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Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers
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Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Hi! My name is Nigel French and welcome to Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers. In this course, we'll look at using shape layers to create artwork that is crisp and scalable, as well as how to combine shape layers without pixel-based imagery and photographs. I'll start by showing you the fundamentals of drawing and combining shapes. Next, we'll move onto creating some effective and surprisingly simple designs, some exclusively with shape layers, others that combine shape layers with photographs.
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 30m 57s
    1. Three ways to use the shape tools
      6m 49s
    2. Converting shapes to paths and vice versa
      1m 24s
    3. Moving, deleting, copying, and rasterizing shape layers
      5m 28s
    4. Drawing rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses
      2m 59s
    5. Drawing lines
      2m 40s
    6. Drawing polygons and stars
      1m 48s
    7. Drawing pen paths by adding, deleting, and converting anchor points
      5m 51s
    8. Drawing pen paths with hybrid anchor points
      2m 58s
    9. Inverting paths
      1m 0s
  3. 28m 19s
    1. Adding, subtracting, intersecting, excluding, and combining shapes
      3m 50s
    2. Aligning and distributing shapes
      2m 19s
    3. Coloring shape layers
      2m 1s
    4. Creating a poster by combining simple shapes, part 1
      11m 32s
    5. Creating a poster by combining simple shapes, part 2
      8m 37s
  4. 52m 55s
    1. Creating a logo with shape layers
      10m 47s
    2. Applying blend modes to shape layers
      3m 36s
    3. Applying layer effects and styles to shape layers
      2m 53s
    4. Adding strokes to shape layers
      5m 14s
    5. Applying Smart Filters to shape layers
      4m 0s
    6. Combining shape layers with layer effects, blending modes, and Smart Objects
      5m 31s
    7. Creating shape layers from type
      3m 32s
    8. Creating web buttons using shape layers
      2m 33s
    9. Using shape layers to mask multiple layers
      3m 6s
    10. Adding shape layers to a photo illustration
      7m 38s
    11. Using shape layers to apply custom gradients to type
      4m 5s
  5. 28m 52s
    1. Finding and loading custom shapes
      3m 13s
    2. Creating your own custom shape
      5m 2s
    3. Creating a custom shape from an Illustrator symbol
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a custom shape from an Illustrator Live Trace object
      9m 40s
    5. Creating seamless patterns from shape layers
      4m 18s
    6. Saving and loading shapes with the Preset Manager
      1m 38s
  6. 30m 10s
    1. What is a vector mask?
      6m 39s
    2. Converting to a selection, vector mask, or layer mask
      5m 17s
    3. Linking and unlinking vector masks
      4m 47s
    4. Using shape layers to create a photo grid
      1m 42s
    5. Feathering a vector mask edge
      2m 54s
    6. Adjusting vector mask density
      3m 16s
    7. Combining vector masks with layer masks
      3m 34s
    8. Working with paths and clipping paths
      2m 1s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers
2h 53m Intermediate Aug 29, 2011

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In this course, author Nigel French covers the ins and outs of creating professional designs and artwork using crisp, scalable vector graphics in Photoshop. The course demonstrates the fundamentals of drawing and manipulating shapes; achieving various artistic effects using blend modes, layer effects, and Smart Filters; and combining shape layers with pixel-based imagery and photographs. The course also showcases practical applications for shape layers, including posters, logos, and web buttons, and includes tutorials on building custom shapes and making modifications with vector masks.

Topics include:
  • Converting shapes to paths and paths to shapes
  • Moving, deleting, copying, and rasterizing shape layers
  • Drawing pen paths
  • Inverting a path
  • Combining shapes
  • Adding strokes to shape layers
  • Creating shape layers from type
  • Creating custom shapes from Illustrator symbols
  • Building a photo grid
  • Combining vector masks and layer masks
  • Converting a shape layer to a selection, vector mask, or layer mask
  • Working with paths and clipping paths
Subjects:
Design Design Techniques
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Welcome

Hi! My name is Nigel French and welcome to Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers. In this course, we'll look at using shape layers to create artwork that is crisp and scalable, as well as how to combine shape layers without pixel-based imagery and photographs. I'll start by showing you the fundamentals of drawing and combining shapes. Next, we'll move onto creating some effective and surprisingly simple designs, some exclusively with shape layers, others that combine shape layers with photographs.

I'll show you how to use Photoshop's filters, adjustment layers, and Masking tools with shapes. We'll also be looking at creating your own custom shapes, combining Photoshop with Illustrator, and the basics of working with the Pen tool, us something that causes people a lot of confusion. So let's get started with Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers.

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