Select the Rectangle tool
Learn how to work with the Rectangle tool in Photoshop
The Rectangle tool allows you to draw rectangles and rounded rectangles on your canvas:
Select the Rectangle tool
From the toolbar, click and hold the Shape tool () group icon to bring up the various shape tool choices. Select the Rectangle tool.
Adjust the shape properties of the Rectangle tool
In the shape tool options bar, you can set:
Draw a rectangle
Click on the canvas to bring up the Create Rectangle dialog. You can use this dialog to maually set the dimensions, corner radii of your rectangle, and choose to align from centre. Click OK to enable changes. Position your pointer and drag on the canvas to draw a rectangle. This automatically creates a new layer in the Layers panel.
With the March 2021 release of Photoshop 22.3, the Rounded Rectangle tool has been removed. However, you can easily use the improved Rectangle tool with the capability to draw rounded rectangles with a field to set corner radii.
Edit rectangle shape properties
You can easily edit your shape properties directly using on-canvas controls or accessing Shape Properties under the Properties panel.
Use the Path Selection tool to select the shape whose path you want to modify.
In the Properties panel or the tool options bar, click the Set Shape Stroke Type menu icon to open the Stroke Options panel.
In the Stroke Options panel, do any of the following:
Butt cap Creates squared ends that abut (stop at) the endpoints.
Round cap Creates semicircular ends that extend half the stroke width beyond the endpoints.
Projecting cap Creates squared ends that extend half the stroke width beyond the endpoints. This option makes the stroke weight extend evenly in all directions around the path.
Note: Keep in mind that the caps are not visible unless the path is opened. Also, cap styles are easier to see at thicker stroke weights.
Miter join Creates pointed corners that extend beyond the endpoint when the miter’s length is within the miter limit.
Round join Creates rounded corners that extend half the stroke width beyond the endpoints.
Bevel join Creates squared corners that abut the endpoints.
Note: Like caps, miters are easier to see at thicker stroke weights.
After specifying the shape stroke options in the Stroke Options panel, you can save your newly created stroke type for reuse.
Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Stroke Options panel and choose Save Stroke.
After specifying shape stroke options, you can apply the settings to another shape by copying and pasting.
Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Stroke Options panel and choose Copy Stroke Details.
Select the shape you want to modify.
In the Properties panel or tool options bar, click the Set Shape Stroke Type menu icon to open the Stroke Options panel.
Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Stroke Options panel and choose Paste Stroke Details.