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Drawing rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses

From: Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

Video: Drawing rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses

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.

Drawing rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses

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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Photoshop for Designers: Shape Layers

42 video lessons · 13826 viewers

Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 30m 57s
    1. Three ways to use the shape tools
      6m 49s
    2. Converting shapes to paths and vice versa
      1m 24s
    3. Moving, deleting, copying, and rasterizing shape layers
      5m 28s
    4. Drawing rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses
      2m 59s
    5. Drawing lines
      2m 40s
    6. Drawing polygons and stars
      1m 48s
    7. Drawing pen paths by adding, deleting, and converting anchor points
      5m 51s
    8. Drawing pen paths with hybrid anchor points
      2m 58s
    9. Inverting paths
      1m 0s
  3. 28m 19s
    1. Adding, subtracting, intersecting, excluding, and combining shapes
      3m 50s
    2. Aligning and distributing shapes
      2m 19s
    3. Coloring shape layers
      2m 1s
    4. Creating a poster by combining simple shapes, part 1
      11m 32s
    5. Creating a poster by combining simple shapes, part 2
      8m 37s
  4. 52m 55s
    1. Creating a logo with shape layers
      10m 47s
    2. Applying blend modes to shape layers
      3m 36s
    3. Applying layer effects and styles to shape layers
      2m 53s
    4. Adding strokes to shape layers
      5m 14s
    5. Applying Smart Filters to shape layers
      4m 0s
    6. Combining shape layers with layer effects, blending modes, and Smart Objects
      5m 31s
    7. Creating shape layers from type
      3m 32s
    8. Creating web buttons using shape layers
      2m 33s
    9. Using shape layers to mask multiple layers
      3m 6s
    10. Adding shape layers to a photo illustration
      7m 38s
    11. Using shape layers to apply custom gradients to type
      4m 5s
  5. 28m 52s
    1. Finding and loading custom shapes
      3m 13s
    2. Creating your own custom shape
      5m 2s
    3. Creating a custom shape from an Illustrator symbol
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a custom shape from an Illustrator Live Trace object
      9m 40s
    5. Creating seamless patterns from shape layers
      4m 18s
    6. Saving and loading shapes with the Preset Manager
      1m 38s
  6. 30m 10s
    1. What is a vector mask?
      6m 39s
    2. Converting to a selection, vector mask, or layer mask
      5m 17s
    3. Linking and unlinking vector masks
      4m 47s
    4. Using shape layers to create a photo grid
      1m 42s
    5. Feathering a vector mask edge
      2m 54s
    6. Adjusting vector mask density
      3m 16s
    7. Combining vector masks with layer masks
      3m 34s
    8. Working with paths and clipping paths
      2m 1s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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