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In this movie, I'll show you how to create a pattern of custom shapes. Specifically, we're going to be drawing this perfect row of scissors below the dotted rectangle. I'll go ahead and turn that Scissors layer off because we're going to recreate it, and then I'll click on a rounded rectangle layer to make it active, so that we create the new layer in front of it. And I'll click and hold on the rounded rectangle tool in my case, to bring up the fly out menu, and choose the custom shape tool from the bottom of the list. Then go up here to the shape option, near the right hand side of the options bar.
And click on the down pointing arrowhead, in order to bring up a list of custom shapes. Now these aren't all the shapes that ship along with Photo Shop These are just the ones that show up by default. If you want to see every single one of them, which you do because there's a lot of great shapes here. Then click on this little gear icon in order to bring up this pop up menu, and choose all. Which will load up every single shape that ships with the program. Then in response to this dialog box go ahead and click OK, you don't have to append them. Because the all library includes these shapes as well.
So, just click OK and you'll see this very long list here. Now the shape that we're looking for, is located about midway down the list here. It's this pair of sissors, scissors 2. So go ahead and click on it, in order to select it and then you can press the enter key, or the return key on the mac in order to hide that panel. And now I'll draw a shape, right about here like so. And notice that you can stretch the shape as you draw it. However, if you want to draw it at the same proportions that it was created in the first place, then you want to press the Shift key as you create that shape.
You can also use the Spacebar to relocate the shape like so. You can press and hold the Alt key, or Option key on the Mac, to draw the shape from the center outward, and so forth. But, in my case, I want the shape to be right about there, I think. And then go ahead and release, in order to create that shape. Now, in my case, I've got this dotted boundary around the scissors, which is most definitely not what I want. So I'll click on the fill swatch up here in the options bar. And I'll change it to white, just by clicking on the white swatch here in the Swatches panel. And then I'll click on the strokes watch right there.
And I'll change it to no color. Alright. That gets rid of that problem, makes the scissors look great. Now, I do have a specific size in mind. I just know that this size happens to work out well. So up here in the options bar, make sure that the chain icon is selected, so that we're modifying the shape proportionally. And I am going to click on the W to select the width value and I'll change it to 161. Then press the enter key or the return key on the Mac to make that change. Now, lets create some duplicates of that path by selecting the black arrow tool, or if you prefer the path selection tool and then click on the path outlined to select it.
And now press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and drag the scissors to a different location. And we want six copies of the scissors in all. Really doesn't matter where you put 'em all that much. As long as you make sure that the last, pair of scissors is located right about there. That'll make things work out the way they need to. And at this point, you can see that my six scissors are neither aligned, nor properly distributed. In order to pull that off, you go ahead and marquee all of the shapes like so.
And you just need to partially marquee them, by the way. You don't have to entirely enclose them. Now, go up to the Path Alignment icon up here in the Options bar. Click on it. And you'll need this option, align to selection turned on. So I'll go ahead and choose it first. Then return to that same icon, and choose vertical centers, in order to vertically center all six pairs of scissors and return to that aligment icon once again. And choose distribute widths, in order to evenly space the scissors. And now I'm going to press the Up Arrow key a few times just to nudge those scissors upward like so, and we're done.
I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac to hide those selection outlines. And that is how you draw a line and distribute custom shapes here inside Photoshop.
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