Find out how to combine shapes using the Path Operations options in Photoshop.
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- This movie is about our Path Operations. I'm going to choose my elliptical shape tool. I'm on the Combine layer and before I draw my circle, I'm going to choose to Combine Shapes. I have changed my circle options to draw a constrain circle from the center. So, now I'm just going to click at that point, draw myself a circle to combine those two shapes. Now, these are live shapes. So, as I move one around, that relationship between them updates.
There may be times when you need to merge the shape components in which case you can choose that option. It's no longer a live shape but I would now have the option of coming and choosing my direct selection tool and clicking on that point and editing the shape from that anchor point. Let me just undo that. Let me also mention that having combined shapes, you can separate them. So, to separate the shapes, what I would need to do is come and with my path selection tool, click on this circle.
Let's say I intended it to end up on its own layer, then I can come to my Layer menu and choose New, Layer Via Cut and that's now on its own layer. If I want to put it back, I can select those two layers and from my Layers panel menu, I can choose Merge Shapes. And since Combine Shapes is my path operation behavior, that's what they do. So, now moving onto Subtract.
Once again, I choose my circle and by the way, no matter what color I choose for this circle, it's going to end up as being the color that's already there because you can only have one color per shape layer. So, this time I will choose to Subtract the Front Shape. Aand we get that. Now, different scenario here. Let's say I want the left circle as we look at the screen to take a bite out of the right circle. Well, what I can do is combine these shapes.
So, these path operations, they're live. We can just come and change them. These two are now combined and then I can come and get my path tool. Select the one on the left and change its stacking order to bring it to the front and then back to my path operations and choose Subtract Front Shape. So, now moving onto Intersect, choose Intersect Shape Area and that is what we'll get and then Exclude Overlap.
And that's what we'll get.
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