In this video, Deke shows you how to select and copy multiple custom shapes in Photoshop. The trick is to assemble all the path outlines on a single shape layer, partially marquee them with the Black Arrow or Path Selection tool, and then choose Edit > Copy. After pasting the paths in Illustrator, you may need to choose Ungroup, followed by Release Compound Path.
- [Instructor] In this movie, … I'll show you how to copy multiple custom path outlines … in Photoshop and then paste them into Illustrator. … So, first of all, … all of your custom shapes have to be … on a single shape layer … just as they were at the end of the first chapter. … Then you want to switch to the black arrow tool, … the one that Photoshop calls the path selection tool … even though it has a keyboard shortcut of A for arrow. … Now, assuming that the shape layer is active … here inside the layers panel, … you may see all of the anchor points … which would demonstrate that the paths are selected. … In my case, I'm not seeing any anchor points. … So, I need to partially marquee … through these three objects, like so … in order to draw a rectangular marquee, … as you're seeing here and then when I release, … I will go ahead and select all three … of those custom path outlines … at which point, … I'll go up to the edit menu … and choose the copy command … or again, you can press control+C or command+C on the Mac. …
- 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