Copying a custom shape from Photoshop and pasting it into Illustrator doesn’t always work. In Photoshop, you have to copy the shape with the Black Arrow or Path Selection tool, not the Move tool. Otherwise, Illustrator’s Paste command will be dimmed. In which case, Deke shows you a couple of different ways to fix a broken Clipboard.
- [Instructor] All right, now let's see … how to troubleshoot the copy and paste process … because it can get very broken … and so here I am inside Photoshop once again. … I'll go up to the window menu … and choose the shapes command to bring up that shapes panel … and this time I'm going to twirl open this group … called spiral shapes down here … and I'll go ahead and grab this shape, shape 169 … and I'll drag it and drop it into the image window … and I'll go ahead and scale it to whatever size they like … and I'll press the enter key … or the return key on the Mac to accept that new shape layer. … All right, now I'll hide the shapes panel … and notice at least in this version of Photoshop, … that every time you place the shape, … the program returns control … to the move tool up here at the top of the toolbox … and so it's very tempting just to go up to the edit menu … and choose the copy command … or press that keyboard shortcut of control+C … or command+C on the Mac, … which works just fine inside Photoshop. …
- 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