Add Multiple Shapes With Uniform Spacing

Add Multiple Shapes With Uniform Spacing

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

 

How to Add Multiple Shapes with Uniform Spacing in Photoshop

 

 

There are times when you need to add several shapes to your Photoshop document with uniform spacing. With this technique, we'll create a shape, then copy and move the duplicate.

By choosing Transform Again, multiple versions of the object are added with the same transformation.

 

Step One

Open a blank document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi.

Step Two

Select the Rounded Rectangle Shape tool. Set the tool options to Shape Layers and set a fill color.

Step Three

Click-drag to add your new shape to the workspace.

Step Four

The Rounded Rectangle shape layer should be active. Choose the Direct Selection tool and marquee drag to select the rectangle. The points on the shape's outline should appear as black squares.

Step Five

Copy/Paste to create another shape in front of the one your just drew by choosing Cmd/c (PC - Ctrl/c), then Cmd/v (PC - Ctrl/v).

Step Six

Press Cmd/t (PC - Ctrl/t) to activate the Transform tool. Press the Shift key and click-drag the front object to the right. To accept the transformation, press the Return or Enter.

Step Seven

Press Option/Cmd/Shift/t (PC - Alt/Ctrl/Shift/t) multiple times to add several uniformly spaced duplicate objects.

Step Eight

Open another blank 500 pixel by 500 pixel Photoshop document. This time we will use a similar technique to create a series of dots for a clock face.

Step Nine

With the Rulers showing (Cmd/r (PC - Ctrl/r)), Drag a horizontal and vertical Guide to the center of the document. The intersection of the Guides marks the center of the clock face.

Step Ten

Select the Ellipse Shape tool (u key). Set the tool options to Shape Layers and set a fill color.

Step Eleven

Click-drag to add your new shape to the workspace. It should be placed in the 12 o'clock position.

Step Twelve

The Ellipse shape layer should be active. Choose the Direct Selection tool and marquee drag to select the circle. The points defining the circle should appear as black squares.

Step Thirteen

Copy/Paste to create another shape in front of the one your just drew by choosing Cmd/c (PC - Ctrl/c), then Cmd/v (PC - Ctrl/v).

Step Fourteen

Press Cmd/t (PC - Ctrl/t) to activate the Transform tool. Press and hold the Option key (PC - Alt key), then drag the center point to the intersection of the two guides. In the tool options, enter 30 for the Angle value, then press Return or Enter twice.

Step Fifteen

Press Option/Cmd/Shift/t (PC - Alt/Ctrl/Shift/t) multiple times to add several uniformly spaced duplicate objects.

Adding Class with Layer Styles

To add some depth to your Ellipse layer, try adding multiple Layer Styles (i.e., Emboss, Drop Shadow, etc.).

 

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