How to add custom shapes in photoshop?

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This article will guide you to adding custom shapes in photoshop with example.

Table of contents

  • Created a new page.
  • Select the pen tool.
  • Define customm shape.
  • Open a new photoshop document.
  • Select the custom shape tool.
  • Drag out your shape

Let’s start with the first step.

Step 1: Created a new page.

In Photoshop, go up to the File menu in the Menu Bar, choose new, and then made new page.

To add a new page guide a article: How to add new page in photoshop?

Photoshop, new-page

Step 2: Select the pen tool

Select the pen tool, click on the page and start creating a shape.

Photoshop, Pen, Tool

Finally, here we have created a shape.

Photoshop, bird

After all that work, we have our shape! We’re not done yet though. We still need to define it as a Custom Shape, and we’ll see how to do that next!

Photoshop, shape

Step 3: Define custom shape

With the shape layer and its preview thumbnail selected, go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and select Define Custom Shape:

Photoshop, define-custom-shape

Photoshop will pop up the Shape Name dialog box, asking you to enter a name for your shape. I’m going to call my shape “bird”:

Photoshop, shape-name

Click OK when you’re done to exit out of the dialog box, and your Custom Shape is now ready for action! You can close out of your Photoshop document at this point since we’re done creating and saving our shape. Now we’re going to see where to find it and how to use it!

Step 4: Open a new photoshop document

Open a new blank Photoshop document by going up to your File menu at the top of the screen and choosing New… This brings up the New Document dialog box.

Photoshop, newpage

Step 5: Select the custom shape tool

With your new blank Photoshop document open, select the Custom Shape Tool from the Tools palette. By default, it’s hiding behind the Rectangle Tool, so click on the Rectangle Tool, then hold your mouse button down for a second or two until the fly-out menu appears, and then select the Custom Shape Tool from the list.

Photoshop, custom-shape-tool

Step 6: Select your custom shape

With the Custom Shape Tool selected, right-click anywhere inside your Photoshop document. You’ll see the Shape selection box appear, allowing you to select any of the currently available Custom Shapes. The shape you just created will appear as the very last shape in the selection box. Simply click on it’s little thumbnail to select it

Photoshop, Add-custam-shape

Step 7: Drag out your shape

With your Custom Shape selected, simply click inside the document and drag out the shape!

Photoshop, out-your-shape

Add as many copies of your custom shape as you like to your design, changing the color,

Photoshop, final

Thanks for reading…

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