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Using the Standard Shape Tool

Creating standard shapes, such as polygons or rectangles with rounded corners, used to be a hassle. That is, until Photoshop released its Standard Shape drawing tools. Now, it’s a simple matter of selecting the correct tool, choosing a color, and then drawing the shape. As with any of Photoshop’s drawing functions, control is maintained with the use of additional layers. Photoshop’s standard shapes include rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and polygons. Each one of the shape tools comes with additional options to control exactly how the shape appears when drawn.

Work with the Standard Shape Tool

  • blue-circle1.jpg Select the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon tool on the toolbox.
  • blue-circle2.jpg Click the Fill Pixels button to create raster shapes in the active foreground color.
  • blue-circle3.jpg To switch tools, click the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon tool buttons.
  • blue-circle4.jpg Click the Geometry options list arrow, and then select from the following drawing options or check boxes:
    • Unconstrained. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)

    • Square. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle)

    • Circle. (Ellipse)

    • Fixed Size. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)

    • Proportional. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)

    • From Center. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)

    • Snap to Pixels. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle)

    • Radius. (Polygon)

    • Smooth Corners. (Polygon)

    • Star. (Polygon)

    • Indent Sides By. (Polygon)

    • Smooth Indents. (Polygon)

  • 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 image.

    Useful when drawing shapes with curved edges.

  • blue-circle8.jpg Drag in the document window to create the shape.
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