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Working with the Custom Shape Tool

Having the ability to draw a perfect polygon or rounded-corner rectangle is nice; however, Photoshop went way beyond standard shapes when it introduced the Custom Shape tool. Photoshop now comes packaged with dozens of predesigned shapes, or you can even create your own. User-defined shapes can be made from literally any vector object. For example, a company logo can be converted to a custom shape. Custom shapes have many time-saving applications. As previously mentioned, a company logo, if used frequently, is only a mouse click away. Any vector form, outline, or shape used on a recurring basis, can be converted to a custom shape and saved for future use. Select the Custom Shape tool or, if you have any shape drawing tool selected, click the Custom Shape button from the Options bar, and then configure the shape using choices from the Options bar.

Work with the Custom Shape Tool

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Custom Shape tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Click the Fill Pixels button to create raster shapes, using the active foreground color.
  • blue-circle3.jpg Click the Geometry options list arrow, and then select from the available options: Unconstrained, Defined Proportions, Defined Size, Fixed Size, or From Center.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Click the Shape list arrow, and then select a shape from the available options.
  • blue-circle5.jpg Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.
  • blue-circle6.jpg Enter an Opacity percentage value (1% to 100%).
  • blue-circle7.jpg Select the Anti-alias check box to create a visually smoother line.
  • blue-circle8.jpg Drag in the document window to create the customized shape.
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