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Making shapes

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Video: Making shapes

Designers and scrapbookers will be happy to know that you can make vector-based shapes in Elements' Editor using the Shape tools. Because these shapes are made up of points and curves, rather than pixels, they have smooth, professional looking edges. And because they're vector-based, rather than pixel-based, you can change their shape and size without harming their appearance. The Shape tools are located here in the toolbar. There's a whole list of Geometric Shape tools that you can use to draw rectangles, rounded rectangles, circles and ovals, straight-edged shapes, like triangles, and lines.

Making shapes

Designers and scrapbookers will be happy to know that you can make vector-based shapes in Elements' Editor using the Shape tools. Because these shapes are made up of points and curves, rather than pixels, they have smooth, professional looking edges. And because they're vector-based, rather than pixel-based, you can change their shape and size without harming their appearance. The Shape tools are located here in the toolbar. There's a whole list of Geometric Shape tools that you can use to draw rectangles, rounded rectangles, circles and ovals, straight-edged shapes, like triangles, and lines.

My favorite of the Shape tools is the Custom Shape tool, which you can use to draw objects. I'll select that tool, and then in the Options bar for the tool, I'll go up to the shape picker, and I'll click the arrow to the right of that field. That opens the shape picker with a few shapes. You may have different shapes than I do, but there are many more shapes to choose from than the initial ones. To see more shapes, click the double-pointed arrow, and choose All Elements Shapes, and then click on the bottom right corner of the shape picker, and drag down.

There're all kinds of shapes to choose from here; from animals, to cartoons, to arrows, and if you scroll down, lots more. I'm going to choose one of these shapes by clicking on its thumbnail in the shape picker, and then I'll go up to the tool Options bar, and I'll click to dismiss the shape picker. Now I'm going to select a color for my shape. I'll click the arrow to the right of the color picker, and I'll click on one of these color swatches to choose a color. Alternatively, you can click More Colors to open the color picker, and have a choice of lots more colors. I'll click in the tool Options bar to close the color picker and now I'm going to come into my image, and I'm going to start drawing my shape, which is a deer.

I can make a small deer, I can make a long thin deer, I can make a tall deer, depending on which direction I drag. If I hold down the Shift key as I drag, that will constrain the proportions of the deer to the original. I'll release my mouse, and there is my custom shape. The line that you see around the shape is a path that defines the shape. I'll go over to the Layers panel, and there you can see a new layer; my shape layer. If I click off that layer onto another layer, that path goes away, and you have a better view of the shape.

Notice how smooth its edges are, because it is a vector-based graphic. If I want to change something about the shape -- maybe add a style to it, or change its color -- again, I'll click on the shape layer, I'll make sure I still have the Custom Shape tool selected in the toolbar, and I'll go up to the Options bar, and change an option. Maybe I'll select a different color here, and if I want to, I can add a style. When I open the style picker, the first styles that I see are bevels. I can click one of those to apply it to the shape, or if I want to see other styles, I can click the double-pointed arrows on the right side of the shape picker, and choose from other categories of shapes, like drop shadows, or glows.

If I want no shape at all, I'll choose Remove Style from this menu, and I'm back to the no shape symbol in the Style field. I'll click in the Options bar to close that picker, and again, I'll click on another layer in the Layers panel to see the shape without its path outline. Because it's on its own layer, if I select the shape layer, I can move it by getting the Move tool, and clicking and dragging it to another place in my image, and again, I'll click off it. One of the great things about objects drawn with the Shape tools is that they can be made larger and smaller without harming quality.

To do that, I'll go back over to the toolbar, I'll click on the Custom Shape tool, and I'm going to select another tool from the same flyout menu: the Shape Selection tool. With that tool, I'll double-click on my object, and that brings up this bounding box, and shows the path with anchor points. If I click and drag on any of the corner anchor points, I can make the shape much smaller, or much bigger. So I've made it small, and I'm going to click the green check mark to accept that. Because I don't want to see the path with the anchor points, I'll go up to the Options bar, and I'll click the green check mark there too.

So there's my tiny shape. Now, if this were a pixel-based object, if I now made it bigger, it would probably look quite blurry, and perhaps you'd even be able to see the pixels that make up a pixel-based object. But this is a vector-based object. So if I want it to be larger again, I'll double click it again with the Shape Selection tool, move my mouse over one of its corners, and drag. I'll click the green check mark here, and up here again, and you can see that it is just as smooth-edged, and non-pixelated as ever.

I can even distort it. Again, I'll double-click it with the Shape Selection tool, and now I'll go up to the Image menu, and I'll choose Transform Shape, and here I can choose to skew it, or distort it, or change its perspective. I'll try Distort, and then I'll move over one of these anchor points, and drag, and that actually reshapes the object. So now I've got a thinner deer that's rising up further on its hind legs. I'll click the green check mark, and this green check mark up here, to hide the bounding box, and the path with its anchor points.

So explore the shape picker, and all the options there for making flexible, vector-based shapes that will come in handy for cards, invitations, and lots of your other projects.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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