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Coloring shape layers

From: Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

Video: Coloring shape layers

Here are some quick tips for coloring your shape layers. I'm going to choose one of my shape layer tools, in this case the Custom Shape tool, and I'm going to use this typographic ornament as my custom shape. I have the color set here, or I can change the foreground color, either works. And then I'm going to just draw my shape. Now if I want to change that color, I can double-click on the solid color fill.

Coloring shape layers

Here are some quick tips for coloring your shape layers. I'm going to choose one of my shape layer tools, in this case the Custom Shape tool, and I'm going to use this typographic ornament as my custom shape. I have the color set here, or I can change the foreground color, either works. And then I'm going to just draw my shape. Now if I want to change that color, I can double-click on the solid color fill.

I can also just change my foreground color and use Alt or Option and the Backspace/Delete key. Or if I do want to fill it with my background color, Ctrl or Command and the Backspace/Delete key. What I can't do at the moment and which is sometimes useful to be able to do is I cannot get my paintbrush--instead I am painting in that shape--nor can I get my gradient, and in this case I have a spectrum gradient chosen, and drag a gradient across that shape.

I could make a gradient fill and clip it to the shape and that works fine, or I could apply a gradient overlay to the shape, but let's say I actually wanted to paint with a gradient inside the shape. To do that, what I would need to do is come to the Layer menu and down to Rasterize. Now I don't want to rasterize the shape because then we'll lose the scalability of the shape. We'll lose the benefit of it being a shape layer. But if I rasterize the filled content, I can now drag my gradient across there, or I can go to my Paintbrush and I'll set my foreground color to black and I can paint inside that shape.

So something to consider there. The option of going to rasterize and rasterizing the fill content, which retains your vector mask, but just gives you a few more options for what you can actually do with the color that fills that vector mask.

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Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

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Nigel French
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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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