In this video, learn how to draw a custom star—or blast—shape with the Pen tool. As well as edit that star with the White Arrow—or, if you prefer, Direct Selection tool. By default, the Pen tool draws path outlines that live in the Paths panel. To turn a selected path into a custom shape, choose Edit > Define Custom Shape. After that, you can deploy your predrawn path again and again from the Shapes panel.
- [Instructor] All right, now I'll show you how … to create your own custom shape. … And so I'll go ahead and switch to the Pen Tool, … which you can get by pressing the P key. … And I'll just draw something simple, like a custom star. … So notice that I'm clicking with the Pen Tool … in order to create corner points. … If you see an advertisement that wants to switch you … to the Curvature Tool, just go ahead and dismiss it, … and that way you can create your own custom star. … Now, if you decide that you want to move some … of the anchor points around, … all you have to do is press and hold the ctrl key … or the cmd key on the Mac … in order to temporarily access the White Arrow Tool, … the one that allows you to select individual anchor points … and drag them around like so. … So I'll just go ahead and drag a few of these guys … to different positions in order to come up with … what is potentially a more desirable effect. … All right, now, notice up here in the options bar … that this first pop-up menu is set to Path, …
- 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