Power User Shortcuts

to do this: use this method:

Add an anchor point

Change perspective

Edit ^Transform ^Perspective

Convert a selection into a path

Convert a point


Create a clipping group

Press and hold [Alt] IWm) nr ! \ (Mac), position pointer between layers, then click using i^p

Create a custom shape

// or Shift U

Create a line

\ or Shift U

Create a new shape layer


Create a new work path

Create a polygon

Q or Shift U

Create a rectangle

J or Shift U

Create a rounded rectangle

Q or Shift U

Create an ellipse

O or Shift U

Delete an anchor point

Key: Menu items are indicated by > between the menu name and its command. Blue bold letters are shortcuts for selecting tools on the toolbox.

to do this: use this method:

Deselect a path

Click an empty space on Paths palette

Distort a selection

Edit > Transform ^Distort

Drawfreeform shapes

or Shift P

Draw paths

£ or Shift P

Draw along the object's edge

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Export a path

File > Export > Paths to Illustrator

Fill a layer with background color

[Ctrl][Shift][Backspace] (Win) or [@][Delete] (Mac)

Flip a selection

Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical

Load path as a selection


Repeat last transform command

Edit > Transform > Again or [Shift][Ctrl][T] or [Shift][@][T] (Mac)

Rotate a selection

Edit > Transform > Rotate

Scale a selection

Edit > Transform > Scale

Skew a selection

Edit > Transform > Skew

Stroke a path

Using the bounding box and transform commands, you can change the shape of layer contents. Using clipping groups and masks you can use the contents of one layer to fill the shape of another layer. Shapes can be any combination of ellipses or rectangles, or any of the custom shapes that are provided. Photoshop gives you many ways to make selections, including using pen tools to trace the edges of an object, and then save that selection as a path. A shape can be created on its own layer, then modified, filled, and embellished with layer styles.

What You Have Learned:

• How to fill a shape with a pattern in another layer

• How to reshape the contents of a layer

• How to create and modify a path

• How to create a shape layer

• How to create and embellish a custom shape

• How to convert a path into a selection

• How to convert a selection into a path

Key Terms

Anchor points Small squares similar to fastening points that connect as one or more straight or curved line segments to define a path.

Clipping mask Effect used to display the image or pattern from one layer into the shape of another layer. (Also called a clipping group.)

Path One or more straight or curved line segments connected by anchor points.

Pen tools Let you draw a path by placing anchor points along the edge of another image.

Vector data A shape or path that will not lose its crisp appearance if resized or reshaped.

Work path A temporary path that has been created but not yet named.


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