These days, Photoshop provides a dedicated Shapes panel that contains folders full of predefined, vector-based shapes. Not geometric shapes—such as rectangles, ellipses, or triangles—but representational shapes, like leafy trees, wild animals, boats, and flowers. In one second, you can drag-and-drop a full-on submarine.
- [Instructor] All right, I'm going to start off … with a look at the shapes panel, … which is available inside the most recent version … of Photoshop. … And so you want to go up to the Window menu … and choose the Shapes command … in order to bring up the shapes panel, … which was introduced, by the way, in Photoshop 2020. … Now, I'm going to make this panel much larger … by dragging its bottom-left corner right here. … And you may be seeing small thumbnails as I am right now, … or you could switch to large thumbnails … if you want a bigger view. … Now, exactly what thumbnails you're going to see … depends on how long you've been working inside Photoshop. … So if you've been using the program for the last few years … and you haven't reset your preferences, … you'll probably see some loose shapes up here, … which are the default vector-based shapes from the old days, … along with these four folders here, … which were introduced once again, inside Photoshop 2020. … You may also have your own custom shapes. …
- 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