Let’s say you draw a sycamore tree, followed by a giraffe. Photoshop expresses both objects as independent shape layers, which are special varieties of a scalable, vector-based object in an otherwise pixel-based program. In this video, learn how to combine two path outlines into a single shapes layer, complete with a continuous gradient fill.
- [Instructor] All right now, notice over here … in the layers panel … that we have two vector base shape layers … and we know they're vectors … because of this little anchor point icon … in the bottom right corner of each of the thumbnails … and so let's say what I really want to do is combine … both of these vectors onto a single layer. … In that case, … you want to switch to your path selection tool, … the one that most folks call the black arrow … and then you want to make sure … one of your shape layers is selected here … inside the layers panel. … In my case, … it's the giraffe layer … and then just go ahead … and click inside that giraffe to select it. … Then go up to the edit menu and choose the cut command … or you've got that universal keyboard shortcut … of control+X here on a PC or command+X on the Mac … and that will not only cut the giraffe … but that deletes its layer as as well. … So, as you can see here, … we no longer have a giraffe layer … and so the next layer down …
- Creating custom shapes with a simple drag
- Combining custom shapes onto a single Photoshop layer
- Copying and pasting custom shapes
- Smoothing out jagged outlines with the Simplify command
- Creating your own custom shape with Image Trace
- Integrating custom shapes into vector-based artwork