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In this movie, I'll show you how to create your own custom shape so that you can easily redraw it, in future compositions. So I'm going to start off here by selecting the Custom shape tool, which for me is readily available under the Arrow tool, but if that's not the tool that's selected for you just go ahead and click and hold, and select the Custom shape tool from the Flyout menu. Then I'll go up here to the Shape option and click on it. And, you'll notice if you look through this long list of custom shapes, most of which are really, really great actually, that our stars leave something to be desired.
We've got a couple of different five pointed stars to choose from, but neither of them is perfectly aligned. In other words, if I click on five point star, and then I press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to hide that panel, and I start drawing. Notice that even if I press the shift key that I've got the sloping sides. But if you want to create your standard everyday five pointed American star with exactly aligned sides well it's actually fairly tricky to pull off. And that's why it might be nice to go ahead and save it as a custom shape once we're done.
So I'll show you how it works. I'll press the backspace key, or the delete key on a Mac, in order to get rid of that star layer, and then, I'll go ahead and click and hold on the custom shape tool, and select the Polygon tool instead, which is the tool that allows you to draw stars. Now, by default, you're going to draw a pentagon. As you see there. Don't want that, so press Ctrl+Z, Cmd+Z on a Mac, to undo. Then you want to go up to this little gear icon, click on it, and select the star check box. Now notice this value here, indent sides by, which is set to 50%.
I really don't have any idea what in the world that even means, so I'll just go ahead and drag to create this star. And you create the shapes from the center out. So, I've got it too high. I'll press and hold the spacebar as I drag to move it down. And actually I want it to be an upright star, so I need to drag directly upward while pressing the shift key, like so. And you want to make sure to press the shift key after you begin dragging, by the way, and hold it down until you're done. If you press the shift key before you start dragging with the star, you'll add it to the scissors layer which is not what we'd want.
All right, I'll go ahead and release. And notice, if you look very closely here, I'm not sure if it's going to show up well in the video. So let's go ahead and zoom in to the 100% view size. And notice here, that the sides are not exactly horizontal. They're a little off horizontal. In fact, which means I need to change that Indent by value. So, once again press backspace or delete in order to get rid of that shape, and what I found through absolute trial and error is for a five-pointed star you want to set the Indent Sides By value to 52.5%.
And I'll go ahead and accept that value by pressing the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac. And then alter our new star like so, keep forgetting that it goes from the center out so I'll press the space bar in order to relocate that shape and also press the shift key while dragging up in order to insure that the star is exactly up right. And you can see here that we now have horizontal sides along the top edge of the star which tells me that the other sides are straight as well. All right, now that I've created this star, I want to save it off, because, it was a pain in the neck, right? I had to spend, you know, several minutes figuring out what that indent sides value needed to be, and I'll never remember that value for sure, so, just to make sure I can easily draw that shape in the future, I'll select my Black arrow tool, and then I'll click on the shape outline in order to select it.
And then, I'll go up to the Edit menu, and choose Define Custom Shape and I'll go ahead and call this one American star so that I can tell it apart from the other ones and click Okay, in order to create that custom shape. Now I'll press the backspace key again, delete key on a Mac in order to get rid of that shape layer and I will redraw it down here, in a lower right corner of the started rectangle Just so you can see how it works. I'll click and hold on the Polygon tool and then choose the Custom shape tool from the Flyout menu.
Now click on this little shape right there which is the bad five pointed star and I'll click all the way down the list and there is my good old American star. Press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to hide that panel. And then, I can drag from corner to corner with this tool, while pressing the Shift key, in order to draw this shape. And again, you want to press the Shift key after you begin dragging, so that you create the shape on it's own independent layer. And then I'll go ahead and release the mouse button in order to create a star that's about as big as you see there. Alright, I want to create another hole here in my rounded rectangle.
So I'l click on a layer mask. For rounded, you can see right there that the layer name is truncated, but if you hover over it you'll see the entire name, Rounded Rectangle 1. I don't want it really to have that name so, I'll go ahead and call it border. And then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac, click on the layer mask once again in order to select it and I'll switch to the rectangular marquee tool, and then I'll select this region like so, and I might as well Shift+drag around here, just to make sure I'm getting rid of all the dots I need. And my background color is black, so I'll press Ctrl+Backspace, or Cmd+Del on a Mac to fill that selection with black.
And then I'll press Ctrl+D, or Cmd+D on a Mac, to deselect the image. Now notice while the Rounded rectangle tool was smart enough to name its layer Rounded Rectangle, the Custom shape tool is not so smart. So we've got the shape one layer which is the scissors of course. And then we've got the shape two layer which is the star. So in other words, just might as well tidy things up. Alright, I'll press Ctrl+0, Cmd+0 on Mac, in order to zoom out and I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on Mac To hide the shape outline. And that's how you create your own very useful custom shape here inside Photoshop.
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