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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.
The Polygon tool allows us to create straight sided objects with a specified number of sides. I have a simple grid here just so I can draw the different objects within these grid cells. I'm going to draw five-sided polygon. It will be drawn from the center point outwards, like so. I don't need to hold down the Alt key in order to get it to draw from the center point outwards. Let's say I now want to draw a five pointed star. I can come check the star option, indent the size by 50%, and that's what I'm going to get. Now if I want the star to have the bottom two points on a horizontal plain, I will do the same thing and I'll hold down the Shift key and drag up, adding the Shift key after you've started drawing.
So we have a fewer other options. We can add more sides to our star. Let's say we want a 10 pointed start and we want to change the indent of the star. I'm going to go to 90%. I am going to do that one down here. That's what that one is going to look like. I'm not going to go back to a 50% star inset and this time I'm going to smooth the corners, and it's going to look like that. And how about me smooth the indents this time? And that would look like so.
One other thing and that is the ability to change the radius. This is where we can specify the distance from the center point of the star to its edge, and I'm going to make this 150 pixels. So it's an absolute rather than a percentage measurement and then when I draw right there, regardless of how far I drag, that's going to be 150 pixels from the center point to its edge. So those are just some of the things that we can achieve using the Polygon tool.
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