Your auto-trace may contain unwanted details that aren’t attached to your core custom shape. In which case, convert your Image Trace object to a static, compound path outline by clicking on the Expand button in the Properties or Control panel. Then choose the Ungroup command, Shift-click on the main path to deselect it, and press the Backspace or Delete key to get rid of all the excess garbage. Finally, apply the Simplify command.
- [Instructor] All right now, notice this area right here. … If I was to zoom in on it by pressing ctrl + … or cmd + on a Mac, … you can see that we have a bunch of loose garbage … that's not actually attached to the tree, … and the best way to get rid of that stuff … is to expand the image trace, … which is going to turn it into static path outlines, … and that's also going to give us a chance … to simplify the path. … And so I'll go ahead and press ctrl + 0 … or cmd + 0 on the Mac to center my zoom, … and then I'll click on the tree in order to select it. … And now you can click on the expand button, … either up here in the horizontal control panel … or down here at the bottom of the properties panel, … and that is going to convert the image tracing … to an extremely complicated path outline. … Now, if you take a look at the top of the properties panel … or the far left side of the horizontal control panel, … you can see that we have a group, … which is not something we want, … so right-click anywhere inside the document window …
- 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