Adding a shape layer


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Adding a shape layer

Shape layers are a special kind of layer made up of a color and a vector mask that defines the shape. When you need a geometric or graphic shape, it makes sense to use a Shape layer rather than to fill a selection on a regular layer because you can always reshape a shape layer without degrading its image quality, or resize it and its edges are likely to be much smoother than the edges of the shape on a regular pixel-based layer. Let's take a look at this layer, the circle layer which is a pixel-based layer. If I get my Zoom tool and zoom in on that, you can see that its edges are indeed made up of square pixels.

If I were to scale up this pixel- based object, it wouldn't look very good. You might actually be able to see the jagged edges of the shape as you can here when I am zoomed in. And if this was a photograph, the photograph would probably get blurry and soft if I scale it up too far. By contrast, a shape layer does allow you to scale and resize. So let's see how to make a s...

Adding a shape layer
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Adding a shape layer provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

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Photography
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