- Understanding Foreground and Background Colors
- Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels
- Modifying the Brush Presets Panel
- Selecting Brush Tip Sets
- Adjusting Brush Tips
- Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips
- Creating Customized Brush Tips
- Saving Customized Brush Tips
- Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
- Working with the Mixed Brush Tool
- Working with the Pencil Tool
- Working with Auto Erase
- Working with the Line Tool
- Using the Standard Shape Tool
- Working with the Custom Shape Tool
- Creating a Custom Shape
- Saving Custom Shape Sets
- Using the Paint Bucket Tool
- Working with the Eraser Tools
- Working with the Magic Eraser Tool
- Creating and Applying Gradients
- Creating and Saving Customized Gradients
- Using the Color Replacement Tool
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
- Select the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon tool on the toolbox.
- Click the Fill Pixels button to create raster shapes in the active foreground color.
- To switch tools, click the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon tool buttons.
- 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)
Fixed Size. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)
Proportional. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)
From Center. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse)
Snap to Pixels. (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle)
Smooth Corners. (Polygon)
Indent Sides By. (Polygon)
Smooth Indents. (Polygon)
- Click the Mode list arrow, and then select a blending mode.
- Enter an Opacity percentage value (1% to 100%).
- Select the Anti-alias check box to create a visually smoother image.
Useful when drawing shapes with curved edges.
- Drag in the document window to create the shape.