
• Solid Color fill, gradient fill (linear & radial), opacity
• Drop Shadow, z-index
Stroke Attributes include:
• border-width, border-color,
• border-style (dotted/dashed/solid)
• background-image (layer name)
Text Attributes include:
• font-size, font-family, color, font-weight (bold),
• font-style (italic), font-variant (small-caps),
• text-decoration (strikethrough, underline),
• text-transform (uppercase), vertical-align (sub, super)
• text-align, text-indent, transform
• Drop Shadows
In addition, there are third party plug-ins( such as CSS Hat) that can help with handing off Layer Style information to CSS.
I’m reposting this video (Creating Transparent Logos for Watermarks and Overlays in Photoshop), because it’s still one of the most popular questions that I receive at events. Although the video covers the topic in detail, in a nutshell, the technique is to use the Fill slider on the Layers panel to hide the content on the layer while maintaining the applied layer styles.
There are several ways to display a photograph within a shape in Photoshop.
• This first example uses a vector mask to control what portion of the photo is hidden or revealed. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Path. Then drag out the shape and choose Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.
• The second example shows the photo (Layer 1) clipped by a shape layer. To create this effect, select the desired shape tool and set the Shape tool options (in the options bar) to Shape. Then drag out the shape, reposition it in the Layers panel so that the shape is below the layer with the photo and – with the photo layer selected, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Note: you can achieve different effects by changing the shape layer’s fill and stroke.
• The third example shows that if you create a copy of the original photo and reposition it under the shape layer, lowering it’s opacity and adding a drop shadow can make it more interesting.
Photoshop CS6 has changed the default behavior when dragging vector curves. After creating a path, dragging on a curve (line segment) will reshape the path much more gracefully than in previous versions. If however, you like the legacy behavior, select the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool and check Constrain Path dragging in the Option bar.
When adding a Solid Color stroke to a shape layer in Photoshop, I achieved the results that I expected. However when I added a Gradient stroke to a shape layer, I was surprised at the results. Photoshop is drawing a gradient and then clipping it to appear within the width of the stroke. Of course you can change the look of the gradient by changing the style (Linear, Radial etc) but if you want a gradient to be applied either along a stroke or across a stroke, then you might need to step into Illustrator. The following graphic shows the different ways that Photoshop and Illustrator can apply strokes to shapes.
If you copy and paste a shape from Illustrator to Photoshop, the results will differ depending on the type of layer selected:
• If a pixel layer is the selected layer in Photoshop, the pasted shape will take on the fill of the foreground color as set in the Tool bar.
• If a shape layer is the selected layer in Photoshop, the pasted shape will take on the fill from the options bar.