Vector Shapes

Vector Shapes are new to later versions of Photoshop - here's what they do

Next to the Pen tool in the ninth row of the tool bar is the Vector Shape tool. This enables you do draw shapes as vector paths or vector masks by dragging them out in the Layers or Paths palette.

With the tool selected you can choose from the Options bar what you want to create. You can select the Pen and Freestyle Pen tool from the Vector Shape tool's Options, but there are also the specific shapes: Ellipse, Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Polygon and Line.

A third option is the Custom

A Vector Shape can be created as a mask for a solid fill layer, and optionally, as here, have a layer style automatically applied to it.

Shape, which enables you to choose a shape from the library of designs that ships with Photoshop.

Preset styles

If you choose a Layer Style preset from the Layer Styles preset pop-up before you drag out a shape, that style will be applied to the shape.

How to create Custom Shapes

I The Custom Shape option in the Vector Shape's Option bar gains you access to a large library of custom vector designs.

Your shape can be created in three ways:as a Shape layer,as a plain vector path in the Paths palette,or as a direct pixel fill with no saved vector attributes.

Whenever vector shapes overlap in the same layer,you can choose how they will react to one another. The options are:Add,Subtract, Intersect and Exclude.

I The Custom Shape option in the Vector Shape's Option bar gains you access to a large library of custom vector designs.

This is a Shape Layer: it is essentially a solid fill layer with a vector mask-

Layer Styles can be applied to Shape Layers; here a drop shadow is applied-

Photoshop comes with a large collection of custom vector shapes-

This is a Shape Layer: it is essentially a solid fill layer with a vector mask-

Layer Styles can be applied to Shape Layers; here a drop shadow is applied-

Photoshop comes with a large collection of custom vector shapes-

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