How to use new Presets in Photoshop
- To constrain a rectangle or rounded rectangle to a square, to constrain an ellipse to a circle, or to constrain the line angle to a multiple of 45 degrees, hold down Shift.
Drawing from the center out is the default behavior of the Star tool in Illustrator and the Polygon tool in Illustrator and Photoshop.
You can draw separate shapes on a layer, or use the Add, Subtract, Intersect, or Exclude options to modify the current shape on a layer.
You cut out a shape within an existing shape so that the layers underneath show through. This procedure shows you how to create a doughnut shape, but you can use this technique with any combination of the shape tools, including custom shapes.
You can draw custom shapes by using shapes from the Custom Shape pop-up panel, or save a shape or path to use as a custom shape.
If you don’t find a shape you want in the panel, click the arrow in the upper-right corner of the panel, and choose a different category of shapes. When asked to replace current shapes, click either Replace to view only the shapes in the new category or Append to add to the shapes already displayed.
For more information, see Work with the Preset Manager.
When you create a rasterized shape, you’re drawing and rasterizing a shape and filling it with the foreground color. You cannot edit a rasterized shape as a vector object. Raster shapes are created using the current foreground color.
Controls how the shape will affect the existing pixels in the image. (See Blending modes.)
Determines to what degree the shape will obscure or reveal the pixels beneath it. A shape with 1% opacity appears nearly transparent, while one with 100% opacity appears completely opaque.
Each shape tool provides a unique subset of the options below. To access these options, click the path option icon in the options bar.
Arrowheads Start And End
Adds arrowheads to a line. Select the Line tool and then select Start to add an arrow to the beginning of the line; select End to add an arrow to the end of the line. Select both options to add arrows to both ends. The shape options appear in the pop-up dialog box. Enter values for Width and Length to specify the proportions of the arrowhead as a percentage of the line width (10% to 1000% for Width, and 10% to 5000% for Length). Enter a value for the concavity of the arrowhead (from –50% to +50%). The concavity value defines the amount of curvature on the widest part of the arrowhead, where the arrowhead meets the line.
You can also edit an arrowhead directly using the vector selection and drawing tools.
Renders a rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, or custom shape as a fixed shape based on the values you enter in the Width and Height text boxes.
Indent Sides By
Renders a polygon as a star. Enter a percentage in the text box to specify the portion of the star’s radius taken up by the points. A 50% setting creates points that are half the total radius of the star; a larger value creates sharper, thinner points; a smaller value creates fuller points.
Renders a rectangle, rounded rectangle, or ellipse as a proportional shape based on the values you enter in the Width and Height text boxes.
For rounded rectangles, specifies the corner radius. For polygons, specifies the distance from the center of a polygon to the outer points.
Lets you set the width and height of a rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, or custom shape by dragging.
To change stroke width for other shape tools, choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. (See Apply or edit a custom layer style.)
Specify the following options to set the fill type or stroke type of a shape.
Fills or strokes the shape layer with the current foreground color. Use the Color Picker or color presets to select a different color.
Choose a gradient preset or click on the gradient to display the Gradient Editor dialog. Set additional gradient options.
- Angle specifies the angle at which the gradient is applied.
- Reverse flips the orientation of the gradient colors.
- Style specifies the shape of the gradient.
- Scale changes the size of the gradient.
- Align With Layer uses the bounding box of the layer to calculate the gradient fill. You can drag in the image window to move the center of the gradient.
Beginning with Photoshop 21.2, you can also set an angle to rotate a shape's fill and stroke pattern and easily change its orientation.
Choose a pattern from the pop‑up menu. Set additional pattern options.
- Angle specifies the angle at which the pattern is applied. Set the angle selector at a certain degree or manually type in an angle value to rotate your pattern at the desired angle.
- Scale changes the size of the pattern. Enter a value or drag the slider.