Create complex shapes with shape layers using path operations.
What you'll need
What you learned: How to create custom shapes with the Pen tool, then add complexity using the Merge Paths command and Repeaters
Create a custom shape with the Pen tool
- Make sure no layers are selected in the timeline and choose the Pen tool from the Toolbar.
- Adjust the Fill and Stroke options to set the fill and stroke colors and styles.
- Click in the Composition panel to add points that define the shape, and drag to round the shape of the path through the points you created.
- Click back on the first path point to close the path and create a custom shape.
- Use the handles and drag points to customize the appearance of the shape.
Add complexity to a shape using the Merge Paths command
- Select the shape layer in the timeline and press UU to open any previously customized parameters.
- Select the name of the shape to duplicate in the timeline and press Command+D (MacOS) or Control+D (Windows) to duplicate the shape.
- Adjust the shape transform controls of the duplicate shape so that it is no longer the same as the original shape.
- Select Contents on the shape layer, then choose the Merge Paths command from the Add button in the timeline.
- In the Merge Paths command, change the Mode dropdown menu to specify how the overlapping paths will operate with each other.
Add more complexity to a shape with a Repeater
- Select Contents from the shape layer and choose Repeater from the Add button in the timeline.
- Adjust the Repeater transform options to customize the appearance of the duplicate shapes created by the Repeater.