Painting simple shapes with the drawing tools

As I alluded to a section or two ago, you can use the new shape tools to create raster — that is, pixel-based — objects, as well as vector objects (see Chapter 3 if you need a refresher course on the difference). After selecting the rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, polygon, line, or custom shape tool, click the Fill Region icon on the Options bar, labeled in Figure 5-11. Then use the tools as described in Chapter 14 to create your shapes, which Photoshop fills with the foreground color.

Press mouse button, press Shift, begin drag

Release Shift

Press Shift again. . . . . . to snap line back to perpendicular

Figure 5-10: To create the basic structure for our bony pal, I periodically pressed and released Shift while dragging with the paintbrush (top). Then I embellished the fish using the paintbrush and pencil (middle). Finally, I applied the Emboss filter to transform fish into fossil (bottom).

Fill Region

Shape tool icons

-Click for more options

Fill Region

Shape tool icons

-Click for more options

Figure 5-11: Click the paint bucket icon to create rasterized shapes with the shape tools (line, rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and custom shape).

When Fill Region is selected, you can adjust the opacity and blend mode of your paint strokes through the Opacity and Mode menus on the Options bar. You also can select the Anti-aliased check box to soften the transition between a shape and its surroundings. I created the left star in the figure with Anti-aliased turned off; the right star shows the same shape painted with the check box turned on. If you click the down-pointing triangle at the end of the strip of tool icons, you display additional options for the selected tool.

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