As you might imagine, not all of Photoshop’s custom shapes are created equal. Some appear to be hand-drawn. Others appear to have been auto-traced from low-resolution images, which can lead to very jagged results. But that’s not a problem, because you can smooth out even the most jagged of vector-based path outlines in Illustrator using the Simplify command, which itself—in Illustrator 2020 and later—is so simple that it employs a single slider bar.
[Instructor] All right, now, as you might imagine, … not all of Photoshop's custom shapes are created equally. … Some of them appear to be hand-drawn, … but others are obviously derived from pixel-based images, … using Illustrator's automated image trace function, … which is actually a great feature, … but when applied to low resolution images, … you get jagged results. … But that's not necessarily a problem, … because we can take those jagged path outlines … and smooth them over using Illustrator's Simplify function. … And so here I am inside Photoshop, by the way. … And so I'll go up to the Window menu … and drop down to the Shapes command … in order to bring up the shapes panel. … And then notice this group right here, Leafless Trees. … I'll go ahead and twirl it open … by clicking on that triangle there. … And just get a load of these guys. … Don't you want every single one of these path outlines … to work out perfectly? … Well, just by way of demonstration, … I'll grab this custom shape, Yew tree, …
- 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