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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.
Here we're going to look at to drawing rectangles and rounded rectangles, no more rules apply. Hold down the Shift key, if you want a perfect square. Hold down the Alt key if you want to draw the square or rectangle outwards from the center point. Now the thing about holding down the Alt key is that when you hold down the Alt key, look at my cursor there. I have a minus next to it and if I draw, what's going to happen is I've added that shape to the existing shape layer. Note what I wanted to do.
I wanted to create a new shape layer. So I'm going to undo that and this time I'm going to start drawing and then hold down the Alt key. So you need to start drawing first, then hold down the Alt key, if the Alt key or Option key is what you want to use to draw the shape from the center point. Now in addition to this, if I also wanted it to be a perfect square, Shift key as well. Now here is something that you can't do. Well, that you can't do as easily as you might like be able to do and that's create a shape at a specific size.
There is no Transform panel here where you can just type in the dimensions. We need to use our rulers, so we can just use that ruler as official guide or we can come to our Info panel and now let's say I want a square that is 275 pixels. Well, I can hold down my Shift key and I'm just looking at width and height values on my Info panel until I get to 275, right there. Right! So I now have three separate shape layers. Maybe I want to get rid of them, so I'm going to hold down the Shift key to select all of them, and then I'll delete them.
Delete them, Yes. Now I'm going to create a rounded rectangle and again, I'm going to begin with what we can't do. What I can't do is as I'm drawing with the Rounded Rectangle tool, I cannot change the radius on the fly by pressing my up, down or left and right arrows, as you can in Illustrator. So unfortunately you do need to get it right and if you get it wrong, let's say I think that's not rounded enough, then I just really have to get rid of that and then come up to theRadius and increase the Radius value and draw again.
And another thing that you can't do is you can't, once you have drawn your rounded rectangle, come and select it with the path selection tool, as you might expect, and then change the radius anywhere. Once the radius is in, it is the way it is, and if it's not the way you like it, just draw it again. So while there are some limitations, the convenience if being able to work with your shape layers directly within Photoshop does I think outweigh these shortcomings.
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