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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
In this brief exercise, I'm going to show you how to save out your custom path outline as a custom shape that you can draw over and over again, it's so easy to do, but it's definitely worth knowing. I have got my Heart shape path selected here inside the Paths palette. So you want to switch over to Paths palette in order to make it active and, of course, I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Final heart shape.jpg. How do we go about saving this path outline as a custom shape? With the path selected, it's very important that the path is selected here in the Paths palette, go up to the Edit menu and choose Define Custom Shape right there, and then you will have the option of naming that shape and I'm going to go ahead and call it Organic Heart or something like that because it is a little more organic.
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