Take a tour of the new features and improved vector workflow in Photoshop CS6. In this video tutorial (Working with Shape Layers in Photoshop CS6), Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly add custom strokes and fills to Shape layers, combine shapes without rasterizing layers, and use new alignment options and Pixel Grid for better rendering.
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When I create an episode of The Complete Picture for Adobe TV, I try to cram in as much information as I possibly can about a subject yet not run over the 10 minute limit (which I seem to do anyway – so I really owe a great deal to Kush, Karl and Erik for their never ending patience and extremely fast editing skills!).
But, I was trying to find a way to answer the questions/comments/requests that I receive – which I could cover in a less-than-one-minute video – yet would take a slow writer such as myself a millennium to put down on paper. So, last time I visited AdobeTV, we recorded some of these shorter “Quick Tips” tips that I could release in between the longer episodes of The Complete Picture.
Here is the first Quick Tip where I explain How to Draw a Circle Around an Object in Photoshop. Please let me know if you find it useful.
After creating a path (with the pen tool) you can select the path and Choose Edit > Define Custom Shape to add the shape to your Shape Library.
When using the Custom Shape tool, ‘[‘ or ‘]’ goes to previous or next shape in Custom Shape Picker (in the Options bar). Adding the Shift key selects the first or last shape in the Custom Shape Picker.
When using the Line tool‘[‘ or ‘]’ decreases or increases the line width by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase/decrease the line width in increments of 10.
When using the Polygon tool, ‘[‘ or ]’ decreases or increases the number of sides by one. Adding the Shift key will increase/decrease the number of sides in increments of 10.
For the rounded rectangle tool: ‘[‘ or ‘]’ decreases or increases the corner radius by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase/decrease the radius in increments of 10.
With the Line tool selected, click on the downward facing triangle to the right of the Custom Shape tool icon the Options bar to access arrowhead options.
Regardless of which Shape tool is selected, (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Line and/or Custom Shape), when creating a shape layer ‘,’ (comma) or ‘.’ (period) goes to previous or next Layer style in the Style Picker (in the Options bar). Adding the Shift key selects the first or last style in the Style Picker.
To quickly find the center of a path or shape layer, select the path and choose the Move tool. In the Options bar, check the “Show Transform Controls” option. The transform controls can also be used to transform your path – simply drag the anchor points (shift -drag to constrain proportions). Don’t forget to apply the transformation (tap Return (Mac) or Enter (Win), click the check icon in the Option bar or double click within the transform controls.
Note: if the selected path is a vector mask, the transform controls will be displayed around the layer contents (not the path). Select the path, and then choose Edit > Transform Path.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can transform paths (and therefore shapes) outside of the visible image area and Photoshop will keep track of them.
After drawing a path with the Pen tool, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Return (Mac) / Enter (Win) crates a selection from the path. Note: this shortcut works with any selected path (shape layer, vector mask etc.).
With a path selected, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -drag the path in the image area to duplicate it.
To select multiple paths (or delete them from the selection if they are already selected), shift-click the path with the Path Selection tool. Click and drag in the image area to select multiple paths with the Path Select tool, or click and drag to select multiple line segments with the Direct Selection tool.
To select an entire path, use the Path Selection tool. To select segments of a path (including anchor points, direction lines etc.), use the Direct Selection tool. Instead of switching tools, adding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + click on a path/anchor point with the Direct Selection tool will select the entire path.
When using the Vector tools in Photoshop, keep the following in mind. First, The Pen and Shape tools can be used to create Shape Layers, Paths, or Filled Pixel regions. Be sure to select the correct icon (in the Options bar) before starting to work, or you might have to backtrack or go through extra steps to correct it. Also, the Pen and Shape tools can have Styles applied, so if you’re not achieving your expected results, make sure that the Style icon (in the Options Bar) is set to “No Style”.