tutorials > Using the Shapes Tool
This is a tutorial for beginners or people with a basic knowledge of Photoshop. Here I am going to explain how to make images into shapes.
First you are going to want to select what kind of shape you want to create. This includes the many default sutoms hape tools Photoshop has already included in its default settings. For the ourpose of this tutorial, I using a simple “Rounded Rectangle Tool.” Here is where you can find the shapes on your tool bar:
Next I am going to want to make another selection. With the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” selected I am going to make sure I have the “Paths” option in use. And here is where you can find that:
What the “Paths” option does is make it so that when you place a shape on your canvas, it will just give us the path and it won’t fill it in with color. The first option in that list, “Shape Layers,” will fill the area with color while also creating a new path. The third option, “Fill Pixels,” will fill in the area with color without creating a path.
I have this pic of Inara ad I am going to select part of the image with the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” and this is what that shouild look like:
Now I want to turn that path into a selection. There two ways to do this. I can either right-click on the image (while the custom shape tool is still selected on the tool bar) and choose “Make Selection” or I can go to my Paths palette and coose from there:
(If you don’t know where your Paths palette is, you can easily retrieve it under Window >> Paths.)
SO now I am going to copy that part of the image I have selected and then paste it and move it. And I repeat these steps a few times and now I have a bunch of rounded-edged boxes.
And remember, you can do this and more with any shape tool!