To draw multiple shapes in a layer (Photoshop):

1 Select the layer to which you want to add shapes.

2 Select a drawing tool, and set tool-specific options.

3 Choose one of the following in the options bar:

• Add to Shape Area Q to add the new area to the existing shapes or path.

• Subtract from Shape Area ^ to remove the overlapping area from the existing shapes or path.

• Intersect Shape Areas n to restrict the area to the intersection of the new area and the existing shapes or path.

• Exclude Overlapping Shape Areas to exclude the overlap area in the consolidated new and existing areas.

Use the following keyboard shortcuts while drawing with a shape tool: Hold down Shift to temporarily select the Add to Shape Area option; hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) to temporarily select the Subtract from Shape Area option.

4 Draw in the image. You can easily switch between drawing tools by clicking a tool button in the options bar.

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