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The most common way to think of Photoshop is as a photographic editing program. But you can also think of it as a single page illustration program. And in many ways, Photoshop is as powerful a drawing tool as its vector based counterpart, Illustrator. Take shape layers for example. Like Illustrator, Photoshop provides tools for drawing primitive shapes such as rectangles, ellipses, polygons, and stars. These tools result in vector based shape layers that you can scale to any size or resolution.
Just as we saw in the previous chapter with text. Plus you can stroke a shape and even create dashed or dotted outlines. You can align shape layers and adjust their stacking order. You can apply path operations to combine multiple path outlines thereby permitting you to build complex shapes. From primitive ones. You can blur shapes to create things like highlights and sparkles. You can draw predefined custom shapes like hearts and floral ornaments in a single drag. As well as define your own, neither of which you can do in Illustrator.
And best of all you can seamlessly integrate these shops with photographic images. I'll begin by introducing you to the various ways to create new shape layers. And then, we'll finish up the magazine cover that we began in the previous chapter. Export it as a resolution independent PDF document for commercial reproduction, and scale the cover to create a piece of poster art all with impeccable results.
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