Shape Tools

If you look at the options for each shape, you'll notice that there are three different methods you can use to create a shape:

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Shape options

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Shape options

as a shape layer (default)

Your shape will be created as a solid-colored layer covered with a vector shape mask. Confused? Think of the mask as a sheet of dark paper that has a hole (your shape) cut out of it so that the color shines through the hole. To change the color, double-click on the color block in the Layers palette as shown in this example. To change the vector shape mask, use the vector editing tools.

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Different ways to create shapes

Different ways to create shapes as a path

Your shape will be created as a path in the Paths palette, as shown in the example above (in which the path has been named Work Path).

as filled pixels

Your shape will be created on whichever layer is currently selected. I created a new layer, then created a shape using the Fill pixels option on Layer 1 in the above example.

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